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Enjoy some of the finest content on the internet from our talented writers at AngelsWin.com on our Blog here. From the Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball, our feature stories throughout the season & offseason, to our annual primer series by Robert Cunningham and to all of our player/prospect interviews, prospect hotlists and our annual top-30 prospects list. 

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Eric Torres Talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com Torres spent three seasons pitching at Kansas State and was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team in 2021. He made 49 relief appearances there as a junior before the Los Angeles Angels selected him in the 14th-round in the 2021 draft. Last summer after he signed, Torres went straight to Tri-Cities, the Angels High-A affiliate where he had eight appearances that included four

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels Top Prospect Logan O'Hoppe

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com September 20th, 2022 It didn't take Logan O'Hoppe long to make an impression with his teammates and the entire Southern league after the trade that sent Brandon Marsh to the Phillies in exchange for the Angels newly ranked top prospect. Since joining the Trash Pandas on August 4th Logan O'Hoppe ranked first on the team in Home Runs - (11), Runs Batted In - (33), On-Base Percentage - (.484)

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels 2021 First Round Pick Sam Bachman

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com October 20th, 2022 We spoke with Sam Bachman on the final weekend of the regular season about his first full year of professional ball with the Trash Pandas, how he had to deal with injuries, what were his finest moments over the past couple years, what draft day was like and much more, including learning a little bit about Bachman's personal life and hobbies.  Bachman is the first pla

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels LHP Prospect Ky Bush

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com October 13th, 2022 What a season it has been for the Angels 2021 second-round pick. Bush was selected to the Futures Games and was selected to pitch Game One of the Southern League playoffs against the Tennessee Smokies and blanked the opposition over five scoreless innings and earned the win.  The 6-foot-6 Bush saw his fastball tick up from 88-90 mph in junior college to topping out a

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AngelsWin.com Exclusive Interview with Angels Prospect Chase Silseth

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com September 22nd, 2022 It has been quite a season for Chase Silseth as he made his major league debut less than a year after being drafted by the Angels in the 11th round of the 2021 amateur draft and he was a significant contributor in the Trash Pandas first ever (combined) no-hitter where he spun seven hitless innings against Biloxi (on 9/3). Silseth also won two Southern Player of the Week

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Los Angeles Angels Top Relief Prospect Ben Joyce talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com 105.5. That’s a number. But it’s not just any number. That’s the speed of a fastball thrown by Ben Joyce—the fastest pitch ever thrown in college baseball and the third fastest pitch ever sitting just behind two pitches thrown by Aroldis Chapman. Joyce didn’t just do it once—he consistently threw above 103.5 mph, or faster than every pitch thrown in the Major Leagues last year. Joyce recent

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Los Angeles Angels 2022 First Round Pick Zach Neto talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com August 21st, 2022 MADISON, Alabama – Coming off an electric walk-off win the previous night after an hour long rain delay in the 9th inning, all of the players were loose and in good spirits on Sunday. Zach Neto the Angels first round pick in the 2022 amateur draft talked with us for nearly 10 minutes and described the clubhouse's positive atmosphere, the talent on the ball club and his jou

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels RHP Prospect Caden Dana

Interview conducted by Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com November 24th, 2022 The Angels drafted the 18-year old Caden Dana in the 11th round this past summer with a signing bonus of $1,497,500, breaking a record for the highest bonus given to a player drafted after the tenth round. MLB.com had his draft slot valued at $125,000, a difference of $1,372,500.  The 6-foot-4 pitcher touches 95 mph consistently and touched higher than that in shorter stints in 2021, showing the ability to

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels LHP Relief Prospect Kolton Ingram

Photo by: Javier Sanchez/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com November 24th, 2022 Kolton Ingram pitched in 50 games for the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas in 2022 and went 6-2 with a 2.67 ERA, 0.92 WHIP while striking out 73 batters.  He led all of Double-A qualified relief pitchers in holds with 13. The former Detroit Tigers 37th-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft turned 26-years-old in October and after his solid season in Double-A the Angels rewarded him by

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with Angels 3B Prospect Werner Blakely

Interview conducted by Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Werner Blakely grew up in Detroit and was Michigan's top high school player in the 2020 draft class. Due to the coronavirus pandemic he did not get a chance to play his senior season, but the Angels still drafted him in the fifth round and gave him an above-slot bonus ($900,000) to pass up an Auburn commitment. Blakely has what scouts drool over with a long, lean, projectable frame with above average athleticism. He has a good eye and

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AngelsWin.com's Exclusive Interview with prospect Kyren Paris

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com October 26th, 2022 The Angels 2019 second round 2B/SS was coming off a promising 2021 season in Low-A ball where he hit .267/.388/.459, with 4 HR and swiped 22 bases across 47 games. The plate discipline which led to a .388 OBP combined with speed on the bases excited the Angels and their fans with the hope of solidifying a void at the leadoff spot with the big league club. The showing skyr

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Shohei Ohtani's Historic 2022 Season

SHOHEI OHTANI – MAKING HISTORY The 28-year-old reigning A.L. MVP and 2018 A.L. Rookie of the Year has completed his 2022 season with a 15-9 record with a 2.33 ERA (166 IP – 43 ER) and 219 strikeouts in 28 pitching starts, while holding opponents to a .203 average (124/610). As a hitter, he had 90 runs scored, 30 doubles, six triples, 34 home runs, 95 RBI, 72 walks, 11 stolen bases and a .875 OPS. Below are some additional accomplishments this season: FIRST PLAYER EVER… Is t

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Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball

AngelsWin.com's Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball When the word went out that AngelsWin.com was compiling a list of the 50 greatest moments in Angels history, my first thought, sadly enough, was to the tumultuous moments in our team’s history: I thought of how the Angels have always been second-class citizens living in the shadow of Chavez Ravine; or how we have spent most of our history grasping at greatness, yet coming up empty. I did not immediately think about the World Series

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Luke Murphy Talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com Luke Murphy spent two seasons in the Vanderbilt Commodores’ bullpen and tied for the team lead with nine saves in 2021. In his final game at Vandy, Murphy pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in what was a decisive Game 3 of the 2021 College World Series vs. Mississippi State. The Angels loved his high octane arm and took him in the fourth round of their pitching-only 2021 Draft. Now Murphy's ho

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Sonny DiChiara Talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com The Angels selected first baseman Sonny DiChiara in the fifth round (148th overall) out of Auburn. DiChiara started in all 61 games played for the Tigers batting .838 (79/206) with 15 doubles, 22 home runs, 59 RBI and 59 runs scored. DiChiara was named First Team All-America by ABCA, Baseball America, D1 Baseball and Perfect Game and Second Team AllAmerica by College Baseball Foundation, Co

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All You Need To Know about the Los Angeles Angels Arizona Complex & Dominican Summer League Prospects

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com When taking a look at performances from the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Complex League, there is an obvious caveat about the variance in play. Pending the league, the ages can vary from 16-years-old to 21-year-olds in the Dominican and 18-years-olds fresh out of high school or out of country to 24-years-olds who have spent the last four or five years at some of the premier college programs in the nation. Most kids haven't grown into their bodies s

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Los Angeles Angels OF/1B Prospect Ryan Aguilar talks with AngelsWin.com

Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com   Welcome to the show Ryan Aguilar! You’re joining a distinguished group of University of Arizona players to make their debut this year, as you’ll be the 5th former UA player to do so. Not every prospect has a direct or easy path to the Major Leagues. In fact, no two prospects follow the same trajectory over the course of their careers. This is why we love interviewing and getting to k

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Los Angeles Angels 2022 Amateur Draft Recap

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Columnist GENERAL THOUGHTS Perspective only comes with a full view. I write this as a caveat, as most will make an initial knee-jerk reaction to any club's first-round selection and make that the brash opinion of the entire draft for the club as it has the most value and is the one with the most accessible perceptions as to the player taken. For example, speaking to a Texas Rangers fanatic on Sunday night, he was distraught that Texas spent their fir

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MLB 2022 Amateur Mock Draft (Final) - By Taylor Blake Ward

By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com Feature Writer The clock is now down to days before the first name in the 2022 MLB Draft is called. I’ve been gathering information from around the industry to put together my final in-detail mock draft for 2022, and will have a names only one coming just prior to the draft itself on Sunday at 4pm PT. You can read my first and only other mock for the year, Mock Draft 1.0, from HomePlateView.com from July 1, here As noted throughout, the top pick

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SHOHEI OHTANI: A Baseball Virtuoso

NHK has followed baseball's two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani closely since his Major League debut in 2018. This program unravels the story behind Ohtani's ability to both pitch and bat at the highest level. We hear from his interpreter and team personnel who have supported him on and off the field. We also take a look at the importance of his father's training in his emergence as a baseball superstar. Join us behind the scenes at such pivotal points as Ohtani's battle to recover from el

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Los Angeles Angels 2022 MLB Amateur Draft Preview

By @taylorblakeward, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer With just under a month before the first name is called in the 2022 Major League Baseball amateur Draft, we take a look at some of the potential candidates for the Angels first selection at pick No. 13, as well as some personal favorites who may be options with their second pick, which comes in the third round at No. 89. With a prep and bat-heavy class at the top, it is safe to rule out some names no matter how unorthodox the draft may pa

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A Fighting Farewell (1993): The Story Behind the Robin Ventura/Nolan Ryan Fight

By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Contributor Of all of Nolan Ryan's achievements, few garnered more attention than the 20-second skirmish between Ryan and veteran third baseman Robin Ventura in 1993. The fight has come to symbolize his Texas toughness, and it made Ryan a symbol of middle-age defiance. Much has been made about the "Ventura Fight" but most don't realize its roots started three years earlier in Florida. In the 1990s, Chicago's Craig Grebeck was one of baseball's smalles

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Saddle Up, We're Going Home! The AngelsWin.com Store is Back Open for Business

We're launching our new website store featuring the Angels home run dugout celebration with "Saddle Up, We're Going Home" t-shirts. These can be had for both men & women in different colors, styles and sizes.  This cowboy hat celebration in the dugout after an Angel hits a home run has been loved by fans on social media and the airwaves.  We got confirmation when we asked Angels fans on social media what they thought of the cowboy hat home run celebration in the dugout. T

New Documentary in Theatres Soon - "Facing Nolan Ryan"

Our old friend Rob Goldman who brought us Once they were Angels, Always an Angel (Tim Salmon biography) and Nolan Ryan - The making of a pitcher and so many historical articles years ago, is back with a video production - Facing Nolan Ryan. Available in theatres on May 24th and at some point on streaming platforms as well.  You can check your local theatres to see where it will be playing here: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Facing-Nolan- Check out the trailer. It looks awesome!! 

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Los Angeles Angels 2022 Top-30 Prospects

by AngelsWin Prospect Posse  Introduction Ranking the Angels prospects over the last two seasons has been tricky, largely due to the lost minor league season in 2020; we still don’t know how that will affect prospects in the long-term. Another factor that has defined the Angels farm recently is that the talent is largely pooled at the lower levels – especially with the graduation of players like Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Chris Rodriguez and now, Reid Detmers. Only Detmers has retained

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