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  1. By @Inside Pitch, AngelsWin.com Contributor Pitcherpalooza!!! Two days and 10 rounds into the 2021 MLB draft and we can honestly say it's been a bit of a fun if somewhat "steady" ride... Day one started off with a bang when the consensus "draft day" first overall pick, SS Marcelo Mayer was passed over for Louisville C, Henry Davis. So, was it really a surprise when the Angels' pick came up at number 9 and the consensus "pre-season" first overall pick was still on the board? Yup! The miraculous actually happened, Kumar Rocker was available! Angel fans everywhere rejoiced at what they believed was an easy choice, a no brainer ... right? WRONG! The Halos brain-trust sent the fanbase into a complete tailspin by selecting Miami of Ohio RHP Sam Bachman. While people everywhere lost their collective minds, the Angels remained resolute that they made the right choice. Angels farm director Matt Swanson was quick to praise Bachman for his work ethic, elite GB tendencies, and plus/plus two pitch combo that includes a FB that's been clocked as high as 101 MPH and a wipeout slider that scouts have given a 65 or 70 grade depending on the sources. Bachman joins the Angels with some risks, he's had shoulder and hip issues that limited him to 59 innings, but it's what he's done when he's pitched that drove the Angels decision -- 93 Ks, only 17 BBs and 1 HR allowed over 59.2 innings.. When it's all said and done Bachman is exactly the sort of pitcher the Angels needed, a college arm full of upside who at worst profiles as an elite back end RP. Be happy. Bachman and Rocker's careers will no doubt he compared to each other if for no other reason because Rocker was a known guy with an impressive resume who pitched for one of college baseball's powerhouses, but if you scratch beneath the surface you'll find plenty of similarities both on the good and bad side. Both guys have performed when they have been on the mound, both guys have lingering questions... But the Angels are banking on Bachman continuing to develop. They are betting the work ethic and dedication to his craft that has transformed him from an undrafted HS pitcher who worked in the upper 80s to lower 90s into the 101 MPH fireballer who was taken 9th in the first round will continue to elevate him at the next level -- he just needs to stay healthy and do exactly what he's shown he can do .. work. But wait, there's more... pitchers.... With their 2nd pick the Angels selected college LHP Ky Bush out of St Mary's College in Moraga CA. Bush is a giant of a man, 6'6 240lbs. In 14 starts he went 7-5 with a 2.99 ERA and 112 Ks over 78.1 IP, Bush's FB goes 90-96 typically sitting at 94 MPH and a hard top to bottom breaking slider as well as a curve and the early makings of a change up. Scouts have been talking up Bush's deception and ability to keep the ball in the park (only 3 HRs allowed in 2021). There is some projection left in him still. The third round was more of the same and yet very different. With their third pick the Angels selected LSU RHP Landon Marceaux. The soon to be former LSU Tiger went 7-7 with a 2.54 ERA over 102.2 innings and 116Ks. Marceaux is less of a power pitcher than either of the Angels first two selections with a FB that routinely sits 90-92, but he makes up for that lack of brute power with 55 grades on his curveball, changeup, and slider. The curve has been his best pitch since HS,a top down breaker that he can throw for strikes. He's likely the Angels "safest" pick so far in 2021. With their fourth pick (#110 overall), the Angels targeted Vanderbilt University RHP Luke Murphy. Murphy was a 3rd year freshman coming out of the Vandy pen. Another big bodied pitcher (6'5), Murphy works a 93-96 and can hit 99 with his FB. He's got a power curve he throws in the mid 80s and a change also in the mid 80s. Murphy threw 41.1 innings of 2,40 ERA ball with 9 saves, 61Ks .vs 15 BB. He needs to work on control but he's got high leverage RP ability. In the 5th (171st overall), the Angels selected RHP Brett Kerry out of South Carolina. Mostly a RP, the Angels are looking at him as a SP. Despite being on the smaller side 6'0 213 lbs, Kerry can hit 96 with his FB. He went 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA and 84 Ks 10 BB over 54.1 innings. Maybe more importantly, he was at his absolute best when facing the best. Kerry pitched 11.2 innings of 7 hit, 1 run ball with 16 Ks in the CWS Championship Series. In the 6th the took yet another college SP, RHer Jake Smith from the University of Miami. Smith started the year in the Hurricane's pen then moved into the rotation. He's got a nice three pitch mix, FB that he works in the mid 90s that can touch 98 a mid 80s slider and a changeup with some late movement. On the season he went 3-1 over 47 IP with 63 Ks. In the 7th round the Angels again went after an arm, Arkansas Razorback Ryan Costeiu. A RP, he sits 93-94 with his FB with a plus change. There isn't a lot of projection here, but he was seemingly becoming one of the Razorback's go to guys out of the pen as the season wore on. Next up... LHP Nick Jones from Georgia Southern University. Jones tied the school record with 17 saves, going 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA and 67 Ks in 44.2 innings. He's a bean pole at 6'6 and only 210 pounds, so there may yet be some projection there. With their 9th pick the Angels selected RHP Braden Olthoff from Tulane. 6'4'' 248 he's got a workhorse's body. In 13 starts he went 6-3 with a 3.62 ERA over 78.2 innings with 91 Ks .vs 11 BB. He doesn't throw hard at all -- topping out at 92 maybe, but he's got great control a really good slider and a change up that darts all over the place. He's a fun pitcher to watch. With their final selection of day 2 the Angels took Andrew Peters our of the University of South Carolina. Peters worked exclusively from the pen in 2021 -- he struggles with the command of a FB that can get as high as 97-98 and slider and changeup. There isn't much in the way of projection left but plenty of room for refinement. It was a bit of a departure from what we had grown accustomed to in recent years. No toolsy HS position players.. actually no HS players period. Perhaps we see that with the 11th pick and throughout day three but when when everything is said and done the Angels seemingly went about what may have been a difficult draft by making the simplest of choices -- they targeted arms for a farm system that really needs to add depth on the pitching side. View the full article
    11 points
  2. At 45 second timeout, Ohtani-san said, "Tired out, tired out. How many seconds left?" The commentator of Japanese broadcasting, "Too much pre-practice..." After the end, to the Japanese interviewer, Ohtani-san said, "It was fun. The atmosphere was good and it was a good experience."
    6 points
  3. Absolutely nothing. It's the greatest job ever. - Sent from work computer
    5 points
  4. “The organization needs a reboot” because of something that happened during home run derby is one of the stupidest fucking takes I’ve read on here.
    5 points
  5. You tune in to watch the home run derby but you never see the ball travel. Never see the arch of the hit, just a bunch of fans scrambling not to get hit. This is such a colossal failure of both format, the sped up hitting to a clock and the inability to show the actual ball flight. MLB and ESPN should high five themselves for making baseball even less appealing.
    5 points
  6. By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer So now that we have performed some basic analysis to understand where the Angels are strong and weak and which teams are likely sellers, buyers, or somewhere in-between, we can make more knowledgeable guesses about how the Angels might generally upgrade, whom they might sell, and the probable, more specific target areas of improvement. The first step is to determine who the Halos plan to build the team around moving forward into the future. These names represent likely, key, productive players, on the 40-man roster, that are either controllable long-term, are on contract, and/or are difficult to move in a trade: C Max Stassi 1B Jared Walsh 2B David Fletcher 3B Anthony Rendon LF Justin Upton CF Mike Trout RF Jo Adell CF Brandon Marsh DH Shohei Ohtani SP Griffin Canning SP Patrick Sandoval SP Jose Suarez SP Chris Rodriguez Most of the identified players above are either under contract for one or more seasons (Trout, Ohtani, Fletcher, Rendon, and Upton), arbitration-controlled for more than the 2021 season (Stassi), or are young and controllable (Walsh, Adell, Marsh, Canning, Sandoval, Suarez, and Rodriguez) talent for multiple seasons. This does not mean that one or more of them could not be included in a deal, but the Angels probably want or have to hold on to these names, in all likelihood. Nothing is promised, but this list represents a more probable part of the Angels future. Also, there are other players who are borderline keepers, such as Matt Thaiss, Taylor Ward, and Luis Rengifo, that are young, controllable, talented players, but may not have a positional home on future Angels squads. These are the type of guys you want to find playing time for, whether in the Majors or down in the Minors, but may serve the team's future, better, by utilizing their value in trade for a position of need. Now that we know who is more likely to stay, you can create a list of those players the Angels are more likely to move before the Trade Deadline. If the Angels are sellers then anyone with an expiring contract, such as Raisel Iglesias for example, would be fair game in discussions with other teams, as seen below: SP Alex Cobb SP Dylan Bundy SP Andrew Heaney RP Raisel Iglesias SP Jose Quintana SS Jose Iglesias C Kurt Suzuki OF Juan Lagares RP Alex Claudio RP Steve Cishek RP Tony Watson That is a lot of guys heading out the door after this season! Not to mention GM Perry Minasian will have to fill those spots from our farm system, trade, or free agency in order to compete effectively in 2022 and beyond. This is why the Angels may be faced with a tough decision leading into the Trade Deadline. If they don’t feel really confident they can sneak into the playoffs, selling is a near certainty. Of course, if they improve in July, a chance at a Wild Card spot could increasingly materialize, which may force Minasian and the front office to retain some, if not all, of the names above. So the bottom line is that if the Halos have less than a 10% chance at the playoffs in late July, they are probable sellers. If they are borderline (say no more than a 20% chance to make the playoffs), they could be both buyers and sellers, trying to move one or two key assets in trade, getting back controllable prospects and/or players in return, while at the same time looking at targets of opportunity to bring in for the remainder of the season. Also, if by some miracle, they make a sustained run for the Division in July, Minasian may gamble, if he can, on a much larger transformative transaction, such as a controllable, bona fide, ace-level starter or impact bat. Now that we have identified potential keepers and movers, we need to use some of the analysis from the previous articles, to make educated guesses at some of the more probable targets that GM Perry Minasian could focus on. Starting with the Angels as buyers there are four, more probable, areas that the Angels front office might earmark for upgrade: Backup catcher Starting pitching Right field Bullpen As much as everyone wanted Kurt Suzuki to succeed, he has not performed well at all. Known as an offensive-oriented catcher, he has, unfortunately, failed in that capacity and when combined with his very poor defense, he has been a serious liability, despite his apparent rapport with Shohei Ohtani. Finding a backup catcher with good defense and, preferably based on our analysis, the ability to hit right-handed pitching well is a move that would likely bring solid dividends to the team moving forward, particularly if that catcher has long-term team control. The Angels were in the hunt for Gerrit Cole, previously, and had interest in Trevor Bauer, more recently, so it is not a secret that the rotation has been a source of great grief for the team over the last few years. Finding an ace-level starter is not an easy task, there are not that many truly good top-of-the-rotation guys out there and gambling on a top prospect, who has little experience against Major League hitters, is also a perilous undertaking. This will not be a simple solution and generally teams do not part with this type of elite starter, so this is less probable, particularly when you consider the Angels odds of qualifying for a Wild Card spot. Here, Minasian is more likely to pick up a front-end or middle-of-the-rotation starter with an expiring contract (i.e. they are a free agent after the end of this season), if the Angels really do decide to push in on this season with the caveat that, should a controllable front-end type target become available, Perry may move assets, now, to make that a reality. Beyond the catching corps and rotation, the Angels could possibly pick up a temporary right fielder on an expiring contract. This will depend on a lot of factors, including the continuing production of Taylor Ward and the performance of Angels top prospect Jo Adell, who is slugging the ball well at AAA Salt Lake City, but is still striking out at an elevated rate. Here, it feels like Minasian will only go outside of the organization if he can acquire an inexpensive, temporary solution, otherwise the team is probably best served with one of the internal options, despite the fact that Ward has not been great on defense, but he has been solid on offense, while Adell struggled in his first call up, but has immense potential on both sides of the ball. Finally, the bullpen has been a real thorn in the first half of the season, with some acquisitions excelling (Iglesias for instance), while others have been underperforming (Watson and Slegers for example). Basically, if the Angels are competing, this is another area that the front office could probably upgrade without a large expenditure of resources. Finding a reasonably good relief arm, particularly if they are at least decently good against left-handed hitters, would add a lot to the later innings of a ballgame for the Halos. Of course there are always scenarios we cannot see from the outside and there is a lot of information the Angels know that we do not have, so there is a fog of war that prevents us, as fans, from seeing the full picture here. However, the basic analysis and identification of assets to keep and pieces to sell, based on strengths and weaknesses, can narrow down the search and provide more probable avenues for not only the Angels, but for us, here at Angelswin.com, to explore. If you were the Angels GM, which players would you keep long-term, which would you try to sell at the Trade Deadline, and what areas of the roster would you try to upgrade? Up next - 2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Probable Assets to Acquire View the full article
    4 points
  7. Given that they’ve gone with what looks to be relatively cheap college pitching, I’d bet there’s a good chance they can throw a big offer at Albright. Honestly, since they’ve chosen 18 other college pitchers so far, the fact they deviated for this one guy makes me think they’re confident in signing him, otherwise they would have just drafted another college arm the way things are going.
    4 points
  8. I had a little fun with this to trigger Dodgers fans... Also....
    4 points
  9. To confuse and frustrate fans who want consistency from the TV broadcasts.
    4 points
  10. How about Trout? He's not playing anymore, so why not? He can also give us some good weather reports from around the league.
    4 points
  11. I'm certainly not in a position to be critical of the draft. The guys making the picks have spent months on this and it does make some sense to go the route they did considering it seems there were more draft eligible college players this year than usual. Plus, the real proof will come with how they use their development process to make some of these guys major leaguers like they did with Detmers. It's interesting that several other teams pretty much went down the same path including ones that typically draft very well. This has been a fairly weird draft so far from my perspective. Not just for the halos.
    4 points
  12. Next year they'll draft 10 RFers who can catch a ball.
    4 points
  13. Third week in a row that an Angels player has won this award.
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Over the past few years, the Angels and most other teams don't send their draft pick pitchers out to teams at the higher levels to control their innings pitched. They will usually send them to their complex to work on strength training and keep on a throwing program and they will not see any game time the year they are drafted. Basically, by doing this, they don't need to release anyone on the other rosters to fit in the new draft picks yet.
    3 points
  16. Black dude with an A+ name. Instantly one of my faves.
    3 points
  17. Mason Albright 2020. I always enjoyed working with Lefties. I like his easy fluid delivery and the curve ball comes off his hand pretty good. I would teach him a cutter and tell him to throw it 40-50% of the time. Might keep your eyes on this one and follow him in the minors..Could be a midpick gem. ***edit*** I use to love dominating wannabe hitters like the first dude. Looks the part with all the stance, sleeves and jewelry! Then watch them give up and lock up on a forball at the knees....babye!
    3 points
  18. Chuckster70

    Daron Sutton let go

    I think they do know which is why they pulled the plug on Sutton. I liked Daron, but I don't think he's ready for primetime because let's face it.... the Angels have two of the biggest stars in MLB, so they need a good PBP guy or gal calling these games in the second half. Some of Sutton's Ohtani's home run calls were cringy and screamed amateur.
    3 points
  19. Lol. Probably because they're still trying to figure out who it will be...
    3 points
  20. Just watching Marsh round second will send any Angel fan and prospect enthusiast to their proverbial bunk.
    3 points
  21. gotbeer

    LOL Angeles

    No wonder things are going downhill fast. We have some really stupid experts. ‘It’s a Puzzle’: Experts Are Trying to Figure Out What’s Causing L.A.’s Crime Wave
    3 points
  22. Have to like that we went all college pitchers with the first 10 picks Gives us a lot of instant depth in the minors
    3 points
  23. That's awesome. Did Walker hump him after he won?
    3 points
  24. Let’s hope there’s a gem or two in this group, and that they will be developed well by the organization.
    3 points
  25. Awful! Amazing that dude lasted so long with his annoying shtick
    3 points
  26. Hopefully it’s nothing for you to worry about
    3 points
  27. Holy shit, is that the last Geocities page still in operation, YK?
    3 points
  28. There needs to be a game show where the announcer mentions minor league player names, and you have to guess if they are real or not.
    3 points
  29. Tdawg would have a sore prostate
    2 points
  30. It's like putting one of those collars on your dog that keeps them from licking themselves
    2 points
  31. Roger Lodge cranks it to 11 with every sentence he speaks.
    2 points
  32. Seems like a great kid (I can say this now because he's younger than me) He only threw 60 IP this year with Miami, let's sign him and get him to Rocket City.
    2 points
  33. At least three of them will convert to being catchers anyway.
    2 points
  34. Well there is only 9 rounds left, so my question is will they pick anything other than a pitcher? My guess is they must feel like they can go out and sign some minor league free agents after the draft to fill other needs. I read something yesterday that said something about there being a lot of extra college players this year due to the NCAA allowing an extra year due to the COVID cancellation of the season last year.
    2 points
  35. Just a quick list without tooo much thought. The end of the list would probably change a lot once I think about it more. 1.) Detmers 2.) Rodriguez 3.) Bachman 4.) Kochanowicz 5.) Daniel 6.) Bush 7.) Hidalgo 8.) Holmes (also where is this guy?) 9.) Aquino 10.) Yan 11.) Pina 12.) Murphy (there's a high chance he ends up in the pen but I love him even with the reliever "risk") 13.) Marceaux 14.) Naughton 15.) Salvador
    2 points
  36. Tank

    Daron Sutton let go

    Fair enough. I know I’m in the minority on this. I tired of Victor because of two reasons: he and Gubi made me feel like I was intruding on a private conversation far too often, as they often seemed to forget the audience was listening. They also would have these big gaps of odd silence as if they were ignoring the audience or doing something in private, and I didn’t like that at all. When he stuck to the game he was very good, and his DRIVE. HOME. SAFELY! call was perfect.
    2 points
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  39. Nice! He deserves it. I sure hope he can carry this momentum over from the break.
    2 points
  40. I would like a thread for each pick so that if we get another Jared Walsh in a late round, it will be much easier to go back and make fun of people who complained about it. Just kidding. Thanks for all of this. It was cool.
    2 points
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