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  1. By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Now that we have a sense of the Angels playoff odds (16.2% as of July 10th, 2021), we need to identify their strengths and weaknesses heading into the Trade Deadline. Additionally, it is important to identify a likely list of buyers and sellers, which we will scrutinize at the end of this Trade Deadline Series installment. One of the best methods to identify weaknesses, from the author’s perspective, is to simply examine team offense, defense, and pitching production, to-date, for the 2021 season. Based on actual results, peripheral statistics, and Statcast information, any fan can glean how well a team and any individual player has performed over a specified time period. This information, combined with team finances and player contractual obligations, can point and hint to the areas that a GM like Perry Minasian will focus on when discussing potential trades, whether the team is buying or selling. So to start we will first look at the Angels offense, focusing first on a statistic called weighted runs created plus (wRC+), which is an excellent catch-all number that shows how a team and individual players perform below or above League-average offensive production. This statistic quantifies run creation and normalizes it, so we can compare players who play in different ballparks and even different eras. wRC+ vs. Left-Handed Pitching The graphic below shows all MLB teams wRC+ versus left-handed pitchers: As you can see, the Angels, to-date, have performed well against left-handed pitching to the tune of a 115 wRC+, good for 3rd overall in MLB. Players like Upton, Ohtani, Gosselin, Rojas, Stassi, Ward, Trout, and Fletcher have all had good success against lefties this year. This is clearly an area of strength for the Halos and a less likely area that Minasian would focus on to improve. wRC+ vs. Right-Handed Pitching The graphic below shows all MLB teams wRC+ versus right-handed pitchers: Against the other side of the mound, the Angels are still above average (106 wRC+), but not quite as consistently good as they are against LHP. The Halos big bats, Trout, Ohtani, and Walsh are destroying RHP on a regular basis with guys like Stassi, Rendon, Upton, and Ward contributing, too. Because the Halos are ranked 7th in MLB, this, too, is an area that Minasian might pay less attention to, but, if the front office does bring in another bat, it would probably be a player that can hit right-handed pitching. Now that we have covered offense, we can move on to the pitching side. Here we will focus on a statistic called strikeout percentage minus walk percentage (K%-BB%), which is also a solid, effective number that shows how a team or individual pitcher performs over a specified time period. This statistic is good because it quantifies a pitchers ability to strikeout and walk batters on an individual basis, rather than a rate statistic, giving a purer view of effectiveness regarding how often any particular pitcher puts opposing players on-base. So with that, let us examine how the Angels pitching staff is performing against both sides of the plate. K%-BB% vs. Left-Handed Hitters The graphic below shows all MLB teams K%-BB% versus left-handed hitters: Here we can see that the Halos have been a bit below average, ranked 18th, overall, with a K%-BB% of 12.9%. Guys like Iglesias, Quintana, Sandoval, Mayers, Watson, Cobb, and Claudio have all had varying measures of success, whereas the rest of the team has been roughly average (Ohtani) or worse (Bundy and Cishek, for instance). If Minasian plans to pick up more pitching, it may be prudent to target a guy who can punch out left-handed hitters. K%-BB% vs. Right-Handed Hitters The graphic below shows all MLB teams K%-BB% versus right-handed hitters: On the other side, the Angels have performed a touch better, ranked 16th, overall, with a K%-BB% of 15.3%. Names like Iglesias, Ohtani, Heaney, Mayers, Cobb, Canning, and Bundy have performed at a varying, but solid, clip. Again, if Minasian focuses on bringing in pitching, a guy who can get right-handed hitters out would probably be even more useful and, in fact, a starter or reliever that can punch out hitters on both sides of the plate would do wonders for the rotation and/or bullpen. Finally, this analysis would not be complete without taking a glance at team defense. Here we will use FanGraphs Defense (Def) statistic which provides an above or below average examination of how a team or an individual player at any specific singular position impacts runs saved or created. The Def statistic is simply fielding runs above average plus a positional adjustment. In the graphic below, team Def is shown, which is a conglomeration of all Angels players in comparison to other teams. Team Defense Utilizing FanGraphs ‘Def’ Statistic The graphic below shows all MLB teams composite defensive scores: As you can see, the Halos have been systemically bad on defense in 2021, which is a marked departure from previous seasons. The Halos are ranked 29th in MLB, overall, with a composite ‘Def’ score of -20.9! Even noted, stalwart defenders like Iglesias, Fletcher, and Lagares have not performed to their normal levels. Names like Upton (LF), Ward (RF), and Suzuki (C) (Pujols too) have been a drain on run prevention, but it is not just them, the whole team appears to be struggling in some form or fashion. If the Angels do become buyers, expect Perry to upgrade where he can, to improve this situation, and hope that the normally good defenders pick it up and execute better on the field. Initial Takeaway from the Basic Analysis So, the first major takeaway from this examination is that team defense has been a real problem. Being next to dead last in all of baseball will spell trouble in terms of run prevention and it does not help that it appears to be team-wide, making it difficult to find a tangible solution. Upton is still on contract and will be difficult to move, so finding a good defensive replacement is probably off the table, not to mention that any acquisition must have a productive bat like Justin. Ward is young and controllable and he has had a very productive offensive season, so far, making him a good, versatile plug-and-play option for Joe Maddon, so he could be moved, but again you will have to replace the offense, as well as the defense, making him a little bit, less likely trade piece. Kurt Suzuki, signed for his previous offensive prowess, has been a black hole on both sides of the ball, making him the most likely piece on the Angels roster to be upgraded in favor of both better offense and defense. The remainder of the position players are either too valuable (Trout and Walsh for instance), on long-term contracts (Rendon and Fletcher for example), or just seem to be underperforming defensively (Iglesias comes to mind). The most likely positions to upgrade here are at backup catcher or, possibly, a short-term solution or even a callup from our Minor League system, to bolster right field, if Minasian feels defense is a top priority. Beyond the Halos abysmal team defense, our pitching staff could use a shot in the arm, as well. Clearly some of our starting options have not panned out as Perry Minasian had hoped (Bundy and Quintana are obvious perpetrators) and certain pieces in the bullpen have struggled, as well (Claudio, Watson, and Slegers jump off the page, for instance). Finding a controllable ace starting pitcher is always the goal, but even a short-term front-end or solid middle-of-the-rotation starter would help the Angels if they do actively compete the rest of this season. Adding another back-end reliever would do a lot of good for the Angels bullpen, too, if they go for it and may be the least expensive route to improving the team, in trade, from a resource expenditure perspective. It would also be useful if any pitcher the Halos acquire can get both left- and right-handed hitters out, as well. Long-term control is even more desirable, but it will cost much more. Finally, team offense does not appear to be an issue overall. The Angels are well above average in run production, so this may not be the priority if the Halos front office looks to improve heading into the Trade Deadline. If they do upgrade a position player, it will more likely be a guy who can hit right-handed pitching well, as the team is a little less productive against righties than lefties. Again, offense is not the Angels biggest problem, but if you are going to upgrade defensively, for example, you might as well acquire a guy who is better, offensively, against the right side of the mound. Who are the Buyers and Sellers? This question is relatively easy to answer by simply examining the FanGraphs MLB Playoff Odds page, again. Basically any team sitting at approximately 10% or less is probably a likely seller, willing to move players on expiring contracts (i.e. players who are in their final season with their respective team) or, if they are rebuilding, players that are not in their long-term plans (i.e. players with less overall contractual or team control, for instance). Additionally, teams that are around 10%-15%, are probably sitting on the fence, waiting to see if they improve leading into the Trade Deadline, to determine which way they lean. Finally, any team that is above 15%-20% is a more probable buyer and, thus, looking for short-term rentals or players with more than one year of contractual or team control that might be available in the Trade Deadline market. To be clear each team will have unique circumstances, based on which Division they play in, how many teams in their Division are competing, team finances, owner will-to-win, Wild Card standings, and strength of schedule the remainder of the season, that will impact if they buy, sell, or do both. Based on the assumptions, above, the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees, Blue Jays, White Sox, Astros, Athletics, Mets, Brewers, Dodgers, Padres, and Giants are all likely buyers, currently. In the middle, the Indians, Angels, Braves, Phillies, Reds, and Cubs are in a bit of a gray area and may wait closer to the Trade Deadline to make any moves, assuming they sustain or improve their performance. It is possible they could make a modest improvement leading up to the Trade Deadline to see if that pushes them further up the win curve, as well, before committing further. The remaining teams, the Orioles, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Rangers, Nationals, Marlins, Cardinals, Pirates, Rockies, Diamondbacks, and, maybe, the Mariners are all probable sellers, barring large winning streaks that put them back into the playoff conversation. Knowing who is buying and selling will lend itself to our partially-informed, speculative guesses about who the Angels matchup with in potential deals, whether the Halos are buying and/or selling at the Trade Deadline. Do you think the Angels will Buy, Sell, or do Both? Comment and share your thoughts in the thread! Up next - 2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Keepers, Assets, and Targets
  2. By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer So I almost didn't write the series this year. A lot of things happened, one of which the company I worked for, Vector-Launch, unfortunately shut down in mid-August due to the loss of our primary financial backer, Sequoia. This was a real loss to me because that was the best damn job I ever had and likely will ever have the remainder of my career. It is rare that you find a position where you enjoy the work so much that you don't even feel like it is work, you have a supervisor that respects and mentors you, and you have fantastic relationships with virtually all of your coworkers to the point that they become family and you even hang out with them outside of work. Vector was all of that and it is a damn shame that it had to go. There are parallels to that situation with the 2019 Angels. The Halos, at the start of the season seemed locked in. Our new manager, Brad Ausmus, was at the helm and seemed to have a good grasp of how to manage the team and appeared to have the respect of the players. Most importantly the team seemed to gel well and the clubhouse atmosphere seemed loose and fun. However, as we are all aware, injuries, ineffectiveness, and a lack of leadership at the top ravaged the 2019 Angels team. Players like Matt Harvey and Cody Allen, larger ticket players Eppler signed on one-year deals in the off-season, failed to produce and were eventually cut. The Angels tragically lost Tyler Skaggs mid-season to a deadly concoction of opioids and alcohol. Justin Upton, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Luis Rengifo, and Tommy La Stella all hit the Injury List (IL) at various points in the season creating a discontinuity in the field and lineup that was reflected in the Angels very poor win-loss record at the end of the year. These losses certainly added up to a recipe for disaster in Anaheim that seems, on the surface, difficult to overcome in 2020 and proved fatal to Brad Ausmus' tenure. Like Vector-Launch, they had to close it down. So, once again, it will be up to Billy Eppler in what could be his last year as General Manager, and the front office staff to set a path for success this off-season if the Angels will have a real chance at post-season play. One very bright point is the signing of future Hall of Fame candidate Mike Trout to a career-long extension at the beginning of the 2019 season. The Angels now have the premier player in baseball locked up and can rest easy knowing that he is the centerpiece to build the remainder of the team around as they look to contend in 2020 and beyond. Some of these pieces are already here. Despite Justin Upton's poor offensive performance in 2019, he is still signed for three more seasons making him a likely complimentary piece in left field for next year. Andrelton Simmons will be entering his final year of control and, barring a trade, will man shortstop again in 2020 with the possibility of an extension contract in his future. Kole Calhoun turned out to be a luxury the Angels couldn't afford in an off-season where they need a lot of starting pitching but fortunately, the Angels have Brian Goodwin to fill their right field need to start the season. Other complimentary players like Zack Cozart (if healthy), David Fletcher, Luis Rengifo, Matt Thaiss, Taylor Ward, Jared Walsh, and Tommy La Stella should help fill one or more holes in the infield not called shortstop. Catcher may turn out to be a patchwork again manned by some combination of Max Stassi (who probably won't be ready to start the season), Anthony Bemboom, Kevan Smith, and perhaps one or more other, yet-to-be-acquired, backstops. Shohei Ohtani should be ready to pitch again, along with Andrew Heaney, giving the Angels a decent base to create a rotation with the likes of Griffin Canning, Jaime Barria, Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez, Dillon Peters, and possibly others like Felix Pena filling up the back-end of the starting five. However, it should be clearly noted that the free agent starting pitching market has some very attractive players that the Angels will almost certainly target to create a strong rotation for 2020. Our relief corps will probably contain names like Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Noe Ramirez, Cam Bedrosian, Luke Bard, Justin Anderson, Keynan Middleton, Jake Jewell, and Taylor Cole among potential others. In fact this group may be enough to rely upon for the 2020 season, making it one potential area that the Angels need not worry about this off-season in terms of expending resources. The rebuilding process in the Angels Minor League system has actually been underway for some time now. Eppler has been steadily building it up and there are some notable names that have joined or are on the verge of joining Trout in Anaheim. Potential stars like Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, along with contributing pieces like Luis Madero are making strides to join the big league club in 2020 or after. Adell in particular appears to be the closest to the Majors and is likely, based on Calhoun's option being declined, a call-up in the May/June time frame. Other potential contributors like Luis Pena (bullpen), Jahmai Jones (2B/OF), and Chris Rodriguez could accelerate fast if they have a productive start in 2020. The unexpected replacement of Ausmus with Joe Maddon and Moreno's recent comments that there will be an increase in payroll this off-season clearly points to a sea change and acceleration to push the Angels into a window of contention that many fans have been awaiting for a long time. Based on the groundwork laid to date, owner comments, and a largely new, but experienced, coaching staff, it seems highly probable that there will be at least one or more significant free agent signings and/or complimentary trades to help position the Angels to fight for a playoff spot in 2020. The Astros and A's still pose a significant threat in the Division but an improved Angels squad will make for a much more interesting race in the A.L. West. In terms of team needs, clearly the Angels need to add at least one top-of-the-rotation starter and likely an additional mid-tier type to create solid depth. Adding a high-quality defensive catcher, to compliment one of Stassi (likely), Smith (maybe), or Bemboom (unlikely), would be a nice add to receive all of those pitches from the revamped rotation. The infield will need to be reinforced, likely at the corners with third base a long-term strategic concern for Eppler. Right field will be open to competition with Jo Adell in the mix (and the future of the position) but likely only after the Angels retain the extra year of team control on him (thus the projected May/June call-up). Adding another reliever or two to the mix, even if they are waiver claims or Rule 5 picks, will add depth. The question will ultimately be how high will Moreno let Eppler spend? Is it a modest increase or something much more significant that would take us into Luxury Tax territory for the next two years? Will a poor free agent market in the 2020-2021 off-season drive spending now? What moves can be made in free agency and trade to strengthen the team? Can the team supplement from the Minors in key areas throughout the season to create the missing depth that recent Angels squads have lacked? All that and more in what is sure to be an active Angels off-season in the subsequent installments of the 2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series!
  3. Didn't see this posted, apologies if a Craig. Details how again so far this year Trout has become even more impossible to pitch to. Dude just keeps making adjustments, even while on top of the entire game. Mike Trout is Impossible
  4. http://baselinetimes.com/the-angels-can-finally-sell-two-years-too-late/ "What really interests me about Trout is his overall percentage of value to the Angels. In 2014, Trout was worth 26.33% of the positional fWAR. That’s completely acceptable for a good team, even with a superstar player. Once you get into 2015 and beyond, that’s where things start to look very, very bad. In 2015 Trout was worth 50.5% of the Angels positional fWAR. In 2016, Trout was worth 43.5% of the Angels positional fWAR. So far in 2017, it’s been even more unbalanced with Trout accounting for a whopping 63.2% of the Angels total position fWAR." With the frustrating news of Mike Trout's thumb injury a couple of days ago and the news of his surgery, I wrote about how it's finally time for the Angels to rebuild and sell off any assets that can bring in new young talent. Above is a snippet from the article that shows just how important Trout really is to the Angels (duh).
  5. One of the podcasts I subscribe to had Angels pitcher Cody Ege on this week. He gives some really great perspective on being a young Major Leaguer and having the opportunity to play with big time stars. In his short career he has already been teammates with Trout, Pujols, Lincecum, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon, and Ichiro and has some really great stories about his time. I think Angels fans will especially like hearing his story of facing Robinson Cano last year and hearing his mindset when he was on the mound against him. Check it out. Link: https://www.moonlightgrahamshow.com/podcast/2017/4/3/episode-17-la-angel-cody-ege-talks-about-the-late-great-jose-fernandez-donnie-baseball-and-making-it-to-the-show
  6. Over on my fan page's Facebook page I encouraged people to come up with a new nickname for Mike Trout (because no one calls him Millville Meteor). Here are the ones that I thought were the best. Here's the poll I'm running on my site too. Choose your favorite
  7. I find it interesting that Joe Madden is saying he's gonna use Schwarber to lead off, and terry Francona using Santana. Maybe Scocia should consider using our best hitter to lead off. After all the lead off hitter will get the most AB's.
  8. Hey guys, I'm always trying to create new content that will allow you to stay right where you're at rather than go elsewhere for content. Granted, Fangraphs is still the place for deeper stats, but what is provided in the thread below will give you a bunch of info that is updated after each game and interactive. If you hover your mouse pointer over some of the graphs it will give you the numbers/results you're looking for. Please give each page a little extra time to load since it's loading real time HTML content. To access the interactive data, click on the three tabs at the top under the banner logo. Enjoy!
  9. AngelsWin.com's Hot Prospect List May 23, 2011 (Arkansas Travelers OF, Mike Trout) Hot Prospects May 23rd, 2011 By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Better. After two brutal weeks in the Minor Leagues (and for that matter, the Major Leagues) things are starting to turn around. The Triple-A Salt Lake Bees turned in their second week of .500 baseball going 3-3 for the week. The Double-A Travelers flipped their record from last week and went 4-3 to get into the winning ways. The Single-A 66ers won their first back-to-back wins in the month and went 3-4 on the week. And the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels limped along at 1-5. Still, there were plenty of standout performances. Here are 10 of the best. 1. Mike Trout, CF, AA Arkansas Travelers Overall: .308/.415/.538 with 6 HR and 9 SBs What’s Up: On the surface, it appears to be a good, but not great week for Trout. That’s because he went 7/21 with a double, a triple, and 3 SBs. But, for those who like walks, consider this: Trout had 9 walks to go along with his 7 hits, giving him a .533 OB%! At 19 years old, he’s 4th in the Texas League in OB%. His 9 SBs ties him for 8th in the league and his.538 SLG% is 13th in the league. Overall, he’s 9th in the league in OPS. There’s not much more that needs to be said about Trout. He’s just that good. 2. Kyle Hurst, RHP, Single-A Inland Empire 66ers Overall: 5-1, 0 Saves, 2.97 ERA, 39.1 IP, 41 H, 11 BB, 25 K, 1.32 WHIP, .263 BAA What’s Up: Kyle Hurst has been off to a hot start this year. Originally at Double-A Arkansas, Hurst was sent down to Single-A as part of the injury bug reshuffling that the Angels organization underwent. For the week, Hurst accounted for 2/3rds of the 66ers’ wins. He went 2-0 in 13.0 scoreless innings, striking out 10 and only walking 4. Hurst lowered his ERA by two runs with his performance this week. Considering how much the 66ers have been struggling so far, Hursts’ performance this week was something special. Hurst will try and extend his win streak this Friday at home. 3. Ryan Mount, 2B/OF, AA Arkansas Travelers Overall: .308/.415/.538 with 6 HR and 9 SBs What’s Up: Pairing up with Trout for the week was Ryan Mount. He’s returned to form as a 2B capable of putting up big numbers. For the week he went 8/23 (.348) with 2 doubles and a homerun. Mount has been batting throughout the heart of the Travelers’ order. His 23 RBIs are second on the club (behind Jimenez who has 25) and his 21 runs are also second on the club (behind Trout who has 28). It’s good to see that a Mount is healthy and putting together his best season since 2008. 4. Orangel Arenas, RHP, AA Arkansas Travelers Overall: 5-1, 0 Saves, 3.59 ERA, 42.2 IP, 39 H, 15 BB, 16 K, 1.27 WHIP, .244 BAA What’s Up: For the past few years, Arenas is flying well below the radar. But, that might not last for much longer, especially if he has more weeks like this. On the week, Arenas went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, winning his one start of the week. Arenas is a ground ball specialist who is getting the job done. He’s generating a 2.24 GO/AO ratio with his fastball, slider, and changeup. While he isn’t striking out that many batters (3.38/9.0 IP), as Pineiro has shown, a pitcher can have success by controlling the zone and generating lots of ground balls. To that end, Arenas is doing exactly that. At just 22, Arenas is well in line for moving up as a prospect. 5. Trevor Reckling, LHP, AA Arkansas Travelers Overall: 1-6, 0 Saves, 3.69 ERA, 46.1 IP, 45 H, 15 BB, 32 K, 1.29 WHIP, .260 BAA What’s Up: If there is one area where sabermetrics has made a big improvement to the understanding of the game, it’s in understanding how little a starter’s win/loss record reflects his performance or value to the team. By old-school measures, Reckling’s performance would be seen as continuation of his poor start in Triple-A last year. But, by modern measures, he’s made a dramatic improvement. The hits are down. The walks are down. The homeruns are down. In other words, he’s back on track. On the week, Reckling had his worst start of the year early in the week and then bounced right back to earn his first win on the season. Last year, the struggles seemed to pile up on Reckling as he fell into a tailspin at Triple-A. This year, he’s showing much more resiliency on the mound—something that will serve him well if he plays for Scioscia. 6. Carlos Ramirez, C, Single-A Inland Empire 66ers Overall: .283/.397/.398 with 3 HRs and 1 SB What’s Up: As if fans didn’t have enough reasons to go out and see the IE 66ers play, last week, they gained another one. That’s because Carlos Ramirez was promoted to the club from Cedar Rapids. Fans will want to see how he develops both offensively and defensively. Ramirez can crush the ball and is very patient at the plate. Defensively, he can throw runners out, having caught 35% of all opposing runners in his Minor League career. So far, Ramirez has been treating the fans in both areas. In two games, he’s gone 4/5 (.800) with 3 walks (.875 OB%) and thrown 2 out of 3 opposing base runners out. If you haven’t booked a trip out to Arrowhead Credit Union Park, you better plan one soon. 7. Jean Segura, SS, Single-A Inland Empire 66ers Overall: .291/.357/.440 with 3 HRs and 16 SBs What’s Up: Segura came back off of the Disabled List and immediately made an impact back on his club. He slugged a homerun in his first game back! So far this season, Segura has been posting some numbers that are sure to appeal to Scioscia. With runners on, he’s hitting .371 in 70 ABs. With runners in scoring position, he’s hitting .417 and 14 RBIs. What the Angels would give for that in their lineup. For the week, he went 5/17 with 1 homerun, 2 doubles, and 1 stolen base. Having Segura back in their lineup should be a big boost to the overall team’s performance. 8. Max Russell, LHP, Low-A CR Kernels Overall: 4-2, 0 Saves, 2.39 ERA, 52.2 IP, 42 H, 19 BB, 39 K, 1.16 WHIP, .213 BAA What’s Up: This week the Kernels received several good pitching performances. But, for the week, Russell’s efforts were a little bit better. He went 1-0 in two starts, pitching 14.2 innings, allowing only 1 earned run on 4 hits and 7 walks. He struck out 11 along the way and generated a bunch of ground balls. While the walks are a bit of a concern on the year, his overall numbers are well worth being pleased about. In 9 starts this season, he’s made 7 quality appearances, going at least 6.0 IP and holding the opposition to 3 or fewer earned runs. He’s definitely working his way up the depth chart. 9. Gabe Jacobo, 1B, AA Arkansas Travelers Overall: .467/.467/.513 with 0 HRs and 0 SBs What’s Up: Gabe’s season didn’t begin until this past week. But, he’s making up for lost time, going 4/15 with a double in his first four games. The former Minor League Defensive Player of the Year for the Angels is picking up right where last year left off. This year, Jacobo has to answer two big questions. First, can he develop enough plate discipline to a productive Major League first baseman? Second, is his power legitimate? Although he hit 22 homeruns last year, he played in the hitter friendly Cal League, so, Arkansas may present an entirely different challenge for him. Defensively, Jacobo can play the position at a Major League level. The question now is can he play it offensively at the same level? 10. The Veterans at Salt Lake Jeff Baisley, 3B, Class Triple-A Salt Lake Bees Overall: .356/.403/.620 with 10 HRs and 1 SB Ronald Bay, RHP, Class Triple-A Salt Lake Bees Overall: 2-2, 0 Saves, 4.30 ERA, 46.0 IP, 61 H, 10 BB, 25 K, 1.87 WHIP, .326 BAA Eric Junge, RHP, Class Triple-A Salt Lake Bees Overall: 2-2, 0 Saves, 3.67 ERA, 54.0 IP, 49 H, 16 BB, 33 K, 1.20 WHIP, .253 BAA Gil Velazquez, SS, Class Triple-A Salt Lake Bees Overall: .370/.437/.529 with 2 HRs and 5 SBs What’s Up: With so many of the younger players from Triple-A already up on the Major League roster, it’s been up to a collection of journeymen to hold the team together. Luckily for the Bees veterans such as Baisley, Bay, Junge, and Velazquez have been there to pick up the slack. All of these guys are a bit long in the tooth to be considered Top Prospects, but all of these guys are clearly playing some of the best baseball of their careers. For the week, Baisely went 7/19 (.368), Bay went 1-0 with 10 Ks in 13.0 IP, Junge went 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA, and Velazquez went 8/19 (.421). Without these guys stepping up, things would be much worse for Salt Lake. You have to respect these guys playing for love of the game. http://tinyurl.com/jfylnh3
  10. Baseball Prospectus does a feature article on every team this spring as part of their "Winter is Leaving" series. Today, their article was on the Angels, and it focuses on the tandem of Trout & Simmons being projected by PECOTA as having the second highest WAR for any tandem (Kershaw and Grandal of the Doyyers being first) on any team in MLB. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28613
  11. This is a graphic I made to celebrate his accomplishment. Before the season began I actually predicted he would hit his 100th HR tonight. He's the youngest to reach 100 HR and 100 SB AND the youngest to reach 101 HR and 101 SB. Thanks to Jeff Fletcher for finding that stat.
  12. I wanted to share my most recent pencil art of Mike Trout.
  13. I can't remember who said it in the other thread, but it was so funny I made an image out of it.
  14. As I was reading some of the AW goodness, I had a thought during my boredom. Tim Salmon is revered here, like good wood. While he was a longtime Angel during some really awful years, I've never quite understood the passion for him, unless most of his big supporters where growing up during that time. Many people thinks his number should be retired, and he's the greatest Angel of all time. How long until Trout eclipses that? Everyone is a WAR buff when it comes to Trout and his 20.8. Seeing that Salmon only managed to accrue a 40.6 in his career, about 10 spots behind sure-lock HOFs, Placido Polanco and Andy Van Slyke, how long until Trout is defined as the best Angel, at least in the argument of best outfielder? Trout should bust Salmon's WAR in his FOURTH season, which might tell you just how mediocre Salmon was. Just curious what the thoughts were from some of the big time Salmon supporters.
  15. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/players-view-who-is-the-best-player-in-the-game/
  16. Hey I'm new here. I write for MLB Nation and I guessed you wanted to read this Angels article: http://www.themlbnation.com/2013/08/22/mike-trout/ Please tell me what you think, Thanks.
  17. Lhalo

    Howie Trout

    From the album: Random Pics

    Either this is a mistake or Howie hasn't seen the sun in a while.
  18. I know we've posted stuff like this about Trouty before, but I thought I'd create a thread to house them all in one place. So post your best creative WMIBP line. Go!
  19. JUST in case anyone really cares, the New Body Armor "Super Drink" that the best baseball player on the planet is now endorsing, is made of good stuff (for example, pure cane sugar rather than Hi Fructose Corn Syrup and coconut water) but it COULD be better on the taste factor - I got the Orange Mango. I suppose I could have used the shout box for this info BUT whatever...enjoy
  20. I see he is hawking Super Pretzel. Good for him. A lot more indorsement deals to come for him.
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