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Angelswin.com Top 30 Prospects - #28 Jordan Kipper

Prospect: Jordan Kipper Rank: 28 2015/16: UR                 Position(s): Right Handed Pitcher Level: AA                Age: Entering Age 24 season in 2017. Height: 6’4”                        Weight: 185 lb. Present - Future Fastball         50 55 Slider 55 55 Change...
Via Angelswin
2 hours ago

The Road Forward, and Needs for 2017

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist - A Road Forward In other threads at AngelsWin.com many have been bemoaning the fact that Eppler isn't making a big—or even medium—splash during the Winter Meetings. I would offer a perspective that may explain what Eppler is doing, and how it might be in team's best interests. This perspective is based upon the following...
Via Angelswin
19 hours ago

Angelswin.com 2017 Season Primer Part VI: First Base

By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer -  Author’s Note: If you missed the first three installments you can find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here, and Part V here. For most of 2016, the best C.J. on the team continued to grow and develop on both sides of the ball, providing slightly improved offense and, surprisingly, defense. To illustrate...
Via Angelswin
20 hours ago

Angels gain and lose depth in the Rule 5 minor league draft

The Rule 5 draft equals some minor league musical chairs for the Angels First, to no one’s surprise, there weren’t any Angels players drafted in the major league round of the Rule 5 draft. There were some taken in the minor league phase. The Angels lost Cal Towey and Alex Yarbrough to the Marlins, Harrison Cooney to the Red Sox, and Anthony Bemboom to the Rockies. In turn...
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Angels lay groundwork at Winter Meetings

Billy Eppler rushed out of an expansive ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Thursday morning with a smile on his face and plans in his head. The Angels might not have made any moves during the Winter Meetings, but the club's GM, now in his second offseason at the helm, has laid plenty of groundwork for coming transactions.
Via Angels.com
1 day ago

Angels still looking to fill holes as winter meetings end

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Billy Eppler left the winter meetings Thursday morning without a new second baseman, which is no doubt disappointing to many fans but irrelevant to the Angels. While the winter meetings provide a media-fueled atmosphere of...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels pick RHP Haley in Rule 5 Draft, deal him to Twins

The Angels departed the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning, but not before making a few moves to add volume to their Minor League system.
Via Angels.com
1 day ago

Angels To Trade Justin Haley To Twins

The Angels have agreed to trade Rule 5 Draft pick and right-handed pitcher Justin Haley for cash, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times tweets. It’s expected that team will be the Twins, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press and others have tweeted. Haley was the eighth pick in the draft from the Red Sox system, and the Twins had already selected a player, Miguel Diaz, by that...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects by Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

I *am* big, it’s the prospects that got small.
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels to monitor Garrett Richards' innings, pitch counts closely

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – As Mike Scioscia answered questions during his winter meetings media session Wednesday about why he thinks the Angels will be better next year, his foremost reason had nothing to do with any moves being pondered up in Billy...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Brett Oberholtzer Agree To Minors Deal

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with southpaw Brett Oberholtzer, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweets that it’s a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Oberholtzer struggled mightily in 2016, though, pitching to a career-worst 5.89 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 42.3 percent ground-ball rate in 70 innings between the Philies and Angels. The former...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Scioscia confident Angels will rebound in '17

Immediately after his team's disappointing 2016 season, Mike Scioscia expressed confidence that the injury-ravaged Angels were a much better club than their 74-88 record would indicate.
Via Angels.com
1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: Angels going after Pirates 2B Josh Harrison makes a lot of sense

We’ve still got plenty of Winter Meetings left, which means we’re still (im)patiently waiting for some Angels news to develop...something, anything to whet our appetites. Billy Eppler, meanwhile, is still out there, continuing his quest to grab a second baseman that is more than just a pipe dream. Of course, I’m still playing fake GM in my head and on Halos Heaven, trying...
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Jahmai Jones tops the latest Baseball America list of Angels best prospects

Baseball America refreshed their top 10 list in November You can find the entire listing here, but aside from reading about Jahmai Jones, the rest of the article requires a premium subscription so I won’t include all the details here. There is probably some rule against that or something anyway :) TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1. Jahmai Jones, of (more here)2. Matt Thaiss, 1b3. Alex Meyer...
Via Halos Heaven
2 days ago

Angels' Pujols has foot surgery, could be sidelined 4 months

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Subtle changes to MLB labor deal help Angels protect draft picks

Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, reached just hours before the deadline on Wednesday night, likely doesn’t change much about the way the Angels will proceed this winter. In the longer term, though, the subtle changes...
Via The OC Register
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A’s sign former All-Star Matt Joyce to two-year contract

The always bargain shopping Oakland Athletics may have pulled off one of the best value deals thus far during the Major League Baseball offseason. According to various reports, the A’s have signed veteran outfielder Matt Joyce to a two-year deal worth $11 million. Source: #Athletics in agreement with Matt Joyce on two-year, $11M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels sign OF Ryan LaMarre, drop INF Gregorio Petit

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre and designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment. The moves were announced Monday night. The 28-year-old LaMarre has 26 games of major league experience with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, who signed him last December and used him in five games. He has appeared in 646 minor league games...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels’ Cheap Bet on Spin

The Angels presently project to have baseball’s worst bullpen. Now, they know it’s a potential weakness, and they’re going to make further moves to try to shore things up, but some time ago the front office did re-sign Andrew Bailey for a year and $1 million. It’s terribly unexciting, and this isn’t even new. Again: old transaction! But I thought about this when I read...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels Were the Best at Something

The Angels: what a case study in weird this team is. Here are a few things to consider about them, if this is your first time reading about baseball: The Angels have the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. The Angels, as a whole, are not a good team. The Angels have a pitching staff held together by chewing gum, rubber bands, and Cam Bedrosian. The Angels have a farm system held...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is There Hope for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017?

The Los Angeles Angels didn’t have much luck this past season. They were also pretty bad, regardless. And as we’ve learned almost yearly, having the best baseball player on the planet (and now two-time MVP) can only get you so far. Just three seasons ago, the Angels won 98 games and the AL West. One year later, they were one win away from returning to the postseason. Then this...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Assembling a Free Agent Lineup: Matt Joyce

This is the end, in all likelihood. Last Sunday, we began constructing our lineup comprised of free agents. Today, we move on to our final position: right field. Designated hitter notwithstanding, of course. And let this serve as the final disclaimer: José Bautista will not be the option we discuss. Like Dexter Fowler, he’s signing somewhere—and for tons of money. So let...
Via The Sports Post
19 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: MLB Miscellaneous Milestones

More ammunition for the barroom set to impress or challenge true MLB fans ... Clues:  1. Who has won the most World Series rings of any player in baseball history? He's got one for each finger and thumb. 2. Who played the most MLB games without ever having the chance to play in postseason game? Is telling you he's a Cub a hint or a given? 3. In 1979 this Cardinal became the...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB scout believes Yankees are gearing up for Mike Trout trade

The Los Angeles Angels had a down year in 2016, but Mike Trout continued to show why many have labeled him the best player in baseball. It would seem crazy for the Angels to consider trading the 25-year-old superstar, but one scout believes the richest team in baseball is going to try to convince L.A.’s brass to do just that. After the New York Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels’ Path to Contention

Two relevant facts here are indisputable. One, in this most recent season, the Angels were bad. They won 74 games. By BaseRuns, they “should have” won 71 games. That made them about as good as the Twins and the Braves. Horrible season. Two, baseball fans love a blockbuster. It’s not even unique to baseball. Sports fans love a blockbuster. They love seeing them, they love thinking...
Via Fangraphs
November 08, 2016  |  Discuss
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