February 19, 2011 |
It wasn't enough for Mike Trout to be rated the top prospect in all of baseball, above even Bryce Harper, the power-hitting prodigy who graced the cover of Sports Illustrated before he got $9.9 million to sign with the Washington Nationals in August. No, one scout had to take it a step further, telling Baseball America last summer that comparisons between Trout, a 19-year-old center fielder in the Angels' minor league system, and Mickey Mantle "are actually pretty good. " Great, thought Abe Flores, the Angels' player development director.
March 13, 2010 |
Kansas City 12, Angels 3 At the plate: The Angels try to maximize their offense by making what Manager Mike Scioscia calls "productive outs." They did a good job of that Saturday, scoring their three runs on RBI groundouts by Jeff Mathis and Howie Kendrick and Bobby Abreu's sacrifice fly. Switch-hitter Kendry Morales doubled from the left side of the plate and singled from the right side. On the mound: Starter Ervin Santana found a nice rhythm during his three-inning, one-hit, five-strikeout effort, and of his 32 pitches, 23 were strikes.
March 29, 2010
Angels 10, Kansas City 2 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: One of Erick Aybar's four hits came during a four-run third inning, a rally that included Jeff Mathis' double, Brandon Wood's RBI double, Bobby Abreu's RBI single, and sacrifice flies by Hideki Matsui and Kendry Morales . Juan Rivera lined an RBI double to left field in the fifth inning, and Wood added an RBI triple to deep center in the sixth....
March 15, 2011 |
AT THE PLATE: Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells hit their first homers of the spring, back-to-back shots, and Mark Trumbo capped a four-run, fourth-inning rally with a two-run homer to left-center, his major league-tying fifth homer of the spring. Trumbo reached for a low-and-away, 0-and-2 pitch from left-hander Wade LeBlanc and drove it over the left-center field wall. Brandon Wood also homered to left in the sixth. ON THE MOUND: Joel Pineiro gave up two-run home runs to Eric Patterson and Ryan Ludwick during a four-inning outing in which he allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked one. The sinker-ball specialist threw a lot more sliders and changeups than he would in a regular-season game.
March 7, 2011 |
Cubs 14, Angels 13 AT THE PLATE: Mark Trumbo had a huge game, going four for four with a mammoth home run and a double that might have traveled 440 feet had it not hit the batter's eye in dead center. Five other Angels had at least two hits, led by Alberto Callaspo (three for four) and Brandon Wood (two for five with a homer, double and three RBIs). ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren looked ready for opening day in an effortless three-inning outing in which he did not allow a ball to leave the infield.
March 10, 2011 |
After playing six years under an assumed name, Angels first baseman Kendry Morales is getting his identity back. His first name, it turns out, is Kendrys with an "s" on the end. "They've been spelling it wrong," Morales insisted after batting practice Wednesday. In official documents, such as his Cuban birth certificate and manifests the Angels must file for their charter flights, Morales' name has always been spelled Kendrys Morales Rodriguez. But when the Angels signed him to a free-agent deal in 2004, he told then-general manager Bill Stoneman he wanted to drop the "s. " "He was Kendry," Stoneman said.
August 7, 2010 |
Reporting from Detroit — Scott Kazmir was barely audible following his last outing before Friday, so embarrassed was he by giving up a franchise-worst 13 runs. Nearly a month later, the Angels pitcher didn't need to utter one word to convey what his pitching said for him. He's back. In his first start since spending nearly a month on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Kazmir pitched five superb innings at Comerica Park during the Angels' 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
March 26, 2012 |
Jerome Williams will begin his long-awaited quest to win the Angels' fifth rotation spot Monday when the veteran right-hander, sidelined for more than three weeks because of a left hamstring strain, starts a triple-A game against the Oakland Athletics in Phoenix. Meanwhile, Williams' primary competition for the job, young right-hander Garrett Richards, will start the 1 p.m. major league game against the Colorado Rockies in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Richards, the organization's top pitching prospect, clearly has the edge--he is 3-0 with a 2.00 earned run average in three spring starts--but Manager Mike Scioscia said Williams still has time to win the job he earned late last season, when he went 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 10 games after an Aug. 17 promotion to the big leagues.
November 22, 2013 |
What do you call it when you make a trade that does not accomplish your primary off-season objective? A good start, or so Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto hopes. But the trade announced Friday -- third baseman David Freese and right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk -- could hurt the Angels as they pursue young, cheap starting pitching. The Angels have a limited budget this winter, with owner Arte Moreno wanting the payroll low enough that he would not have to pay a luxury tax. The need for starting pitching got more acute Thursday, when Jason Vargas spurned a three-year offer from the Angels for a four-year contract from the Kansas City Royals.
March 28, 2012 |
The Cincinnati Reds called the Angels on Tuesday afternoon and told them pitcher Bronson Arroyo wanted to hit Wednesday, eliminating the designated hitter from an exhibition game against the Angels in Goodyear Ballpark. That took three or four at-bats in a major league game away from Angels slugger Kendrys Morales, who was planning to DH against the Reds, but it was probably for the best. After collecting two hits in four at-bats of a triple-A game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, Morales, who is poised to return this season after missing almost two years because of a broken left ankle, said through a translator that he was "tired, I need a day off. " He will not play in a minor league game.