September 4, 2013 |
Former Westlake Village Oaks Christian pitcher Phil Bickford, the 10th pick overall in this summer's amateur baseball draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, has begun classes at Cal State Fullerton. He decided not sign before last July's deadline and won't be eligible for the draft again until 2016. Bickford hasn't discussed his decision, but Fullerton Coach Rick Vanderhook said he played catch with Bickford on Tuesday and everyone has moved on. Bickford was the only one of 33 first-round draft picks not to sign.
August 4, 2013 |
If you had to choose a two-inning sample that is emblematic of the way things have gone for the Angels this season, the last two innings of Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays would be a good choice. Leading by three runs with five outs to go, the Angels saw two infielders throw away potential double-play balls, lost another out on a blown call by an umpire and used six pitchers to try to protect a lead at Angel Stadium. They didn't quite make it, with two-out singles by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the ninth sending the Angels to their 10th loss in 15 games, dropping them to fourth place in the American League West and 101/2 games back in a wild-card race they've never really joined.
August 2, 2013 |
The fans who received an unexpected meet-and-greet with Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck raised their arms in triumph. Across the outfield, Kole Calhoun pounded his glove with his left hand as he whooped it up. Angels players in the dugout doffed their caps and held them aloft as a tribute. BOX SCORE: Angels 7, Toronto 5 You could go a lifetime without seeing a better catch at Angel Stadium than the one Shuck made in the fourth inning Friday night, tumbling into the stands after he had perfectly timed his leap in front of the wall to take away a two-run home run from Jose Bautista.
July 13, 2013 |
Pitcher Phil Bickford from Westlake Village Oaks Christian High, who was chosen No. 10 overall in the Major League Baseball draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, failed to reach agreement before Friday's signing deadline and will enroll at Cal State Fullerton. Asked whether he were ready to do a cartwheel, Fullerton Coach Rick Vanderhook said, "I would if I could, except I'm driving. " Bickford, who was throwing 96 mph this spring, will join a rotation that could rival the best in college baseball.
July 12, 2013 |
Pitcher Phil Bickford from Westlake Village Oaks Christian, drafted No. 10 by the Toronto Blue Jays, failed to reach agreement before Friday's signing deadline and will enroll at Cal State Fullerton in the fall. Asked if he were ready to do a cartwheel, Fullerton Coach Rick Vanderhook said, “I would if I could, except I'm driving.” Bickford, who was throwing 96 mph this spring, will join a starting rotation that could rival the best in college baseball. Sophomores Justin Garza (12-0, 2.03 ERA)
July 4, 2013 |
DENVER - As Brandon League tries to regain the form that earned him a $22.5-million contract from the Dodgers, something is weighing on his mind. He was a friend of Justin Miller, the former major league reliever who was found dead at his Florida home last week. "I had no clue anything was happening health-wise, so it was a bit of a shock," League said. When League and Miller were prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays' farm system, they both lived in Florida. "We'd see each other a lot and just hang out," League said.