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Halo Headlines: Skaggs ready for ST; Dodgers shopping Guerrero

The February 12, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes an update on Tyler Skaggs’ recovery from Tommy John surgery, a potential acquisition target being shopped around, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs has already thrown five bullpens, is ready for Spring Training MWAH Says: The article is actually about the “Moving Day” they held at the […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #3 – Jahmai Jones

Jahmai Jones In 10 words or less: The Angels’ highest upside position player prospect since Mike Trout. Position: OF | Age (2016): 18 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 210 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  It’s hard to give out a definitive grade on a 17-year-old’s performance across his first 40 games in Rookie Ball. But […]

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Halo Headlines: Javy Guerra signs; a Mike Trout trade?

The February 11, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team adding a former Dodgers closer on a minor-league deal, more speculation about a Mike Trout trade that’ll never happen, and more… The Story: Phillies DFA Bobby LaFromboise to make room for Taylor Featherston MWAH Says: If the Angels want to complete this loop, they should […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #4 – Jett Bandy

Jett Bandy In 10 words or less: MLB-ready. Good defensive catcher with pop. Position: C | Age (2016): 26 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 235 2015 Rank: 25 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Bandy’s ability to make contact has never been in question. His contact rates have remained constant at every stop in the minors. This is surprising […]

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Halo Headlines: Featherston traded; Farm system ranked last

The February 10, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Taylor Featherston departing for the Phillies for nothing, Keith Law saying not nice things about the team’s prospects, and more… The Story: Jose Mota taking over Fox Sports West’s Twitter account on Monday MWAH Says: No idea if this is something FSW has done in the […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #5 – Joe Gatto

Joe Gatto 10 words or fewer: Former prep pitcher with upside continues steady climb up ladder. Position: SP | Age (2016): 21 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 204 2015 Rank: 8 Fastball – B. Gatto’s fastball sits 92-94 with heavy downward movement. The velo is slightly above average but, really, the most important aspect of Gatto’s […]

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Halo Headlines: Single-game tix on sale soon; Take-out slides no more?

The February 9, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes single-game tickets for the coming season going on sale in two weeks, MLB working on making a quick rule change for second-base slides, and more… The Story: Vlad Guerrero turns 41 today MWAH Says: If Raul Ibanez can get a deal in Anaheim at age 42, surely […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #6 – Grayson Long

Grayson Long 10 words or fewer: Standard collegiate RHP. Should climb quickly. Back-end starter. Position: SP | Age (2016): 22 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: N/A Fastball – C+. Long has a very firm 91-93 mph fastball. He spots it well on the outer half and is particularly effective when keeping the ball […]

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Halo Headlines: Friedrich claimed; Weaver donates to alma mater

The February 8, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team claiming a reliever on waivers, Jered Weaver making a big donation to Long Beach State, and more… The Story: Jered Weaver donates $500,000 to Long Beach State’s baseball program MWAH Says: No idea how far $500k goes when it comes to funding a NCAA D-I baseball […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #7 – Kaleb Cowart

Kaleb Cowart In 10 words or fewer: Is the breakout real? Elite defender. High upside. Position: 3B | Age (2016): 24 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 225 2015 Rank: 12 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Cowart has a few strengths as a hitter, but they’re mostly based on projected future skills. However, his current bat-to-ball ability is already […]

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Halo Headlines: ‘Moving Day’ lineup set; Dipoto sells OC house

The February 5, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a pair of all-time Angels helping the team celebrate the “move” to Tempe for spring training, Jerry Dipoto finally selling his house in Newport Beach, and more… The Story: Garrett Anderson, Chuck Finley to be at Angels Moving Day next Thursday MWAH Says: Tyler Skaggs will be […]

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Halo Headlines: ZiPS projections released; Vlad still hitting dingers

The February 4, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team’s ZiPS projections for 2016 getting published, Vlad Guerrero taking part in the Caribbean Series home run derby, and more… The Story: 2016 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels MWAH Says: The insta-response to these projections on Twitter has been a lot of “WELP” and […]

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Halo Headlines: Rotation overload; ZiPS projections teased

The February 3, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a closer look at the team’s overloaded but underwhelming starting rotation, an early glimpse of the team’s 2016 ZiPS projections, and more… The Story: Eight is enough? A look at the Angels’ rotation candidates MWAH Says: Jeff Fletcher breaks down each contender for the Opening Day […]

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Halo History: Bobby Grich, Eight-Time All-Star

Bobby Grich, one of the best second basemen in the history of Major League Baseball, was actually a six-time All-Star—thrice with the Orioles and thrice with the Angels. The thing is, there is a running theme of getting overlooked that runs through Grich’s baseball career: he was a once and done on the 1990 Hall of Fame […]

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Halo Headlines: Torreyes re-claimed; Taylor Ward among ST invitees

The February 2, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team losing a recently acquired infielder back to the team they got him from, the announcement of 20 non-roster invitees to Tempe, and more… The Story: Angels announce names of 20 non-roster invitees to spring training MWAH Says: Five names to keep an eye on are […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler explains his philosophy; Angels wasting Trout?

The February 1, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler opening up about his inclusive front-office philosophy, the team potentially wasting Mike Trout’s peak years, and more… The Story: Billy Eppler laying foundation early in tenure MWAH Says: Some great information from Alden Gonzalez in this one. Eppler has a reputation as a “stats […]

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Halo History: Favorite Angels Baseball Cards

I got a notification Thursday morning announcing the terrific news that Topps had selected Mike Trout to be card number one in their 2016 set. Being the first card in the set is a tradition that baseball card companies have followed to honor a special player. Topps decided to let fans choose by way of […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #8 – Chad Hinshaw

Chad Hinshaw In 10 words or fewer: Potentially the answer in LF. Potentially a 4th outfielder too. Position: OF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 205 2015 Rank: 18 OFFENSE Contact – C-.  Probably the weakest part of Hinshaw’s game. The strikeouts aren’t necessarily a problem, but they’re certainly worth keeping an eye on. Fortunately, […]

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Halo Headlines: Trout is No. 1; farm system not even No. 101

The January 29, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Mike Trout getting the “honor” of being the No. 1 baseball card, the team getting shut out of a Top 100 prospects list (again), and more… The Story: Fans pick Mike Trout to be Topps’ No. 1 card for 2016 MWAH Says: Two things I learned from this […]

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Halo Headlines: Jefry Marte acquired; Albert Pujols swinging off tee

The January 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes acquiring a corner infielder from the Tigers, a return to baseball activities for Albert Pujols, and more… The Story: Angels designate 2B Ronald Torreyes for assignment MWAH Says: That didn’t last long. Gotta think that the team fully expects him to clear waivers and remain in […]

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