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MWAH Top 30 Prospect Stock – Early Summer Edition

Think of the prospect game like the stock market.  When a prospect is generating lots of buzz, the little prospect world goes “buy-buy-buy” (not to be confused with N’sync’s hit “bye-bye-bye”).  When the prospect is going through a slump, the prospect investors yell “sell-sell-sell”.  It’s sort of a microcosm of analyzing baseball’s future, which teams […]

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Cal Towey – Sleeper Prospect?

The Angels have a lot of prospects.  Not necessarily good ones, but there are hundreds of names to sort through.  I’ve only just begun gathering my list for a potential Top 30 prospects this upcoming offseason and already, we have 60-70 prospects listed.  So understandably, it’s easy for prospects to get lost int he shuffle. […]

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Brandon Wood tosses the ball to second baseman Howard Kendrick to force out Los Angeles Dodgers' Casey Blake at second during the eighth inning of their baseball game, Tuesday, June 22, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif. Kendrick threw out Matt Kemp at first to complete the double play.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Angels Draft History 2001-2003

Every draft comes with some awesome stories.  That’s part of what makes this event so exciting, the fact that with it, comes a thousand plus stories and even more that we never heard of.  Let’s check out part one the last 15 years of the Angels draft. 2001 Draft Major Leaguers: 1B Casey Kotchman, C […]

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Preliminary Draft Reactions Rounds 1-3

The first or second week of June is my favorite time of the year, every year.  School is out for Summer (at least for most of us), the lakes and rivers are just beginning to heat up, fishing is in full swing, my baby boy was born, and oh yeah, the Angels find themselves a […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 04:  C.J. Cron #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a two run single in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Time To Let The Kids Play?

As of writing this article, the Angels currently sit six games out of a second wild card spot (entirely too early for such talk), and 10 games out of first place in the AL West (this is a pretty good time to bring that up).  There continues to be no timetable for Richards, Heaney, Skaggs […]

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Prospect Surprises May Edition

I certainly don’t need to tell you the reader that Angel fans could use any bit of good news these days.  It seems every article is about another injury, another rehab stalled, another loss, and no prospects.  Well as it turns out, there are a few prospects, and those few are doing everything they can […]

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Eppler Gearing Angels To Compete Or Sell

The Angels are one of the most injury-plagued teams in Major League Baseball this year.  While they currently run sixth in most DL stints, the teams ahead of them have not lost a Garrett Richards–Andrew Heaney 1-2 punch or a 4-5 win player in all-world shortstop Andrelton Simmons.  Understandably, this has gone from a young, […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Fire Sale

Welcome to Part III of our rebuild series: The Fire Sale. In Part I, we examined what a Slight Retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. Then in Part II, we looked into what a New Direction might mean for the Angels, which involved trading assets like Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, […]

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Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: A New Direction

Yesterday we kicked this series off by examining what a slight retooling of the Angels roster could look like over the coming year. In Part II, we look into what going a new direction might mean for the Angels. First, let’s understand what a “New Direction” means, beyond the literal sense, and when a team might […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07:  Johnny Giavotella #12 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to a single from Hank Conger #24 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 07, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Anatomy of an Angels Rebuild: The Slight Retooling

Just under a year ago I posted an article of a similar kind to this one, outlining who the Angels would keep and who the Angels would shuffle out of the organization after 2015. The purpose was to highlight what a rebuilt offense could look like, but most of it was vanilla—I’d stated the obvious and […]

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Angels Prospects’ Surprise April Performances

As it goes every year, the stock values of prospects inevitably rise and fall.  This is part of what makes baseball such a fun game to watch—one element always remains a fixture in this prospect game we play: surprise. These are the Angels prospects that surprised us this April: Hutton Moyer – 2B/3B Sure, he has a cool […]

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Unique Names In The Angels System

My wife and I are expecting our first. The last name of Allen hardly bears any unique qualities about it, but searching for a first name has brought us in contact with a lot of fun, downright comical names. This had made me think a lot about Minor League Baseball, where unique names seem to come […]

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Five Angels Prospect Trade Chips

I’m guessing by the title you’re thinking to yourself: “Not a fun article to write.” And I wouldn’t blame you for that. The Angels possess a farm system that, in comparison to others, is generally devoid of valuable minor league talent that can be swapped for major league upgrades. That being said, this isn’t a […]

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MWAH Top 30 Angels Prospects Update

Let’s quickly check in on how the Top 30 Angels prospects are faring a week into the 2016 season: 30. Samuel Pastrone – RHP Will likely head to Rookie Ball in Orem as expected. 29. Andrew Daniel – 2B/3B Somewhat surprisingly, Daniel was promoted to AA and finds himself playing 3B exclusively. Hitting in the […]

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Where to Watch Angels Prospects in 2016

A few days after the start of the MLB regular season comes the start of the MiLB regular season—that’s today!—and with that comes an important moment for prospect enthusiasts. It’s an important time because we find out where every prospect is placed, and their placement ultimately dictates how the club views them. If a player is held down […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 04:  C.J. Cron #24 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a two run single in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 4, 2015 in Anaheim, California  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Five Bold Angels Predictions for 2016

I don’t think I’ve ever been as giddy to write this article as I am this year. The reason? I think some of these truly bold predictions have a decent shot at coming true. I love it when no one expects the Angels to do anything, and then the guys come in and produce. It’s […]

DENVER, CO - JULY 7:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on July 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Top 10: Why The 2016 Angels Will Be Better

Every year, like any diehard Angels fan, I spend much of my pre-season time analyzing the team’s new roster. Every year I reach the same conclusion: The Angels are a better team this year than they were last year. This doesn’t always turn out to be true by straight wins and losses, of course, but that doesn’t […]

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Can The Angels Replicate Their 2014 Success?

2014 was a year this franchise needed. Jerry Dipoto had come in as GM in late 2011 and made a lot of flashy offseason moves right away. These moves cost a lot of paper, and also made a ton of sense on paper. But on the field, we’d yet to see any indication that they […]

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Projecting the Angels’ Infield with Batted-Ball Stats

Every season brings its fair share of surprises in terms of breakouts, resurgences, and major letdowns at the plate. A fair chunk of it boils down to the randomness of the game—be it injury or luck—but some aspects of it can be measured and projected forward. For this article, our purpose is to look at some […]

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 2:  Rafael Ortega #39 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during a spring training against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Billy Eppler, Discount Shopper

Enough ink has been spilled as to the Angels relative unwillingness to spend money of any sorts to fill glaring vacancies this winter. But what hasn’t been mentioned as much as it probably should is the masterful job new GM Billy Eppler has done at creating a great deal of depth for this team, and […]

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