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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 […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 10:  Los Angeles Angels' 2015 first round draft pick, catcher Taylor Ward, of Fresno State, speaks to the media before the start of a game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays on June 10, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #1 – Taylor Ward

Taylor Ward In 10 words or fewer: Collegiate catcher may be a great defender and hitter. Position: C | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 180 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – A.  Ward just did not strike out this past season, at least not in the way you’d expect someone that came pre-labeled with […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #2 – Kyle Kubitza

Kyle Kubitza In 10 words or less: Where does he fit? Will he hit? Position: 3B/LF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 210 2015 Rank: 6 OFFENSE Contact – D+.  Kubitza’s a bit of a strange case in that his swing can be long, but his path to the ball is direct. Yet due […]

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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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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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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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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 […]

at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

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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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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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #9b – Ji-Man Choi

Ji-Man Choi In 10 words or fewer: Angels Rule 5 pick, their most interesting in recent history. Position: 1B/LF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 230 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  When he’s locked in, Choi is a very difficult hitter to fool and equally as difficult to strike out. Now I […]

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Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #9 – Roberto Baldoquin

Roberto Baldoquin In 10 words or fewer: $15 million Cuban import an absolute flop in first season. Position: SS | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 185 2015 Rank: 3 OFFENSE Contact – C.  Baldoquin’s swing can get a little long and slow at times, which makes him both susceptible to a decent fastball and […]

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