Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #10 – Alex Yarbrough

Alex Yarbrough In 10 words or fewer: What the hell happened in AAA? Position: 2B | Age (2016): 24 Bats: S | Throws: R Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: 7 OFFENSE Contact – D+.  As Alex has climbed the minor league ladder, we’ve seen a once above average tool shift into the average range and in the latest installment, […]

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Halo Headlines: Eppler mum on major moves; Cespedes heading to DC?

The January 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Billy Eppler dancing around a question about other potential moves this winter with the grace of a deer on ice, an odd suitor joining the mix for Yoenis Cespedes, and more… The Story: makes everyone ornery. The Story: Yoenis Cespedes a fit for the Nationals? MWAH […]

Nate Smith is among many Angels minor leaguers who have been held at their level too long and deserve a promotion.

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #11 – Nate Smith

Nate Smith 10 words or fewer: Non-exciting pitcher with non-exciting name produces exciting results. Position: SP | Age (2016): 24 Throws: L | Bats: L Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 205 2015 Rank: 14 Fastball – C-/D+.  The average LHP in MLB throws a 90/91 mph fastball (92/93 for RHP), three years ago, Nate Smith was clocked throwing 87-89. Two years […]

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Halo Headlines: Efren Navarro DFA-ed; season tickets still selling

The January 20, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a long-time bench player being placed on the waiver wire, season tickets selling at a steady rate despite the lack of a “big splash” signing this winter, and more… The Story: Al Alburquerque’s contract is not guaranteed MWAH Says: If the Angels decide that Alburquerque […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  (L-R) Mike Trout #27, Vernon Wells #10 and Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate their teams victory over the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-3.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Halo History: The Best Angels Outfield Ever

With Mike Trout entrenched in center field, Kole Calhoun in right, and a premium left fielder still lurking out there in free agency, Angel fans are not to be blamed for entertaining the thought that the Halo outfield corps of 2016 could be the best the franchise has ever assembled. If Arte Moreno ever decides […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Victor Alcantara of the World Team looks on during batting practice prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the U.S. Team at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #12 – Victor Alcantara

Victor Alcantara 10 words or fewer: Electric arm offers plenty of intrigue as starter or reliever. Position: SP/RP | Age (2016): 23 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 190 2015 Rank: 10 Fastball – A.  Victor Alcantara used to pump his heater up in the triple digits with regularity. He also used to walk in excess of five […]

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Halo Headlines: Tigers sign Upton; Angels best fit for Cespedes

The One Month Until Pitchers and Catchers Report edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Justin Upton joining his sister in Detroit, the Halos remaining the best fit for Yoenis Cespedes, and more… The Story: Tigers sign Justin Upton to six-year, $132.75 million deal MWAH Says: Arte Moreno is running out of time to change his […]

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Halo Headlines: BA releases Angels top 10; Trout runner-up in another MVP vote

The January 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Baseball America’s top 10 Angels prospects for 2016, a close call for Mike Trout in the Internet Baseball Awards vote, plus some stuff we missed last week when I was sick… The Story: Baseball America’s Angels Top 10 Prospects for 2016 MWAH Says: The first major publication to […]


Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #13 – Natanael Delgado

Natanael Delgado In 10 words or fewer: Continually puzzling youngster. Could be a superstar or bust. Position: OF | Age (2016): 20 Bats: L | Throws: L Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: 16 OFFENSE Contact – D.  Delgado’s trending in the wrong direction in terms of his contact. It isn’t to say he’s grown worse at this skill, but […]


Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #14 – Ayendy Perez

Ayendy Perez In 10 words or fewer: Young slap hitter with good plate discipline and blazing speed. Position: OF | Age (2016): 22 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’9″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: Unranked OFFENSE Contact – B.  Ayendy has an unorthodox approach at the plate, which when unrefined can make it particularly difficult to make contact. And while […]

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Halo Headlines: Scioscia leads youth clinic; Trout’s offseason workout

Aaaand we’re back! The January 11, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Mike Scioscia and others leading baseball drills for kids, what it’s like to train Mike Trout in the offseason, and more… The Story: Mike Scioscia and coaching staff host youth baseball clinic in Compton MWAH Says: Scioscia, Dino Ebel, Ron Roenicke, and Steve Soliz […]


Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #15 – Brendon Sanger

Brendon Sanger In 10 words or fewer: Surprisingly good collegiate OF taken in middle rounds of draft. Position: OF | Age (2016): 22 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 185 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B.  Sanger makes enough contact to hit anywhere in the lineup. While it’s likely he’ll have a more difficult time making […]


Angels Prospect Countdown: #16 – Kyle McGowin

Kyle McGowin 10 words or fewer: May be past the injuries, figured out AA. Position: SP | Age (2016): 24 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 200 2015 Rank: 11 Fastball – B.  McGowin settled on what appears to be a cut fastball and traditional four-seamer in AA this year. The cut fastball creates all sorts of movement […]

Sherman Johnson

Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #17 – Sherman Johnson

Sherman Johnson In 10 words or fewer: Utility infielder lacks standout tools, but gets on base. Position: INF | Age (2016): 25 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’10″ | Weight: 190 2015 Rank: Unranked OFFENSE Contact – C+.  Sherman lacks the contact ability to be a true leadoff hitter, but he also makes enough contact to not fall victim to the […]


Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #18 – Eduardo Paredes

Eduardo Paredes 10 words or fewer: Another intriguing RP in an organization long known for them. Position: RP | Age (2016): 21 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 170 2015 Rank: Unranked Fastball – A.  Paredes is a different pitcher, depending on who you ask and when. I think part of the reason there isn’t as much […]

Bo Way

Angels Prospect Countdown: #19 – Bo Way

Bo Way In 10 words or fewer: Bo Way does the little things. Gets the job done. Position: OF | Age (2016): 24 Bats: L | Throws: L Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 180 2015 Rank: 19 OFFENSE Contact – B.  Not sure Way’s path to the ball could be any more efficient than it already is. This resulted in very little […]

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Halo Headlines: Angels claim three players, drop two others

The December 28, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team claiming two relievers and an infielder off waivers, two players being moved off the 40-man roster, and more… The Story: Angels claim LHPs Bobby LaFromboise and Rob Rasmussen, INF Rey Navarro MWAH Says: A little late getting to this one due to the holiday, but […]


Angels Prospect Countdown: #20 – David Fletcher

David Fletcher In 10 words or fewer: Future utility infielder, nabbed in the 6th round. Position: SS | Age (2016): 22 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 5’10″ | Weight: 175 2015 Rank: N/A   OFFENSE Contact – A.  Like any speedster worth his weight in pennies, Fletcher has excellent bat-to-ball skills. He’s particularly adept at putting the ball on the […]


Angels Prospect Countdown: #21 – Greg Mahle

Greg Mahle 10 words or fewer: LHRP offers lots of strikeouts and promise. Nearly MLB-ready. Position: RP | Age (2016): 23 Throws: L | Bats: L Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 225 2015 Rank: Unranked Fastball – B- This is more of a relative grade, as Mahle has occasional appearances where he’s only throwing 88-89, and others in which he’ll be […]


Angels Prospect Countdown: #22 – Tim Arakawa

Tim Arakawa In 10 words or fewer: Beautiful swing, great patience, and enough speed and defense. Position: 2B | Age (2016): 23 Bats: L | Throws: R Height: 5’8″ | Weight: 175 2015 Rank: N/A OFFENSE Contact – B-.  Tim has an absolutely beautiful swing. It’s short, compact, he stays inside the pitch and will at times crowd the plate, which […]