Angels in Arizona – Part 2

AFL, Angels
How are the top Angels prospects doing since we checked last?  Last take a look! Position Players: Kaleb Cowart - Still doing pretty mediocre but did manage to increase his average from .069 in 29 at bats to .154 in 52 at bats so at least he's batting around .260 over the past week or so. Chad Hinshaw - Another double and 4 more hits.  Still batting in the 250's which was where he was last time. Eric Stamets - Stamets has more at bats now and is playing well.  He has a triple and a .303 average.  Though he has been caught stealing 3 times in only 4 attempts. Cal Towey - Sporting a .406 average, he is getting better as fall season goes on.  Three doubles, a home run and…
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Gold Gloves

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Rawlings has announced finalists for the 2014 Gold Glove - an award that is only 25% based on actual fielding stats (the other 75% on managers opinion). Teams absent from this list include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, and New York Yankees.  No gold gloves for you! Teams with multiple candidates include: 4 - Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals 3 - Atalanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Red, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers 2- Los Angeles Angels, Cleveland Indians, Saint Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox
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Angels in Arizona

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Unfortunately I'm not talking about spring training, though hopefully we can blink and that will be here!  What I am talking about is the Arizona Fall League and the 8 Angels prospects currently playing there.  How the heck are they all doing after just over a week of play? Position Players: Kaleb Cowart - This top 4 Angels prospect is batting a dismal .069 with 29 at bats and only 2 hits.  Considering the meek numbers he has put up in 2013 and 2014 for Arkansas, he's feeling less and less "top". Chad Hinshaw - Hinshaw is doing ok so far with a .250 average in 20 at bats.  Three of his 5 hits have been doubles so he appears to be hitting the ball when he does hit. Eric Stamets…
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Early Look at 2015 Angels Pitching

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Yeah it's early and a lot can happen between now and February, but many are wondering - what will the Angels pitching staff look like in 2015? First, the staff will be without Kyle Skaggs who will the entire 2015 season due to that pesky Tommy John surgery. Let's look at all the pitchers who started a game for the Angels in 2014 (in order of most starts): Jered Weaver CJ Wilson Garrett Richards Hector Santiago Matt Shoemaker Tyler Skaggs Cory Rasmus Wade Leblanc We've already eliminated Tyker Skaggs.  Wade LeBlanc is a free agent and it's unclear if the Angels will re-sign him, though they probably will if he doesn't want too much money.  It's also unclear if Cory Rasmus will be converted to a starter, though I would…
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ALDS Game 3: Adios Angels

Angels, Royals
I've been thinking about what to write in this post since the game ended yesterday.  Don't expect a lot of praises for the Kansas City Royals because this is an Angels blog after all!  But to be fair, the Royals DID just outplay the Angels and now they move on while Scioscia and company watch the rest of the season on TV. I think the bite stings a lot more given the fact that the Angels had the best record in baseball going in to the post season and they hadn't been swept in back to back series ALL SEASON.  In fact, they were barely swept at all and the Angels ended their regular and post seasons by being swept.  It's almost as if  they were a completely different team…
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ALDS Game 2: Three Strikes your trOUT

Angels, Royals
For much of the game last night at Angels Stadium it was loud.  Real loud.  Even when the Angels spent much of the game down 1-0. Matt Shoemaker was back on the mound (thankfully) and pitched a gem of a game. Kole Calhoun led off the Angels with a single then Mike Trout swapped placed with him on a fielder's choice.  I'm sure many did not expect Trout to run with Pujols at the plate but run he did.  His jump was slow and he was out by a mile.  Que Pujols ground out and suddenly the promising start was a 1-2-3 inning. A rare error by Kole Calhoun in the second inning led to Eric Hosmer taking second base instead of staying on first.  Shortly there after he scored…
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ALDS Game 1: Underwhelming Offense

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That was a tough one last night and there is a lot of say about it.  Let me start with 0 for 18.  No I'm not talking about John McDonald's batting stats for September, but rather the combined at bats of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick ,and Josh Hamilton.  If that offense wasn't underwhelming then I don't know what is.  You simply can't win a game if you don't score runs.  You can't score runs if you don't get on base. Note that the picture above is after Weaver pitched his no hitter earlier this year.  He was in disbelief.  Sort of like how he was when they lost this game despite his great pitching.  So it fits.   Take your pick for which of the following played the…
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AL Wildcard Game Recap: All Your Bases Belong to Us

A's, Recaps, Royals
In perhaps what was one of the most exciting wildcard games ever, the Royals topped the Athletics in 12 innings last night in Kansas City. Below is my recap of the game, though I will admit I missed innings 7-10 (approximately) since I had the unfortunate timing of softball game last night. Innings 1-5: Pitch Off Post season games are generally regarded as pitching games and the start of the AL Wildcard game was no exception.  While both pitchers did give up runs in the first inning (including one of two Brandon Moss homeruns), the score remained relatively low early on.  James shields was a little shaky the first two innings, throwing 45 pitches and 27 strikes.  However, he got pretty dialed in and only needed 35 pitches over the…
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MLB Pace of Play Experiment

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Today, MLB announced they are going to be experimenting with some pace of play rules in the Arizona Fall League (AFL). Personally, I don't think a lot needs to change, and baseball is supposed to be a slower sport. It's supposed to be America's pastime that teaches us to relax, slow down, and enjoy what is happening around us.  Baseball is an escape. That being said, It's possible there are some changes that could help the game (like shorter commercial breaks) and it's appeal to our modern fast-paced society. Here are the rules being tested, along with my thoughts: (see link for details on each rule) Batter's Box Rule - I think this one is rather silly and really messes with the batting experience.  I'd rather see them say something like…
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