Week 7 Angles Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
Pitching was a strong point for the Halos last week with a team combined 1.60 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. My rankings include the entire 40 man roster, not just the active 25. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Ryan Mattheus DFA Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards 1 - 1 8 Opposing batters only hit .185 against Richards even though he got the loss thanks to the lack of run support. 2 Jered Weaver 2 - 1 14 Two strong outings in a row.  I guess those who were saying he might be broken have been proved wrong.…
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Week 6 Angels Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster, not just the active 25. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Cory Rasmus Removed - DL Ryan Mattheus added to 40 man and called up from minors Chad Smith received from the Oakland A's (for Drew Butera) Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Garrett Richards 2 +1 1 8 Two ace worthy performance last week including 6 no hit innings on Sunday. 15 total strikeouts in 13.2 innings iwth a .128BAA and a .67 WHIP.  ACE! 2 Jered Weaver 12 +10 1 14 Weaver proved us all wrong last week by…
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Week 5 Angels Power Rankings – pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster, not just the active 25. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Cam Bedrosian sent down to the minors Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 - 1 10 Almost blew a save last week but it was probably not mostly his fault since he went in fairly cold.  Thanks to Trout's game saving catch, Street was 2 for 2 in saves last week. 2 Garrett Richards 2 - 2 8 Solid Richards in our outing last week, giving up only 1 run. 3 CJ Wilson 8 +5 3 12 Apparently…
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Is Jered Weaver Broken?

Angels, pitching
Many bloggers, fans, etc., have already commented multiple times this season that Jered Weaver is broken.   His velocity is down, again, but is he REALLY broken? Last night, Weaver gave up 5 runs in the first inning but then was pretty flawless (retiring 12 in a row at one point) after that, save for a home run in the 6th inning. In five starts, Weaver is 0-3 with 29.1 IP, 19 ER, 6 HR and only 4 walks.  The 4 walks number looks pretty awesome, but what good is not walking people if you are giving up home runs and hits instead?  Weaver's WHIP is a non-so-ace-like 1.33 and his BAA is higher than most of the Angels offense is hitting at .289. Since 2012, Weaver has lost an average…
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Week 4 Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching
Pitching last week was not exactly an Angels strong point.  Only three players managed to not give up ANY runs - Tropeano, Street, and Bedrosian.  Yes, that Bedrosian! My rankings include the entire 40 man roster. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Cam Bedrosian called up from the minors Nick Tropeano (called up then sent down after 1 start) Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 - 1 10 Triple threes last week - Ks, Save, and games. 2 Garrett Richards 9 +7 6 8 Much better than his first outing, Richard put up great numbers last…
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Week 3 Power Ranking – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
We've now had one full week of baseball so let's take a look at  the Angels power rankings leading into week 2.  Pitching was all over the place in week 1 and we apparently are currently without an "ace".  Most of the top performances came out of a bullpen that was pretty on target if you ignore Salas. My rankings include the entire 40 man roster. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Changes: Adam Wilk added to 40 man roster Tyler Skaggs removed from 40 man roster Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 1 - 1 10 Still one…
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Week 2 Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
We've now had one full week of baseball so let's take a look at  the Angels power rankings leading into week 2.  Pitching was all over the place in week 1 and we apparently are currently without an "ace".  Most of the top performances came out of a bullpen that was pretty on target if you ignore Salas. My rankings include the entire 40 man roster. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. *** Salt Lake Bees Roster ** Arkansas Travelers Roster Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Huston Street 10 +9 1 10 Phew.  His spring performance was a fluke, which is good since it SUCKED.  So far with 2…
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Pre Season Power Rankings – Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Rankings
My rankings include the entire 40 man roster - not just the active 25 man. These rankings were compiled with the help of MLB stats, FanGraphs, misc. data, personal opinion, and some fairy dust I found hidden in Shoemaker's beard. Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Jered Weaver - - 1 1 All this talk about Weaver's decline in velocity aside, this man can pitch.  He struck out 23 over 21 innings this spring on his way to a 2.53 ERA and 1.03WHIP.  The Weave is ready for opening day! 2 Drew Rucinski  - - 2 2 I honestly wish this guy had Santiago's rotation spot and perhaps he will once Richards comes back.  He gave up 2 HR in his last outing but was pretty dominant…
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Angels Spring Training – Relief Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Spring Training
There is a slew of relief pitchers in training camp (10) with most of them bound to end up in AAA or AA.  This last issue of spring training player review looks at this 10 guys and their chances of playing on the active roster for a substantial portion of 2015 (let's say 20+ innings). Cesar Ramos 246 big league innings have mostly been a mixed bag for Ramos.  A career 3.90 ERA and 1.36 with a BAA of .245.  Nothing overwhelming for sure.  Ramos hasn't pitched in the minors since 2012 and has a shot at the Angels bullpen mostly because he is a lefty with experience.  His odds are high, despite competition in the pen.  Ramos has also pitched 1 perfect inning so far in Tempe. 2015 Active…
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Angels Spring Training – Starting Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Spring Training
There are essentially 9 starting pitchers in Tempe for 5 spots.  Since Garrett Richards is set to start the season on the DL, there will be 7 pitchers vying for those 5 spots (at least for the first few weeks of April).  Let's take a look at all 9, along with the chances of making a substantial number of starts in 2015 (10+ games or so) Andrew Heaney If you are going to trade away Howie Kendrick, then have a lot of faith in the pitcher you get for him.  Heaney is not only a top Angels prospect, but a top 25 prospect in all of MLB.  He has had a very impressive and short minor league career but a very disappointing 29 big league innings with Miami last year (5.83…
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