Angels Spring Training – Non Roster Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Spring Training
The Angels have invited 12 non roster pitchers to join them in sunny Tempe this spring.  Some names you have probably heard of, and others not so much.  Let's break them down, including chances of a roster spot (at any point) in 2015. Trevor Gott Gott is a 23-year old reliever who came over to the Angels from the Padres as part of the Huston Street trade.  He has converted 22 of 29 saves in his short minor league career and amassed 101 Ks through 96 innings along with a 1.21 WHIP.  In 2014 he had a pretty average K/BB ratio of 2.4. Gott only has 29 inning at the AA level (the rest A or below) so it's highly unlikely he makes an opening day roster but he could have a…
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Calling Angel #5

Angels, pitching
Angels pitchers and catchers report tomorrow.  Finally!  It's the start of the 2015 baseball season and I am ready for it.  There certainly are a few question marks in a mostly unchanged Angels lineup, including: Will Josh Hamilton be anywhere NEAR his prediction of a .300/30HR/100 RBI season? (nope) Who will play second base? (more on that soon) Who will win the 5th spot in the Angels rotation? Today, let's look at the third unknown on this list - who will win that 5th rotation spot? The Angels rotation will likely look like: Jered Weaver Garrett Richards CJ Wilson Matt Shoemaker Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, or Sean Andrew Heaney Questions about Richards recovery aside (he is doing great so far), and which version of CJ Wilson will we get in…
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Early Look at 2015 Angels Pitching

Angels, pitching
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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Final 2014 Angels Pitcher Rankings

Angels, pitching, Rankings
This final regular season ranking includes the top 20 Angels pitchers in terms innings pitched and excludes those no longer with the team (I'm looking at you Ernesto Frieri). Unlike previous weekly rankings, these are for the entire season as a whole.  A little bit unfair to the players who only pitched a few times, but life isn't always fair (just asked poor teamless Ernesto). 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 Comments 1  Garrett Richards Despite a shortened season, Richards was the man for the Angels on the mound in 2014. Richards had a WHIP of 1.04 (3rd best), 2.61 ERA, .201 BAA (only .001 behind league leading Felix…
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Angels Game #158 – LeBlank

Angels, Baseball, pitching
LeBlanc has been pitching so well lately I'm going to stop calling him Joey from Friends (I guess his first name is Wade, not Matt. In fact, Wade LeBlanc has pitched a string of 16 scoreless innings, including the last 10 2/3 as a starter.  This guy has been tossed around more times in the past few years than a female an elevator with Ray Rice (too soon?).  Sometimes it doesn't take an ace, but a pitcher pitching well at the right time.  And right now that pitcher is Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc did what Wilson could not one night earlier - throw strikes - and throw them somewhere they weren't too hitable.  He only walked one and only struck out one but he pitched his heart our and did it…
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Wilson!

Angels, pitching
So, I'm pretty sure this volleyball could have pitched a better game last night than CJ Wilson.  2014 has seen a mostly medicore (at best) year from CJ with a couple of flashes of brilliance (notably 5/17 & 9/17) and a whole lot of stinker starts (6 starts not even making it to the 5th inning).  If only we could just have CJ start on dates with "17" in them?  Let's look at CJ's 35 pitch, 12 strike outing from last night by batter number. First pitch fastball, called strike - low.  Second pitch fastball, single on pitch right over the middle of the plate. Pitch 1, fastball, strike.  Pitch 2, sinker, ball.  Pitch 3, strike, groundout.  One out.  (so far so good right?) Pitch one, ball.  Pitch two, strike (but…
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9/25 Angels Rankings – Pitchers

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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. An asterisk* means the player was not on the active roster at the time of this posting. Updates to List: Drew Rucinski was added Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Jered Weaver 1 - 1 5 Weaver was an ace again last week only walking 1 and notching another win with 7 innings pitched. 2 Joe Smith 2 - 2 4 This guy rocks. 3 Matt Shoemaker 4 +1 1 13 Amazing sauce.  Fear the bear and all that jazz.  Let's hope he's healthy again soon! 4…
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Bullpen Meltdown

Angels, pitching
As if the Angels Bullpen wanted to say "see - we aren't quite perfect all the time", they proceeded to blow things in a big way Tuesday night at the Big A. Rasmus started out the game with a masterful 4 inning appearance in which he amassed a mere 43 pitches over just 13 batters.  Then came Jason Grilled Cheese and his meltdown. Grilli walked his first batter (Kendrys Morales) then hit the next (Logan Morrison).  He ended up lasting .1 innings with 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 HPB and 4 earned runs.  Ouch.  But no big deal right?  The Angels were down 2-4 at this point which just takes one Halo magic inning to put them back in it.  So Mike Morin came in and finished off the inning with…
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9/18 Angels 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. An asterisk* means the player was not on the active roster at the time of this posting. Updates to List: Joe Thatcher was removed from the DL Added Jairo Diaz Rank Player Last Week Change High Low Comments 1 Jered Weaver 1 - 1 5 Weaver was an ace last week and was in top of his career form against the Astros on Saturday when he struck out 12 over 7 innings. 2 Joe Smith 2 - 2 4 Perfect in 2 innings pitched 3 Huston Street 3 -  1…
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Shoebacca!

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Matt Shoemaker, aka Shoebacca, just locked down the most wins ever by an Angels Wookie rookie at 15.  Shoemaker is the dude that went un-drafted and ended up being scouted out of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League by the Los Angeles Angels.  At 27 years old, Shoemaker is a rookie and only making league minimum despite a run at a Cy Young award (especially if you look at post All Star stats) and a run at rookie of the year were it not for the likes of Jose Abreu, and all the while only making league minimum.  Talk about a bargain! Shoemaker has been playing in the minors since 2008 with average numbers.  His minors career ERA is 4.52, WHIP 1.356, 7.4 SO/9, 2 shutouts, and a 50-40 record.  Shoemaker made…
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