Big A Baseball

Trevor Reckling Promoted to AA
April 24, 2009, 12:51 am
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Angels 4th ranked prospect (According to Baseball America) Trevor Reckling has been promoted the the Quakes to the Arkansas Travelers to fill the spot in rotation that was left after Sean O’Sullivan was promoted to the Salt Lake Bees. Reckling is a left handed starting pitcher who was drafted in the 8th round (268th overall) in the 2007 1st year player draft. Reckling was 1-2 with a 0.95 ERA in 3 starts with the Quakes. Reckling’s best pitch is his curveball , which is known as the best curveball in the Angels system. It is unknown whether Reckling’s call up will be permanent, or if he will be sent down when the Angels rotation starts to get healthy.


Angels Bullpen Just Keeps On Struggling
April 23, 2009, 5:05 am
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The Angels have the worst bullpen ERA in the American League which is uncharacteristic for Mike Scioscia’s squad,whose bullpen has been near the top of the American League the past few years. Kevin Jepsen was placed on the Disabled List, which could explain his early season struggles. Scott Shields is having trouble locating his pitches, walking 5 batters in 5 innings before tonights ga,e, and is hanging his pitches over the plate. Shields said he felt confident after having a bullpen session just a few days ago, but gave up 3 runs tonight without recording an out. After an impressive rookie campaign in which fans hailed him as the “Closer of the Future,” Jose Arredondo has allowed 4 runs in 6 innings. New closer Brian Fuentes has blown 1 save in 4 chances and has an ERA of 7.20. The only relief pitcher who has been impressive has been Darren Oliver, but he has been temporarily been moved into the rotation, to fill in for some of their injured starting pitchers. The most disappointing part about the bullpens struggles is that even with all the injuries in the starting rotation, the Angels have the best starting pitcher ERA in the American League. With the performances given by the Angels rotation, they should not be a 5-8 team.

Angels Minor League Player of The Week (April 6th-April 13th)
April 14, 2009, 5:55 am
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Brandon Wood

Brandon Wood is the biggest name in the Angels farm system. After hitting over 40 home runs with the Quakes in the California League, his name was known amongst most Angel fans. Its no surprise to anybody that he is tied for the Milb lead with 3 home runs in 4 games, but he is also batting an impressive .333.  Wood also has 16 total bases and 4 RBIs in only 15 at bats. The only problem Wood has had this season, is that he has stricken out 4 times, and has not been walked in 4 games. But with the way Wood is swinging the stick, pitchers will stop giving him as many pitches to hit. His slugging percentage is a very impressive 1.067.  Wood can play both 3B and SS, and could play a huge roll down the stretch if Chone Figgins or Erick Aybar happen to go down with an injury.

Prospect Spotlight: Peter Bourjos
April 13, 2009, 5:02 am
Filed under: Down on the Farm

Peter Bourjos is a 22 year old outfielder with exceptional speed. He has below average power, but is an above average fielder, but his biggest concern is his eye, in 121 games, he only compiled 19 walks, while striking out 96 times last season, and has a 218/62  K/BB ration in his minor league career. Best case scenario is that he is a Reggie Willits type utility outfielder but with a little bit more power. Bourjos spent all of the 2008 season with the Rancho Cucamongo Quakes, where he batted .295 with 29 doubles, 10 triples, 9  home runs, and 83 runs. He also knocked in 51 RBIs and stole 50 bases in the leadoff spot. Bourjos was drafted in the 10th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and was signed by John Gracio. Bourjos was selected in 2008 as a California League Mid-Season All Star. Don’t look into the struggles Bourjos had in the 2009 Spring Training, he has plenty of time to develop in the Angels farm system. He only has one card which is from 2007 Bowman Chrome where his base autographs can be had for under 5$ and his blue refractors can be had for 20-25$. He is a pretty low risk investment who is starting the 2009 season with the Arkansas Travelers, but is blocked in the Angels stacked outfield, so I wouldn’t expect Bourjos to hit the majors until 2011. 

Player Rank: C

Investment Rank: C- (Low risk, but has a low ceiling due to his lack of power, but also needs to improve is BB/K ratio)

Could the Bullpen Cost Them?
April 13, 2009, 4:10 am
Filed under: The Big Show

The Bullpen has been all but impressive to start the season. Brian Fuentes has blown a save this season already. In this afternoon’s affair between the Red Sox, Scott Shields and Brian Fuentes walked a combined 5 batters in the final two innings of the game. The Angels were lucky to get out of this afternoons game with the win. The Angels bullpen has given up 12 Earned Runs in only 16 Innings Pitched. The Angels rotation is a combined 3-1, while the Angels bullpen is a combined 0-2. It seems like Francisco Rodriguez is a bigger loss than previously thought. The Angels have had one of the top bullpens in baseball for the past few years, and the bullpen this year is struggling. Is it early strugles, or is it a sign of things to come. You can’t expect a team to perform well, if their bullpen can’t keep them in games.

Down on the Farm: Opening Week
April 12, 2009, 7:18 pm
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The loss of Nick Adenhart was a blow to every to every piece of the Angels organization. Adenhart signed with the Angels at the age of 18 and played in the Angels Organization at every level. The Bees postponed their season opener, which was to be played on Thursday, as a tribute to the late Nick Adenhart.

The Angels Class A Affiliate, the Cedar Rapid Kernels kicked off their season sweeping the Beloit Snappers, and starting the season 3-0. Hector Estrella kicked off the season on Thurday by going 2-6 and driving in 3 RBIs. Michael Davitt started the season by going 5.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 ER, while fanning 10 Beloit batters, and earned a no-decision. The Kernels recorded 16 of 27 outs by way of strikeout. Alex Auer has hit the only HR for the Kernels this season. Jeremy Thorne has the only save for the Kernels. Hector Estrella leads the team with 4 RBIs.

In Advanced-A, the Rancho Cucamongo Quakes started out their season with a series against the Inland Empire 66ers and started the season with a record of 2-1. On Thursday with Kelvim Escobar getting scratched due to a set back in rehab, Trevor Reckling, the 19 year old southpaw got the nod as the opening day starter. Boy, he didn’t disappoint. Reckling went 6 innings, giving up no runs, only allowing 2 hits, and strking out 7, giving him and the Quakes their 1st win of the season. 22 year old Julio Perez is showed his power, by stroking 2 HRs in 12 at bats and a .917 slugging percentage. On Friday, 21 year Alexander Torres took the mound giving up 2 ER in 5 innings, but struck out 10 batters and was able to record his first win of the season. Matthew Sweeney drove in 3 RBIs as the Quakes won 9-2. On Saturday, Tim Kielty started the season shaky giving up 7 hits and 3 ER in his 1st start of the year. The Quakes lost for the 1st time this season 4-3, and were only able to record 5 hits off of Inland Empire.

Peter Bourjos has been putting on a show with the Arkansas Travelers ,who are starting the season 1-2. He’s leading team in Hits, RBIs, SLG%, and OBP. He has already hit 2 triples in three games. The Travelers power hitting duo, Mark Trumbo and Hank Congers, have started slow, going a combined 2-18 with 6 strikeouts. Sean O’Sullivan took the mound for the Travelers on Opening Day, going 6 strong innings and only allowing 1 run, to defeat the Midland Rockhounds. After a strong Spring, Jordan Walden took the mound for the first time on Friday giving up 2 runs in 5 innings of work, he received the loss. Amalio Diaz went 6 innings on Saturday, while giving up 2 runs and fanning 7 batters, but still received the loss.

After postponing their season opener, the Salt Lake Bees started their season 1-1. Highly touted Brandon Wood has a home run and 2 RBIs, going 2-8 in the opening series. Anthony Ortega, who is expected to get the call next week for the fifth spot in the Angels rotation, started the year going 5 innings, surrendering 1 run, to get the first win of the season. Matt Palmer started on Saturday and was hammered, giving up 6 earned runs in 1.2 innings. Reggie Willits was recalled by the Angels to take the roster spot left by the loss of Nick Adenhart. Reggie Wilits response to the call-up “I don’t feel like I’m replacing Nick — I don’t think anyone is going to replace him,” Willits said. “But I remember telling my wife, I really hope it’s not me, because of how hard this is.I know the organization has to move on, but it’s only been a couple of days. We not only lost a teammate, we lost a friend, and the world lost a pretty good guy with a bright future ahead of him.”

Q&A Session
April 10, 2009, 6:04 pm
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