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Update from the Angels’ Farm

April 28th, 2015
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Starting pitcher Tyler DeLoach has a 0.95 ERA in 19 IP this season with 18 strikeouts and only 4 walks.

Salt Lake Bees

The Angels’ Triple-A club is in fourth place in the PCL Pacific Southern with a 6-11 record.  Third baseman Kyle Kubitza continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the league.  He leads the PCL in hits (29) and doubles (11) and is leading his team with a .372 batting average.  The Bees’ pitching staff is second in the league in strikeouts, led by Andrew Heaney’s 18.  Pitcher Tyler DeLoach was promoted from Double-A to take Garrett Richards’ roster spot, and pitcher Scott Snodgress was placed on the 7-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.  Here are some of the top performances of the week:

• 4/20 – CF Daniel Robertson:  2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
• 4/20 – SS Josh Rutledge:  5-for-5, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
• 4/21 – 3B Ryan Wheeler:  3-for-5, walk off RBI 1B in 11th
• 4/22 – LF Roger Kieschnick: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, assist at home
• 4/23 – 2B Alex Yarbrough:  2-for-2, 1 BB, GW RBI
• 4/23 – SP Tyler DeLoach:  7 IP, 1 H, 0R, 0 BB, 2 SO
• 4/23 – RP Jeremy McBryde:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
• 4/25 – LF Efren Navarro:  3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
• 4/26 – C Carlos Perez: 3-for-4, 1 2B

Last Week on the Angels’ Farm

April 21st, 2015

 

Salt Lake Bees

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Relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian has 13 strikeouts and no walks in eight innings so far for the Bees.

The Angels’ Triple-A club is in fourth place in the PCL Pacific Southern with a 1-10 record.  While that’s rather depressing, on the bright side, third baseman Kyle Kubitza has been raking.  He leads the Pacific Coast League in doubles (7), is second in hits (20) and total bases (31), and is fourth in batting average (.417).  The Bees’ catching tandem of Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy has also been hot, going 19-for-52 at the plate so far this season for a .365 batting average.  The two catchers have also hit all three of the Bees’ home runs.  Here are some of the top performances from last week:

• 4/14 – 1B Marc Krauss:  2-for-4, 2 2B
• 4/14 – 3B Kyle Kubitza:  2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B
• 4/15 – DH Josh Rutledge:  2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 RBI
• 4/15 – C Jett Bandy:  3-for-5, 1 RBI, picked runner off of third
• 4/16 – Kyle Kubitza:  4-for-5, 2 RBI
• 4/16 – LF Roger Kieschnick:  2-for-4, 2 2B, threw runner out at home
• 4/17 – LF Grant Green:  3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 3B
• 4/17 – Kyle Kubitza:  2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 SB
• 4/18 – Roger Kieschnick:  1-for-4, 2b, threw runner out at 2nd
• 4/18 – RP Cam Bedrosian:  2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
• 4/19 – Kyle Kubitza:  2-for-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB
• 4/19 – C Carlos Perez:  2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Last Week on the Angels’ Farm

April 14th, 2015

 

Ed. note – In an effort to keep you abreast of how things are going with the Angels minor-league system, this season Jeff Mays will be providing brief, weekly updates on notable performances at each level down on the farm. Expect the format to evolve and expand as the season progresses.

 

Salt Lake Bees

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Andrew Heaney’s first start in Salt Lake was a resounding success.

The Angels’ Triple-A club is in 4th place with a 1-4 record.  They lost a 6-5 game against Sacramento in the 18th inning.  Seven of the game’s runs came in the last inning.

• 4/9  - SP Adam Wilk:  5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
• 4/10 – SP Andrew Heaney:  7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
• 4/11  - UT Grant Green:  4-for-8, all singles
• 4/11  - RP Cam Bedrosian:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
• 4/13 – 3B Kyle Kubitza:  3-for-5, 1 3B

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The Angels’ Consensus Top Prospects

March 16th, 2015

 

With FanGraphs’ somewhat random Top 18 prospects list now up, every major online baseball publication (that I’m aware of) has released their Angels top prospect rankings for 2015. We gave a lot of thought to doing a list of our own, but with a minimal first-hand knowledge of the players and little time to collect the variety of opinions from numerous sources that’s needed to devise a comprehensive ranking, we thought it much easier to coalesce all the information already out there into a single super list. So we did.

Using the varied lists of MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, ESPN, Minor League Ball, and FanGraphs as our dataset*, we added up the respective ranking of each player on each list, then divided by six to get the average and determine the top 10. Twenty-five different prospects appeared on at least one of the lists, and only five were on all six. For those players who were on some lists and not others, a ranking of 15, 19, or 21 was given, depending on the number of players in the original list.

*There is a lot of great prospect analysis out there from Angels-centric sites, but for the purposes of this exercise I’ve omitted their 2015 rankings. I find that some fan predictions are overly optimistic, and I didn’t want to include some lists and not others, so I went with none.

Things got slightly more complicated when determining the players’ overall grades. Not everyone uses the 20-80 scouting scale in their projections, so we used Kiley McDaniel’s primer as a way to translate letter grades (Minor League Ball) and projected roles (Baseball Prospectus) into a single standardized scale. For instance, a C+ grade became a 50, a no. 2/3 starter ceiling became a 65. Once translated, the scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest five to create each player’s potential overall “Future Value” (FV). Keith Law and Baseball America don’t include overall grades on their rankings, and thus weren’t included in the FV calculation.

Just to be clear: None of this is new information, and is not a scouting report. It’s simply a consolidation of six of the major top prospects lists into one general summary to paint a picture of where the scouting community seems to believe the Angels farm system stands heading into 2015.

Meet The New Angels: Johnny Giavotella

December 26th, 2014

Johnny Arthur Giavotella

Age: 27 | Height: 5’8 | Weight: 185
Bats: R | Throws: R
Pos: 2B/3B

 

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana

Giavotella was born and raised in the NOLA metro area and remained in the Big Easy through college, attending the University of New Orleans.

 

Drafted: 2nd round, 2008 – Kansas City Royals

After excelling as a two-way player in high school, Giavotella moved to the keystone exclusively at UNO and helped guide the Privateers to berths in two consecutive NCAA tournaments (’07 & ’08). Giavotella hit .354/.470/.591 in his junior year, earning him third-team All-American honors and the good fortune of being selected as the 49th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

 

Nickname: Goes by “Gio,” even though his name is spelled G-I-A.

As a short-statured guy from La Nouvelle-Orléans, I feel like “Napoleon” should also be on the table… ooh or maybe “Nap Gio”? Yep, I’m going Nap Gio.

 

Prospect Status:

Giavotella was a Top 15 prospect in Kansas City’s historically deep farm system a few years back, but he graduated out of their ranks in 2011. He peaked at #11 in 2008 per Baseball America, at #9 in 2011 per Baseball Prospectus, and at #12 for Minor League Ball in 2011.

 

Scouting Report Key Phrases: excellent feel for the strike zonefew weaknesses at the plate; has plenty of popdefense still needs some workpatient approach and a very short, quick swing

Pretty positive, right? Well, here’s the catch: All of those reports are from 2011 or earlier. Giavotella has had several opportunities to make his skill set work at the big-league level, but it just hasn’t happened. The 2014 BP Annual summed up his adaptation struggles in a single sentence: “The bat speed that works in Omaha is exploited in Kansas City.” In other words, Gio has had trouble dealing with big-league heaters, and attempts to cheat on said fastballs have left him vulnerable to off-speed stuff.

But with just 89 MLB plate appearances for Giavotella in the last two years, and only 465 total spread over four partial seasons, it’s too early to write him off completely. He’s dominated Triple-A pitching so thoroughly — .835 OPS in 1,800 PA — that one can’t reasonably believe that his .612 OPS in the bigs represents his true talent level. He probably won’t ever come close to mimicking his PCL numbers in the pros, but he should at least be able to make his way into the .700 club.

Probably the biggest thing working in Giavotella’s favor is his reverse platoon split. While most right-handed batters fare better when facing southpaws, Gio is one of the select few who excels against same-sided pitching. Across all levels in his seven seasons of pro ball, he owns an .803 OPS vs RHPs and a .755 OPS vs LHPs. A difference of 48 points might not seem like much, but that gap has widened significantly in the high minors. Since reaching Triple-A in 2011, his handedness split has increased to nearly 100 points — .813 vs .721. If Giavotella can find a way to get things going against MLB pitching, the Angels might not have to find a lefty batter to work a platoon at the keystone.

 

Injury History:

Other than an operation to repair a slightly torn labrum in his right hip during the 2011 offseason, Giavotella has been of remarkably good health. So far as I can tell, he hasn’t spent a single day on the disabled list in seven years. Not sure I’d say that the ability to stay healthy is a skill, but it’s certainly an asset.

 

Quotes:

MLB.com – September 12, 2011

“I think based on my size, a lot of people have doubts about me, and knowing that motivates me to practice harder and prove them wrong.”

 

NOLA.com – April 24, 2014 

“On the business side of things, it enters my mind, thinking about my future, where I’ll be next year,” he said… “Hopefully a team will have confidence in me, pick me up and keep me in the big leagues the entire season.”

 

Does He Twitter?: Yep! Though he may need to change his handle now.

I bet @Gio2bOC isn’t taken.

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