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A look into Garrett Richards’ 2017

After making just six starts in 2016 and undergoing an experimental alternative to Tommy John surgery, Angels ace Garrett Richards began the 2017 season fully healthy and, therefore, with high expectations firmly fastened to his right arm. But he was removed from his first start of the season in April after 4 2/3 scoreless innings with what was originally billed as only a “biceps cramp.”

The injury turned out to be much more serious, though, and the 29-year-old was sidelined until September with nerve irritation in his biceps. When he was on the field, however, Richards looked like he hadn’t missed any time at all, posting a 2.28 ERA in six 2017 starts. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

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The Angels finally have a star left fielder, and his name is Justin Upton

In 2017, Angels left fielders have provided the third-worst offensive production at the position in the majors—and that’s an improvement. Over the previous two years, they ranked dead last. With yesterday’s acquisition of the power-hitting Justin Upton, however, that’s all about to change. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Checking in on Luis Perdomo’s Development

Just two years removed from pitching in Single-A, right-hander Luis Perdomo is a full-time member of the Padres’ starting rotation. In December 2015, he was selected by the Rockies in the Rule-5 draft and later traded to San Diego for cash considerations, which is the reason for his quick ascension.

Originally signed by the Cardinals as an international free agent in 2011, Perdomo posted a 4.10 ERA in 316 innings across four different minor league levels; none above High-A. But being a Rule-5 pick, he was thrust into the majors in 2016. Continue reading at Padres Prospectus.

Kaleb Cowart making progress at the plate

In 2010, the Angels spent their first-round draft pick on a talented Georgia-high school product by the name of Kaleb Cowart. A switch-hitting third baseman, Cowart performed as expected in the lower levels of the minor leagues, but his production fell off dramatically after a promotion to Double-A in 2013.

After two rough years at that level, Cowart was demoted back down to High-A Inland Empire, which is when he altered his swing and improved his results. And when a vacancy at the hot corner opened in Triple-A Salt Lake, the Angels called upon Cowart.

He proceeded to post the best numbers of his professional career in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, resulting in his first major league call-up in the second half of 2015. But he was overmatched by big-league pitching, posting a miserable .174/.255/.283 line in 52 plate appearances.

In 2016, he again produced in Triple-A, but when he earned another call to the majors, he was even worse than the year prior; he hit just .176 with a .446 OPS and failed to draw a single walk in 87 plate appearances.

But with the Angels searching for production from the second base position, Cowart was given a chance at a new position this year, and he’s made the most of the opportunity. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Brad Hand: Possible Trade Packages

With last year’s mid-season trades of Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Mark Melancon, the trade-deadline market for elite relievers was set. The large returns the three garnered along with their vital roles in the postseason displayed just how much contending teams value pitchers who can dominate the highest leverage situations.

The trade market for premier relievers isn’t nearly as strong this year as last, but a number of late-inning beasts will still be changing teams prior to July 31st’s deadline, and the Padres possess the best one available. Continue reading at Padres Prosectus.

Dinelson Lamet’s Slider Will Lead Him to Success

In 2014, the Padres signed right-hander Dinelson Lamet out of the Dominican Republic. Although he was never a highly-rated prospect, Lamet posted solid numbers throughout his time in the minor leagues and is now showing an ability to hold his own against major league hitters. Continue reading at Padres Prospectus.

What the Angels need to do to make the postseason

With the conclusion of last Sunday’s games, MLB’s first half officially came to a close. And the Angels, along with most of the American League, are still very much alive in the postseason hunt. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Angels beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers behind solid JC Ramirez outing

He walked five batters and only struck out two in six innings, but JC Ramirez didn’t allow a run, leading the Angels to a 3-0 victory to wrap up the first half of season on a positive note. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Angels lose to Rangers 5-2 as offensive struggles continue

After losing 10-0 to the Rangers in the first game of the series last night, the Angels lost 5-2 tonight to fall to 44-47 on the season. Jesse Chavez started for the Angels and was not particularly effective, allowing three runs on seven hits in just five innings. Tyson Ross, the Rangers’ starter, was better, permitting one run in 5 23 innings.

Texas’ scoring against Chavez came on a first-inning RBI double by Nomar Mazara and an Adrian Beltre two-run shot in the third. After 94 pitches, Chavez was pulled in favor of Blake Parker, who surrendered a two-run home run to rookie Drew Robinson in the sixth.

Wasted opportunities were abound for the Angels in this one. In the first, Cameron Maybin drew a leadoff walk, but he was promptly picked off. In the fourth, the Angels put runners on first and second with two down for Ben Revere, but he grounded out. In the fifth, Nick Franklin was hit by a pitch with one out, which Maybin followed up with another walk, but Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols both popped out to first base. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

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