Chad Stewart

2017 Angels season preview: The path to the World Series

Last year, we watched the Angels stumble their way to 74 wins as just about everything went wrong. However, a new season is on the horizon, and the Angels, armed with a new-look roster, are ready to put 2016 behind them.

They’ve had a rough couple of years in terms of luck, but 2017 is the year everything goes right, and the Angels find themselves with the World Series trophy in hand at year’s end. And when I say everything is going to go right, I do mean everything. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Over/Unders Part III: American League West

A few weeks ago, Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey started reviewing USA Today’s 2017 MLB projected win totals and discussing over/unders for each team. Today, they tackle the American League West. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.

Cam Bedrosian is the hero the Angels need right now

Possessing a fastball that sits in the mid-90s, Cam Bedrosian, son of 1987 Cy Young Award-winning closer Steve Bedrosian, was drafted by the Angels with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 draft and was immediately touted as a future late-inning reliever. He struggled initially, but Bedrosian finally found his groove in the majors last season and may be exactly what the Angels’ bullpen needs to help make the team competitive in 2017. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

2017 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The 2016 Angels were a team riddled with injuries. Some of their best pitchers went down for nearly the entire season while some of the best position players suffered more minor injuries that caused them to spend significant time on the mend. Now, many teams would have been able to get past these injuries and remain competitive, but the Angels simply lacked the depth to do that, and they went on to win 74 games, their fewest since the turn of the century.

So second-year GM Billy Eppler had a tough task in front of him. He needed to find a way to make a team seemingly stuck in the middle competitive again with neither much money to spend nor a deep farm system to deal from. How did he do, you ask? Well, that’s why I’m here. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.

Over/Unders Part II: American League Central

Last week, Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey began their journey to discuss the over/unders on all of the USA Today 2017 MLB projected win totals. This week they continue with the American League Central. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.

Over/Unders Part I: American League East

USA Today came out with its projected final standings for 2017 last week, which naturally demanded a team-by-team assessment of these lines. Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey decided to do just this, deciding whether they would allocate their (imaginary) funds into the over or the under for each team. This is Part I of the series, in which they look at the American League East. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.

Mike Trout keeps finding ways to challenge himself

By both measures of Wins Above Replacement, Mike Trout is the best player through his age-24 season ever. Better than Ruth, Cobb, Mantle, Williams. All of them.

Despite that, however, he has made it a bit of an annual tradition to pinpoint a specific area of his game that he thinks needs improvement before each season and hone in on it during the coming season. This year, for instance, he has his sights set on stealing 40 bases for the first time since his rookie year in 2012.

Can he do it? Of course he can. Will he? Well, let’s take a look back at each of his previous preseason goals and see how he fared. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Who are these former top prospects the Angels keep signing?

If there’s one thing Billy Eppler loves more than a good defender, it’s a former top prospect. Five of the players he has signed to minor league deals over the last few months come with that label, and he’ll probably sign another one by the time you read this.

I’m not sure what his fascination with these guys is, but it’s become so routine that I’ve just come to expect a headline like, “Angels sign former top prospect [insert name here] to minor league deal,” every so often. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

Sifting through the bargain bin in search of further roster upgrades

The Angels have already improved their team considerably this winter, and they’ve done so while spending very little in terms of money and players and without handing out any long-term contracts. However, their roster is not yet entirely complete, and there just so happens to be quite a few players still available who could improve the team in various areas. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.

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