Welcome to the LA Angels Insider 2016 Draft Tracker. All picks are listed by round, with schools included. We will be updating this post as each player is signed, or opts not to sign. Here are the latest results:
1 (16th overall) — Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia
2 — Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford (Georgia) HS
3 — Nonie Williams, SS, Home-schooled (Kan.)
4 — Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Monsignor Edward Pace HS (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
5 — Connor Justus, SS, Georgia Tech
6 — Cole Duensing, RHP, Blue Valley Northwest HS (Overland Park, Kan.)
7 — Jordan Zimmerman, 2B, Michigan State
8 — Troy Montgomery, CF, Ohio State
9 — Michael Barash, C, Texas A&M
10 — Andrew Vinson, RHP, Texas A&M
11 — Brennon Lund, CF, BYU
12 — Bo Tucker, LHP, Georgia
13 — Anthony Molina, RHP, West Broward HS (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
14 — Francisco Del Valle, OF, Puerto Rico BB Academy (Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)
15 — Mike Kaelin, RHP, Buffalo
16 — Keith Grieshaber, SS, Jefferson
17 — Zach Gibbons, OF, Arizona
18 — David Oppenheim, LF, Southern Cal
19 — Cody Ramer, SS, Arizona
20 — Jack Kruger, C, Mississippi State
21 — LJ Kalawaia, RF, UNC Greensboro
22 — Troy Rallings, RHP, Washington
23 — Torii Hunter, CF, Notre Dame
24 — Brennan Morgan, C, Kennesaw State
25 — Cameron Williams, OF, Howard
26 — Derek Jenkins, CF, Seton Hall
27 — Gregory Belton, RHP, Sam Houston State
28 — David Hamilton, SS, San Marcos (Texas) HS
29 — Blake Smith, RHP, West Virginia
30 — Robbie Peto, RHP, Monroe Township (NJ) HS
31 — Johnny Morell, RHP, Basha HS (Chandler, Ariz.)
32 — Doug Willey, RHP, Arkansas
33 — Justin Kelly, LHP, UC Santa Barbara
34 — Justin Nielsen, LHP, Illinois
35 — Sean Issac, RHP, Vanguard
36 — Jose Rojas, SS, Vanguard
37 — John Schuknecht, RF, Cal Poly
38 — Tyler Bates, CF, East Texas Baptist
39 — Richard Fecteau, 2B, Salem State
40 — Brad Anderson, 1B, Pepperdine
LA Angels Insider will be updating this post as new draftees sign with the club.
The time has come! Tim Linceum is an Angel and he will be inserted into the starting rotation on Saturday against the Oakland A’s. We’ve been waiting a couple months for this to happen.
Although Timmy is about a week late making his debut, he’s definitely ready. After a shaky outing in which he gave up four earned runs in five innings, birthday boy (yes, he just turned 32 on Thursday) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in his final start for the Salt Lake Bees!
If the former multiple Cy Young Award winner can give the Halos at least an ERA in high 3.00’s, we at LA Angels Insider will be happy. Not only that, this could be a great opportunity to get a revived frontline starting pitcher back into the rotation.
Because although it could be too late for this season, this could serve as an audition for an extension to help regroup for 2017, a big trade for prospects at the trade deadline, or a bigger contract with another team this offseason. Who knows? But as of right now, this is exciting!
Here’s more on the arrival of The Freak!
— Chuck Richter (@ChuckRichter70) June 17, 2016
We will be adding more videos as we find them! GO ANGELS!
Surkamp has struggled mightly this season, finding himself bouncing to and from Triple-A on multiple occasions this season. In 8 big league starts he’s had trouble both going deep into games and avoiding big innings, and has given up 7 home runs in his 8 starts. While he was able to post a quality start against the Angels on Sunday giving up just the 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings, he was on the wrong end of Jered Weaver‘s complete game gem and he and the A’s took the 2-0 loss.
Weaver has certainly struggled with inconsistency and fastball velocity all season, but he’s coming off his best start since his no-hitter in 2012. That start was Sunday in Oakland against Surkamp and the A’s and he tossed a complete game 3-hitter to take the victory in a game the Angels won 2-0.
After a troubling start to his season, Shoemaker has been able to turn things around and is in the midst of one of the more dominant runs of his career. Over his last 6 starts he’s pitched to a 1.83 ERA, but unfortunately the team has given him more than 2 runs of support only twice during that span, so he is 2-4 during the span. His last start Friday in Oakland was another beauty as he held the A’s to 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings, but took a no-decision as the Angels dropped the game 3-2.
While McCullers has had an up & down season, he’s pitched well at home. He is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 4 starts at Minute Maid Park this season. His last start Friday against Cincinnati was another good one at home as he held the Reds to 2 runs on 8 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision as the Astros dropped the game 4-2.
Santiago’s up & down season continues this evening in Houston as he’s posted a 6.86 over 9 starts in the months of May and June. Hector is coming off a strong showing against Minnesota as he held the Twins to 1 run on 2 hits in 6 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 10-2, but in the start before that he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits in just 1 1/3 innings. The Angels will hope for the good Hector tonight.
McHugh was a 19-game winner in 2015, but much like Santiago, he has struggled to find consistency this season. His season has been a series of mediocre starts with some brilliant ones mixed in. His last outing Wednesday in St. Louis falls into the brilliant category, as he held the Cards to just 1 run on 7 hits in 6 2/3 innings, but he took a no-decision in a game the Astros won late 4-1.
Chacin has made 7 starts since coming over from Atlanta and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA for the Angels so far. The month of June has been particularly unkind as he’s posted a 7.04 ERA so far in the month. His last start was Tuesday against the Twins and in that game he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings, but still earned the victory in a game the Angels won 5-4.
Fister seems to be enjoying his return to the AL as the Astros have won the last 9 games he has started. He is also 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA so far in June, which is 4th best in the AL for the month. In his last start in St. Louis he held the Cardinals to 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 1/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Astros won 5-2.
Welcome to the LA Angels Insider ‘Halo Waiver Wire’, which is located within the Eppler’s Domain category. Here we will be listing daily Angels transactions for the 2016 regular season. Major transactions will be analyzed in separate articles. This will be a running post that will last throughout the end of the season. So let’s start with what’s been happening lately:
Andrelton Simmons has been activated off the DL and inserted in the lineup, batting ninth and playing shortstop. Brendan Ryan DFA'd again.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 15, 2016
The Angels recalled Al Alburquerque and A.J. Achter, designated David Huff for assignment, and placed Cory Rasmus back on the 15-day DL.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 13, 2016
Welcome to the LA Angels Insider Injury Tracker! Here we will have updates on injured Angels players. This will be running post that will last throughout the 2016 regular season. Here are the latest reports:
Andrelton Simmons is Andrelton Simmonsing again.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 16, 2016