Angels Insiders: Nate Smith, Angels Movie Stars, Birthday Pranks

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The 2016 Futures Game was held Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego, and the Angels had their top pitching prospect on hand to show off his talents. Nate Smith, the 24-year old lefty from Ohio and alumni at Furman University in South Carolina, took the mound for Team USA in the sixth inning. He threw one frame, but in the process allowed 2 earned runs on 4 hits.

The results were not quite there, but then again he wasn’t the only one. The World Futures blew out the US Futures by the score of 11-3. However, Nate did get a strikeout. And that came in the form of Boston Red Sox organization’s most prized young talent: Yoan Moncada.

Smith, a finesse pitcher, made no secret of the fact that he has good stuff that has been overlooked due to the media craze that is to bash the Angels’ minor league system. Not that there is any real high impact talent down there, but Smith could be yet another piece the club brings up that makes everyone around Major League Baseball turn and scratch their heads… Again.

Mike Napoli, Mark Trumbo, Kole Calhoun, and Matt Shoemaker make this list. Hopefully soon we can add Nate Smith. He already has fans…


And now for some fun stuff around the Big A!

  • On the latest edition of Gubbie Tuesdays, Mark asks several players which movies they think their teammates would star in.

And we conclude with a birthday wish for Johnny Giavotella!