Scioscia On Trout’s Progress

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2017 Game 86: Mariners at Angels

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Angels Release Michael Bourn

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The Angels outfield depth chart has been getting crowded with Eric Young, Jr. finding new life in his role with the club. The presence of Ben Revere doesn’t help either. Then there’s the upcoming return of Mike Trout.

It was inevitable that Bourn was going to move on after just a month with AAA Salt Lake, where he was hitting .260/.317/.365. Many of us forgot that he was even with the Halos.

But one has to wonder if the team would’ve gotten better production than Revere if they had their hands on Bourn first? As long as EY is cruising, we’ll take what we have in that spot.

Angels Acquire Nick Franklin

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Super-utility man Nick Franklin, 26, was hitting .195/.268/.317 when he was designated for assignment earlier this week by the Milwaukee Brewers. Not exactly a dazzling star line. The former 2009 first round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners (two picks after Mike Trout) was acquired by the Angels on Thursday from the Brew Crew for a player to be named later or cash. He added to the club’s 25-man roster on Friday. Jefry Marte was sent down.

The reasoning behind this is unclear. However, one can argue that something else may be in the works. And considering Franklin’s age, it could also be another Chone Figgins/Maicer Izturis-type move where they get a young, versatile player who may or may not be able to play everyday, but will assigned a more specific role and perhaps that will help Franklin utilize his skills better.

There is reason to believe that can happen, as the switch-hitter slashed .270/.328/.443 last season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 60 games. For whatever reason, the Rays DFA’d him and he moved on to Milwaukee. Now he’s in Anaheim with three years of arbitration still ahead of him.

This could mean Danny Espinosa‘s days are numbered. It could also be a sign of a looming trade. A Cliff Pennington/Nick Franklin platoon would actually be an upgrade at second base this point.

Whatever the case, this is another one of those Halos moves where they take on a failed prospect who is still young and find a way to maximize their value based on their ability at the Major League level, and how they mesh with the organizational philosophy. This is something the Angels are famous around the industry for under Mike Scioscia‘s tenure. The only question is whether this one will work or not. We’ll see!

Angels Celebrate #Pujols600

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2017 Game 85: Mariners at Angels

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Game Notes: Pujols, Norris, Franklin

2017 Freeway Series Game 1: Angels at Dodgers

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From the Clubhouse


2017 Game 79: Angels at Red Sox

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From the Clubhouse


2017 Game 78: Angels at Red Sox

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From the Clubhouse

Eppler’s Domain: Cron, Paredes, Fister

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The Angels‘ bullpen is taxed from a lot of work taking two out of three in New York. So the club called up right-handed reliever Eduardo Paredes from AAA Salt Lake. Here’s what we know about this kid, along with other moves.

  • Paredes, 22, is possibly another hidden weapon the Halos have stashed. The Venezuelan-born hurler is their 15th best prospect in what is supposed to be a weak minor league system. He owns a career 2.56 ERA in the minors, along with a 10.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and a 1.124 WHIP.
  • The only reason Paredes is ranked that low is because he’s a reliever.
  • The corresponding move was to send C.J. Cron back to AAA. It might be time to make a deal if that’s even possible. The Angels probably should’ve traded him and Carlos Perez for pitching when they had the chance.
  • Doug Fister was also claimed by the Red Sox and will start Sunday against the Halos and Parker Bridwell, who was Fister’s replacement.