Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:16:27 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols said he's not worried about defensive shifts against him. In 2014, defenses shifted him to pull 224 times, which was the most of any other right-handed hitter in the league. "They think they're screwing with your mind, but actually it's worse because they're telling you how they're going to pitch to you," Pujols said. "So actually it's the opposite. It's helping a hitter to know how they're going to pitch to you." Pujols' ability to go the opposite way is increased now that his right quadriceps is stronger after he had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November of 2012. He had 34 hits to right field last year, his second highest total since 2008.
Fantasy Tip: Pujols will come off the board after the elite first base options are gone. At age 35, Pujols is no longer a machine, and he carries an element of risk surrounding his health. However, the fact that he was able to play 159 games in 2014 is a good sign and should make you comfortable that he can still be serviceable as a starting fantasy first baseman.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:40:24 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton isn't expected to have a suspension announced Friday, Feb. 27, so the team might have to wait until Monday, March 2, at the earliest. Hamilton met with MLB officials Wednesday, Feb. 25, regarding a drug-related relapse that he had in the offseason. Hamilton likely wouldn't be treated as a first-time offender if he violated the Joint Drug Agreement because he was on the Tampa Bay Rays' 40-man roster when he failed his first drug test in 2003. He could be facing a suspension from 25-50 games on a second positive test.
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's 2015 fantasy baseball value is quickly plummeting. Not only do you have to worry about a suspension, but he's not expected to be back for a few months because of offseason shoulder surgery. He may still be worth a late-round pick for outfield depth, but tread carefully.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:51:18 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's fantasy value continues to plummet due to decline, injury and now this. It's possible you could draft him in the lower third of your draft right now. He still has talent to justify a selection in the middle rounds as an OF4 type.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:41:39 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Matt Joyce will work extensively against left-handed pitching during spring training, according to hitting coach Don Baylor. Joyce is expected to receive ample at-bats against lefties in games but will also be scheduled for extra work in the cage and against the breaking-ball machine. "I don't want him looking over his shoulder every time a lefty comes in, thinking he's going to get pinch-hit for," Baylor said. "I'm trying to get him out of that mentality. He's on a new ballclub now."
Fantasy Tip: There is an opening for everyday at-bats for Joyce with Josh Hamilton's status up in the air. Joyce has only 323 career at-bats against left-handed pitching, though, so monitoring his progress this spring is advised. From 2011 to 2013 Joyce averaged 18 home runs per season in a platoon role, so there is upside in mixed leagues, especially if Joyce responds well this spring and earns the starting left field job.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:20:22 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards (knee) threw 50 pitches, including offspeed pitches, from the stretch and windup Thursday, Feb. 26, which marked a big step for him. He will repeat the process Sunday, March 1.
Fantasy Tip: Richards continues to be adamant that he'll be ready to go for opening day, but the Angels are likely to play it cautious with him to start the season. Richards appears to be making great progress this spring, though, so there's a chance he could make his debut in mid-April if he avoids a setback. Given the strides made before being injured last year, Richards seems like a fine late middle-rounds gamble.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:38:16 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton may need to retire from baseball. Roy Silver, one of Hamilton's closest friends and mentor in Hamilton's struggles with addiction, said the best thing for Hamilton is to retire from the sport. Silver last spoke with Hamilton in December, and his friend feared that something wasn't right and that Hamilton may have suffered a relapse.
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton's addiction problems have come to the forefront again while he's dealing with a shoulder injury that could keep him out a few months into the 2015 season. His fantasy value has taken a steep tumble because of it all, making him a very risky selection even at the end of mixed league drafts now.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:20:08 -0800
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse, and he met with MLB officials Wednesday, Feb. 25, about a disciplinary issue, according to a source. Hamilton told the league about his relapse, and Hamilton's father-in-law said Hamilton "hit a bump in the road, keep him in your prayers." Hamilton is facing a possible suspension. He had surgery earlier this month and wasn't slated to return until May. According to the agreement he made during his minor league suspension from 2003 to 2005, his drug violations can be taken into account in any discipline he might receive from the league.
Fantasy Tip: On top of his shoulder injury, a looming suspension doesn't bode well at all for Hamilton's fantasy value. There's a chance he may not even play at all in 2015. That'll likely drop him to a late-round pick, at best, in standard leagues. Matt Joyce's value should see a nice bump as a result.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:59:29 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Richards broke out in a serious way last season and is worth consideration for your SP3 spot if he begins the season on time.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:13:47 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton is facing a suspension, although the length and penalty is still to be determined. He has had a problem with drugs in the past, but he has never officially been suspended by Major League Baseball. Hamilton would be put into the league's substance abuse program as a first-time offender. The most important thing is Hamilton's health and well being. On a lesser note, his fantasy appeal will take a big hit if he is suspended for any length of time. Rumors are that he might be facing a penalty similar to usage of PEDs.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:01:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Expect Hamilton's fantasy stock to continue to fall, but until there is an official announcement on the specifics of the situation and the outcome, it is tough to realistically gauge it. He is already set to miss time with a shoulder injury. So proceed with caution in drafts.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:55:38 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hamilton was already expected to miss the first month of the season as he rehabs his shoulder, but could miss more time if he is facing a suspension. Owners should monitor the situation, but Hamilton likely will continue to fall down draft boards in mixed leagues.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:24:38 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout finished with a .287 batting average in 2014 after hitting .326 and .323 in his first two seasons, and he plans to address some of his flaws in the cages with hitting coach Don Baylor this spring. Trout led the American League in strikeouts with 184 K's last year, and he said a failure to get his foot down in time was a big culprit. "Plain and simple, I was chasing the high pitch," Trout said. "Everybody knows that. The majority of the time, they were balls. Obviously you don't want to strike out. I'd like to put the ball in play and let my legs help me get a few more hits."
Fantasy Tip: An MVP player that goes into the offseason with something to prove is a scary thing. Trout is the unquestioned first overall pick in fantasy baseball for a reason, even though his numbers dipped slightly last year.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:17:45 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Trout is a top 10 player universally whether he returns to his 40-steal form or not.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:44:28 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The lineup is slowly falling into place for the Angels, who have a formidable lineup at the job with OF Kole Calhoun likely leading off. Trout will likely go at the top of many fantasy leagues, and Joyce's status could be fairly strong in leagues if his bat looks good this spring.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:57:16 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Andrew Heaney believes his struggles in the majors last season prepared him for spring training and battling for a rotation spot. "It helped a lot," Heaney said. "I'm always going to be grateful for getting that opportunity to be able to go up there and experience it and face those kind of hitters and get kind of picked on a little bit."
Fantasy Tip: The key acquisition in the deal sending Howie Kendrick from the Angels, Heaney posted a 2.69 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 3.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his minor league career. He'll have competition, but a strong spring should cement his spot in the team's rotation. Currently, he is a late-round flier in drafts, but his stock could rise in a hurry with an excellent showing during spring training.
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