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Angels | Albert Pujols not worried about shift

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez


Angels | Word on Josh Hamilton may come next week

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.

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Angels | Josh Hamilton out at least 25 games

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:51:18 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is likely to be suspended at least 25 games for breaching the league's drug policy. However, the league is unlikely to suspend him for a full season.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi


Angels | Matt Joyce set to remove platoon label?

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Anthony Castrovince


Angels | Garrett Richards throws off mound

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.

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Angels | Retirement an option for Josh Hamilton?

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Sports - Bob Nightengale


Angels | Josh Hamilton had relapse

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: New York Daily News - Bill Madden


Angels | Garrett Richards to throw Thursday

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:59:29 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards (knee) will throw 50 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday, Feb. 26. He has been throwing breaking balls on flat ground but not off a mound yet.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Orange County Register - Jeff Fletcher


Angels | Josh Hamilton facing suspension

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:13:47 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse involving at least cocaine a couple of months back. Hamilton has confessed to the relapse.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman


Angels | Josh Hamilton facing stern penalty?

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:01:20 -0800

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton's discipline issue is more severe than a performance-enhancing drug infringement, according to sources.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Angels | Josh Hamilton meeting with MLB

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:55:38 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue Wednesday, Feb. 25, and the Angels are bracing for possible penalties.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovanna


Angels | Mike Trout has flaws?

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick


Angels | Mike Trout wants to run more

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:17:45 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout said two of his biggest goals for 2015 are to increase his stolen bases and reduce his strikeouts.

Fantasy Tip: Trout is a top 10 player universally whether he returns to his 40-steal form or not.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Los Angeles Times - Mike DiGiovanna


Angels | Mike Trout could be third in lineup

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:44:28 -0800

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout will likely bat third in the lineup, between OF Matt Joyce and 1B Albert Pujols.

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Alden Gonzalez


Angels | Andrew Heaney declares himself ready

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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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Player News

Abruzzo Jared C
Aldridge Ryan P
Alliman Terrell OF
Alvarez Jose SP
Arenas Orangel P
Armstrong Cole C
Auer Tyson OF
Austen David P
Aybar Erick SS
Bailey Dwayne INF
Baldoquin Roberto SS
Bedrosian Cam RP
Billo Greg RP
Blanco Josh P
Bland Nathan P
Bolden Ryan OF
Boman Nate P
Bonilla Henry P
Borderick Brian P
Brady Michael RP
Brandt Doug P
Brasier Ryan RP
Braun Ryan Z. RP
Brewer Tadd INF
Brooks Beau C
Broshers Buddy RP
Butera Drew C
Calderon Leonardo P
Calhoun Kole OF
Castillo Angel OF
Cayones Exicardo OF
Chaffee Ryan P
Chile Eduardo P
Cisco Michael P
Concepcion Julio OF
Cook Aaron X. P
Cordero Chad RP
Cordova Francisco P
Cowart Kaleb 3B
Cowgill Collin OF
Crawford Matt OF
Cron C.J. 1B
Davidson Dan P
De La Rosa Anderson C
De Los Santos Anel C
Deeds Doug OF
Del Chiaro Brent C
Delaney Robert RP
Deloizaga-Carney Frederic P
Dinga Milan P
Douglas Jamie P
Duff Tim C
Duncan Carlos OF
Edens Kyle P
Edwards Bill P
Emanuel Dennis P
Esslinger Cam RP
Eylward Mike INF
Featherston Taylor SS
Ferguson Kevin P
Fischer Rich P
Fonseca Alex INF
Freese David 3B
Fuller Clay OF
Giavotella Johnny 2B
Goins Blake P
Gomez Hector SS
Gorneault Nick OF
Gott Trevor P
Green Grant 2B
Green Hunter P
Gretzky Trevor OF
Groth Ryan OF
Grube Jarrett SP
Hall Bill 2B
Hamilton Josh OF
Hankerd Cyle 1B
Hatcher Kenneth P
Haynes Jeremy P
Heaney Andrew SP
Heaverlo Jeff P
Herrmann Frank RP
Hill Jeremy P
Holler Blake P
Howell Chris P
Hudson Kyle OF
Hurst Kyle P
Hyatt Nate RP
Hynick Brandon P
Iannetta Chris C
Ibarra Edgar RP
Jang Pil Joon P
Jelinas Karl P
Jimenez Jose C
Jimenez Luis 3B
Johnson Brent C
Johnson Gary OF
Johnson Michael C
Johnson Tyler L. OF
Jolly Luis OF
Joyce Matt OF
Jung Young-Il P
Junge Eric RP
Kenney Mike P
Kiely Timothy P
Kieschnick Roger OF
Komatsu Erik OF
Krauss Marc OF
Kubitza Kyle 3B
Lawrence Brian SP
Layman Billy P
Leahy Ryan INF
LeBlanc Joshua 2B
Lee Corey RP
Lerew Anthony SP
Lindstrom Matt RP
Lopez Baltazar 1B
Lopez Roberto OF
Malm Jeff 1B
Mann Gregory OF
Marte Alfredo OF
Martinez Brett C
Martinez Joe P
Mateo Juan P
Mattheus Ryan RP
McAnulty Paul 1B
McBryde Jeremy P
McDowell Dontavious OF
Meade Aaron P
Melillo Kevin 2B
Mesa Renedin P
Meyer Matt RP
Middlebrook Jason P
Mizuo Yoshitaka RP
Monster Mike P
Montanez Lou OF
Montilla Angel OF
Morin Mike RP
Mosebach Robert P
Mount Ryan SS
Mutter Casey P
Myers Corey C
Navarro Efren INF
Newcomb Sean P
Nieve Fernando RP
Ortega Anthony RP
Pardo Braulio C
Patchett Gary SS
Pavkovich Adam INF
Peel Aaron OF
Pellegrine David P
Pena Tony RP
Perez Carlos E. C
Pestano Vinnie RP
Pride Curtis OF
Pujols Albert 1B
Ramos Cesar RP
Rasmus Cory RP
Reinhardt Doug 3B
Remole Clifton 1B
Reynolds Daniel P
Richards Garrett SP
Richardson Dustin RP
Richardson Kevin C
Roberts Nick P
Robertson Daniel OF
Rodriguez Luis SS
Rodriguez Rich RP
Roland Eric INF
Rouwenhorst Jon P
Rucinski Drew P
Ruiz Pedro 2B
Rutledge Josh 2B
Salas Fernando RP
Sanabia Alex SP
Santiago Hector SP
Santiago Yancarlos P
Schoeninger Timothy P
Scholl Christian P
Seibel Phil RP
Severino Atahualpa P
Shankle Robert 3B
Shoemaker Matt SP
Sisk Brandon P
Skaggs Tyler SP
Smith Joe RP
Sneed James OF
Sneed Kramer P
Snodgress Scott P
Specht Brian INF
Stamets Eric SS
Stertzbach Von P
Stewart Zach SP
Street Huston RP
Sutton Nate 2B
Sweeney Michael P
Swift Jimmy SS
Thomas Justin P
Thorne Jeremy P
Tillman Daniel P
Toribio Roberto P
Tropeano Nick P
Trout Mike OF
Watson Mark P
Weaver Jered SP
Wheeler Ryan 3B
Widlansky Robert 1B
Wilk Adam SP
Williams Jackson C
Wilson C.J. SP
Woods Ryan P
Woody Dominic P
Young Kirby INF
Younger Adam INF
Zamora Pete P
Zimmerman Bob P

Baylor Don TO
Bogar Tim TO
Butcher Mike PC
Dipoto Jerry GM
DiSarcina Gary TO
Ebel Dino TO
Eckstein Rick TO
Hampton Mike TO
Hansen Dave TO
Klentak Matt TO
LaCassa Mike TO
Reagins Tony TO
Scioscia Mike MAN
Servais Scott TO
Soliz Steve TO
Stoneman Bill TO
Strangio Jonathan TO

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