What’s expected from C.J. Cron, going forward? Will the Angels add starters? Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers these and more in the latest Inbox.
Angels catching prospect Taylor Ward was removed from the Arizona Fall League’s Scottsdale Scorpions roster earlier this week with a right shoulder impingement, general manager Billy Eppler said Thursday.
Jonathan Mayo checks in on the Angels’ Arizona Fall League participants, led by first base prospect Matt Thaiss.
Coming out of Spring Training, the Angels had three relievers on their roster who they thought would be capable of pitching multiple innings: Yusmeiro Petit, JC Ramirez and Bud Norris. But injuries soon forced them to reallocate those arms.
No Major League catcher shouldered as heavy a workload this regular season as Angels backstop Martin Maldonado. In his first full season as a starter, Maldonado led the Majors with 137 games caught, the most by an Angels catcher since Bob Boone’s 144 in 1986.
The Angels will have several holes to fill as they look ahead to the 2018 season, though one stands out to manager Mike Scioscia more than others.
Jaime Barria’s steep rise from Class-A Advanced Inland Empire to Triple-A Salt Lake this season cemented his status as one of the brightest pitching talents in the Angels’ improving farm system. His stock was further validated after he was named the organization’s Pitching Prospect of the Year by MLBPipeline.com for the second consecutive year.
Hitting coach Dave Hansen will not return for the 2018 season, the Angels announced on Wednesday.
Several members of the Angels 2017 Draft class are in Arizona participating in Instructional League, including each of the club’s first four selections. Most notably first-rounder Jo Adell and second-rounder Griffin Canning, the Angels No. 1 and No. 4 prospects, are present and building toward the future.
Mike Scioscia will return to manage the Angels in 2018, but his future with the organization is unclear beyond that.
The Angels’ greatest source of optimism heading into 2018 centers around a starting rotation that is projected to be healthier and deeper than it has been over the last two seasons.
The Angels fell short of their goal of clinching an American League Wild Card berth and ended up finishing with a second consecutive losing season, but 2017 still carried several bright spots that the club hopes will position it for more success in the near future.