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Peters 'ready to rock' in any pitching role

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX -- With just over a month until Opening Day, the candidates for the Angels’ starting rotation feature an amalgamation of talent jockeying for position. A familiar face to fans is southpaw Dillon Peters, who started Monday versus Milwaukee in the Halos’ second game of the spring. Demonstrating a heavy

Notes: Fletcher in RF; 'Sharp' Buchter debut

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX -- New season, new number, new … position? David Fletcher has made himself a commodity in Southern California due to his ability to play all over the diamond with the Angels last season, seamlessly acclimating himself to any of his new positions. Now, early on in spring camp --

Maddon: Adell 'not far off' from The Show

@RhettBollinger
February 23, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- New Angels manager Joe Maddon has made it a point to see as many of the organization’s young players as he can this spring and recently watched a live batting practice session featuring top prospect Jo Adell. Maddon couldn’t help but get excited by what he saw

Notes: Barria aggressive in debut; Ohtani throws

@RhettBollinger
February 23, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jaime Barria, who is among the candidates competing for the fifth spot in the Angels' rotation this spring, started off Cactus League play on the right foot, throwing two scoreless innings in a 7-5 win over the Rockies on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Barria allowed

Here are 11 players to keep an eye on this spring

@RichardJustice
February 23, 2020

Now is when it gets fun. For weeks, we’ve projected what this guy or that one will do and the impact he could have on the standings. With spring games underway, we can see those projections begin to take shape. Spring Training isn't about Mike Trout or Christian Yelich. Those

Who might make the Halos' Opening Day roster?

@RhettBollinger
February 12, 2020

ANAHEIM -- The Angels had a busy offseason, making a splash for third baseman Anthony Rendon while filling their needs at starting pitcher and catcher. The Angels have high hopes for 2020, as they're aiming for their first playoff berth since 2014. Here’s a look at how the 26-man roster

Angels Spring Training FAQs, dates to know

@RhettBollinger
February 11, 2020

ANAHEIM -- Angels pitchers and catchers reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Tuesday, with the first workouts for pitchers and catchers set for Wednesday. Angels general manager Billy Eppler and new manager Joe Maddon both said they’re confident with the roster, even after their reported trade with the Dodgers fell

MLB.TV is ready to bring the heat in 2020

@_dadler
February 4, 2020

Can't wait to see Mike Trout crushing baseballs out of Angel Stadium again? Have you been waiting for months for Javier Báez to make new magic on the field? Spending your days imagining how Gerrit Cole will look throwing 99-mph fastballs in Yankees pinstripes? We get it. The 2020 season

1 memorable cult hero from every team

@paul_casella and @mattkellyMLB
February 24, 2020

MLB.com beat reporters recently rolled out a series highlighting one "cult hero" for each franchise. Below is a full roundup of the players who best fit that description for all 30 teams, as well as a link to the full feature for each club.

The best team promotions in MLB this season

@williamfleitch
February 23, 2020

Going to baseball games is fun on its own, without any extra swag added. But if you get a chance to get some swag … you should get some swag. We are as much a sucker for ballpark swag as anyone. We even have our own bobblehead wall. Thus today

It's a girl! Trout, Upton help happy couple

What better place for a gender reveal than in the sunshine of Spring Training?
@MannyOnMLB
February 21, 2020

If you're a couple expecting a child and both of you are big baseball fans, what better place for a gender reveal than in the sunshine of Spring Training?

5 observations from Angels camp

@RhettBollinger
February 21, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels wrapped up their final full-squad workout on Friday in advance of their Cactus League openers on Saturday, when they host the Royals at Tempe Diablo Stadium and travel to Glendale to face the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

Halos' split-squad openers rained out

@RhettBollinger
February 22, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels saw both of their Cactus League openers rained out on Saturday, as they were scheduled to host the Royals at Tempe Diablo Stadium and face the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. The Angels will now host the Royals as part of split-squad action on Friday,

Notes: Ramírez joins camp with improved velo

@RhettBollinger
February 21, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Right-hander JC Ramírez officially joined Angels camp on Friday after signing a Minor League deal, and he said his velocity improved this offseason as he’s now fully recovered from his Tommy John surgery in April 2018. Ramírez pitched just 6 2/3 innings in 2018 before undergoing the

Pujols healthy and strong ahead of 20th season

@RhettBollinger
February 20, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In an effort to keep Albert Pujols healthy, the Angels came up with a plan last season to limit him to playing a maximum of three days in a row at first base. It worked out just as they hoped, as Pujols never missed time with an

Maddon: La Russa 'invaluable' in Angels camp

@RhettBollinger
February 20, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Joe Maddon has underscored the importance of having former players in camp, but has also been leaning on a former skipper as well, as Tony La Russa has been at Spring Training in his role as a special advisor to Angels general manager Billy Eppler.

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

Goodwin wins arb case, ready to compete

@RhettBollinger
February 19, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Brian Goodwin had his arbitration hearing with the Angels on Wednesday and said on Thursday that he’s ready to put it past him despite the inherent difficult nature of arbitration cases. Goodwin won the case and he will be paid a salary of $2.2 million. Goodwin

Moreno, Trout excited for 'boost' from Rendon

@RhettBollinger
February 18, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- As owner Arte Moreno was talking with reporters during his annual informal media session at Spring Training on Monday, he joked that, nearly 15 minutes into the interview, nobody had asked him about Anthony Rendon. It’s clear that Moreno has an affinity for Rendon, who in the

Notes: Maddon welcomes alumni; Ohtani's plan

@RhettBollinger
February 19, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels manager Joe Maddon’s ties with the organization go all the way back to his time as a Minor Leaguer in 1976, so he understands the legacy of the franchise and the importance of bringing former players back to connect with current players and coaches. Maddon, who

Trout on Astros: 'Careers have been affected'

@RhettBollinger
February 17, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels superstar Mike Trout became the latest player to express anger and frustration with the Astros over their electronic sign-stealing. Trout, a three-time AL MVP and eight-time All-Star, has played in the same division as Houston for seven of his nine MLB seasons and was surprisingly candid

Notes: Buchter signs; Fletcher, Trout, Adell

@RhettBollinger
February 18, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels signed left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter to a Minor League deal and he arrived at camp as a non-roster invitee on Tuesday. Buchter, 33, has strong career numbers, posting a 2.86 ERA with 235 strikeouts in 214 innings in parts of five seasons with the Braves,

Breakout candidates for every club in 2020

@williamfleitch
February 19, 2020

No matter how many free agents you sign or big trades you make, the best way for any team to improve immediately is to have breakthrough seasons from their young players, that season in which it all comes together for them ... that season they make the leap. We saw

Opening Day lineup, rotation, closer predictions

35 minutes ago

Gerrit Cole will be in Yankees pinstripes. Anthony Rendon joins Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in Anaheim. The Reds have added three new hitters to their lineup. Madison Bumgarner is no longer a Giant. There have been many seismic changes around baseball this offseason, and with pitchers and catchers getting