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Inbox: Is Maldonado going to win a Gold Glove?

Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers fans' questions
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Is Martin Maldonado the Gold Glove Award winner in the American League at catcher?
@Crudemeisters via Twitter

I think he'll definitely be in the conversation. Maldonado ranks second among AL catchers with three defensive runs saved this season, behind only the Twins' Jason Castro (seven). He has thrown out 10 of 26 basestealers for a caught-stealing percentage of 38 percent, which is tied for ninth in the AL.

Is Martin Maldonado the Gold Glove Award winner in the American League at catcher?
@Crudemeisters via Twitter

I think he'll definitely be in the conversation. Maldonado ranks second among AL catchers with three defensive runs saved this season, behind only the Twins' Jason Castro (seven). He has thrown out 10 of 26 basestealers for a caught-stealing percentage of 38 percent, which is tied for ninth in the AL.

But he's arguably produced his greatest defensive value for the Angels in the realm of pitch framing. According to Baseball Prospectus, Maldonado has tallied the fourth-most framing runs (5.7) in the Majors, trailing only the Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal (7.9), the Padres' Austin Hedges (6.3) and the Braves' Tyler Flowers (6.2).

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"One guy I think is out-catching everybody in baseball that we've seen is Martin Maldonado," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said recently. "He's having a terrific run. He's been a big reason why you've seen a pitching staff that everyone says is doing a great job -- which we feel they are. You're seeing them achieve, I think, with his input, too, being a big part of that."

Will Bud Norris continue to close games when Cam Bedrosian returns?
@akallday22 via Twitter

It'll be an interesting call. I don't think the Angels will immediately move Norris from the ninth-inning spot when Bedrosian or Huston Street return, because Norris has handled closing duties well in their absence and deserves a chance to keep his role. But I think the increased back-end depth will mean that Norris will have a shorter leash as the closer. If he starts to struggle and others are pitching well, I think the Angels won't hesitate to make a change.

With Mike Trout out for an extended period of time, do the Angels become sellers this year?
@HymesTheGreat via Twitter

The Angels were long shots for the postseason even before Trout suffered a torn UCL in his left thumb, so it's hard to envision them staying competitive without the reigning AL MVP Award winner in their lineup for six to eight weeks. Entering Monday, the Angels were second in the AL West with a 29-31 mark, but they trail the Astros by a whopping 13 1/2 games. The Angels' only realistic path to the postseason seems to be through a Wild Card berth, and if that's out of reach in late July, I think it would behoove the Angels to sell in order to help add some talent to their relatively barren farm system.

The Halos don't have too many attractive trade chips, but Norris, Yunel Escobar and Cameron Maybin (assuming he's healthy) are some players who could attract outside interest at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Video: LAA@TB: Maybin leads off the game with a homer

What position are the Angels looking at in the Draft?
@ShuebBaafe2 via Twitter

As cliché as it sounds, I think the Angels will target the best available talent with the No. 10 selection in next Monday's Draft. According to MLBPipeline.com, the Angels have been consistently linked to outfielder Jo Adell out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., though they've also shown interest in Florida right-hander Alex Faedo, Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley, Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger and Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith, among others.

Any word on Hutton Moyer and his status?
@sleagueneck via Twitter

Moyer, the son of former Major League left-hander Jamie Moyer, is currently batting .207 with a .561 OPS in 24 games with the Angels' Double-A affiliate in Mobile. The 24-year-old second baseman was the Halos' seventh-round pick in the 2015 Draft out of Pepperdine University.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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