Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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By Adrian Noche, AngelsWin.com Minor League Reporter - 

1.) Nate Smith, Starting Pitcher, Arkansas Travelers
Last two starts: 1-0  13.0 IP  3.00 ERA  9 H  3 BB  16 SO  0.92 WHIP
Overall: 8-4  101.2 IP  2.48 ERA  82 H  28 BB  81 SO  1.08 WHIP  .216 BAA

Nate Smith carried his brilliance over from the Pan-Am games right back to the Arkansas Travelers. Smith earned two wins during his time pitching representing Team USA. Smith was victorious over Cuba, allowing just one hit in six innings pitched with 2 runs allowed and 6 strikeouts. He was also victorious over Canada, allowing just 1 run in 5.2 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts (U.S. Pan-Am record). In two starts back with Arkansas, Smith has only allowed a single earned run in 13.0 innings pitched with 9 hits and 3 walks allowed with 10 strikeouts. Smith’s season ERA is down to 2.48 with a WHIP of 1.08.

2.) Kaleb Cowart, Third Baseman, Salt Lake Bees
Past 10 games: .368 AVG  14 H  5 Doubles  0 Triple  0 HR  1 SB
Overall: .288/.367.447

It’s 49 games since Cowart’s promotion to Triple-A and he has refused to cool off. Cowart is batting .368 in his past 10 games with 5 doubles. Kaleb Cowart’s slash line at Salt Lake now stands at .345/.417/.524 and his season line is up to .288/.367.447. 

3.) David Fletcher, Shortstop, Burlington Bees
Past 10 games: .364 AVG  16 H  2 Doubles  2 Triples  0 HR  3 SB
Overall: .337/.395/.457

After a strong start in Orem, David Fletcher was promoted to Low-A Burlington Bees on July 28th. The 6th round draft pick of the 2015 draft was batting .336 with 12 doubles, 3 triples and a 14:8 BB:SO ratio in Orem before his promotion. Now, Fletcher is 9-for-26 (.346) with1 double, 1 triple and 3 walks to 2 strikeouts in 6 games with the Burlington Bees.

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Triple-A Salt-Lake Bees

The Bees went 3-5 since last week and have an overall record of 44-66 (16.5 GB). Nick Tropeano was solid in his return to the Bees on the 29th, allowing just 3 earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched. Jett Bandy’s bat is starting to heat up again, with a .417 batting average in his last 10 games with 1 double and 1 home run. Kyle Kubitza hit his 6th home run of the season on Sunday.

Double-A Arkansas Travelers

The Travelers are 6-2 since last week and currently sit in first place with a second-half record of 22-16. Sean Newcomb made his Double-A debut on Sunday, striking out 5 in 5.0 innings with 2 earned runs allowed and 5 walks. Chris Ellis pitched 6.2 innings of shutout baseball on the 30th, allowing 3 hits, walks and striking out 2. Chad Hinshaw is batting .293 in his past 10 games with 3 doubles.

High-A Inland Empire 66ers

The 66ers are 17-18 (2.5 GB) in the second half of the season after going 5-3 since last week. Andrew Daniel is batting .400 with 5 doubles in his lat 10 games. Daniel has a slash line of .317/.371/.500 in 31 games with the 66ers. Roberto Baldoquin was placed on the 7-day DL on the 28th.

Low-A Burlington Bees

The Bees are 2-4 since last week and have a second-half record of 14-23 (14.0 GB). After hitting a rough patch of outings, Jake Jewell has lowered his ERA to 4.21 with just 3 earned runs allowed in his last 15.0 innings. Keynan Middleton allowed just 1 earned run in 6.0 innings pitched with 3 hits, 1 walks and 4 strikeouts on the 29th.Relief pitcher, Jacob Kopra, has yet to allow an earned run in 16.2 innings pitched for Burlington this season. Second baseman, Tim Arakawa is batting .341with 2 home runs  in his last 10 games.

Class-A Short Season Orem Owlz

The Owlz went 5-2 since last week and sit in second place of their division with a second half record of 4-2. Jaime Barria, 19 years old, made his Owlz debut on Saturday, allowing 1 earned run in 5.0 innings pitched (7 H  1 BB  4 SO). Jared Foster hit for the cycle on Saturday, going for 4-for-5 and is batting .333 in his last 10 games. Third baseman, Kenny Towns had a 5-hit game with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and a stolen base on Friday. Michael Pierson continued to hit the ball extremely well, with an average of .419 and 4 stolen bases in his last 10 games (.395 on the season). Alex Abbott hit his 4th home run of the season on Sunday and has an OPS of .939 with the Owlz this season. 

AZL Angels

The AZL Angels are 0-5 since last week and are 0-6 to start the second half of their season. 11th round draft pick, Jimmy Barnes, hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Who: Our own Rob Goldman and Angels great Bobby Grich
What: Talking Angels baseball
Where: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum located here
When: August 4th, at 7:00 PM
RSVP for this event by emailing nixon@nara.gov

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Southpaw Nate Smith has posted a 5-0 record over his last seven starts, managing a 1.21 ERA during that stretch. Smith leads the Texas League in both ERA (2.54) and WHIP.

Prior to his recent return to the Arkansas Travelers squad, in which he fired seven scoreless innings for the Travs, Smith appeared in three games for the US National Team with two starts.  He was the winning pitcher in all three contests.  He tallied a cumulative 13.2 innings striking out 18 and posting an ERA of 1.97.  In his last win, a 4-1 decision over Canada, he worked 5.2 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out 10.

Here's your chance to get to know the talented southpaw even better. Below is our interview with Nate Smith almost two years while a member of the Orem Owlz. Enjoy! 

Nate Smith 08-23-2013 from AngelsWin.com on Vimeo.

Monday, July 27, 2015

San Bernardino, CA- Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver is scheduled to appear at San Manuel Stadium on Thursday, July 30th as part of a Major League injury-rehabilitation assignment. The Angels ace will start for the Inland Empire 66ers as they host the Bakersfield Blaze, California League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Weaver, the Angels 2004 first-round pick (12th overall) out Long Beach State, has been sidelined since late-June with inflammation in his left hip. The three-time American League All-Star has amassed a career record of 135-77 with a 3.36 ERA and 1,454 strikeouts. In 2015, the righty has a 4-8 mark with a 4.75 ERA. Last season, the Northridge, CA native led the league in games started (34) and wins (18) and eclipsed the 210.0 IP plateau for the fourth time in his nine seasons of major league service time. Weaver was a 20-game winner in 2012 and led the league with 233 strikeouts in 2010.

“We are thrilled for our fans that they will get to witness an elite, long-time Angel veteran work here at San Manuel Stadium,” Inland Empire 66ers General Manager Joe Hudson said. “This is an exciting part of minor league baseball and we couldn’t be happier that the Angels are sending one of the best players to ever wear a Halo uniform to the Inland Empire.”

Tickets for Jered Weaver’s start are available for advance purchase at 66ers.com (You can proceed to the tickets page by clicking here)or in person at the San Manuel Stadium box office. Groups of 20-or-more fans should call the 66ers front office at (909) 888-9922. The evening’s promotion is “Thirsty Thursday” with discounts on Hangar 24 pints as well as other domestic beers and soda.

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