Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim news, rumors and injuries
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:37:25 -0700
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are expected to begin the regular season with a four-man starting rotation and an eight-man bullpen, according to manager Mike Scioscia. SPs Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago are expected to start the first four games of the season. The Angels will not need a fifth starter until April 14, but injured SP Garrett Richards (knee) is unlikely to be available by then.
Fantasy Tip: This means that SPs Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year in the minors but one of them could be recalled to make the start April 14. Neither pitcher has much value in universal leagues, although Heaney has the bigger upside and could be worthy of consideration in the later rounds of AL-only drafts.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:07:54 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freese ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) has a few games left to prepare for the regular season and looks to be ready. Freese likely will have more value in AL-only leagues but could be a cheaper option on FantasyScore because of his home run potential.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:32:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Wilson struggled last season, and he has given fantasy owners no reason he can return to form. He is worth scooping up late in drafts, but be prepared to cut him loose if he continues to struggle.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:26:56 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout entered the day Thursday, March 26, hitting .462 this spring, and he continues to slug home runs and doubles. Trout continues to do it all in spring training after winning the American League MVP Award in 2014.
Fantasy Tip: As if you needed any more reason to select Trout with the No. 1 overall fantasy pick. He's the consensus top pick in all fantasy formats, and he should have another outstanding season.
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:08:21 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B David Freese (elbow) hasn't played since hyperextending his left elbow Tuesday, March 24, and he will take a few more days off to heal. He took ground balls and dry swings Thursday, March 26, and manager Mike Scioscia said Freese is "moving in the right direction."
Fantasy Tip: Freese ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) is mainly valuable in AL-only leagues at a weak position for his double-digit home run power. However, he won't contribute much else, and he'll mainly be a matchup play at a cheap cost at FantasyScore in 2015.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:26:17 -0700
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (triceps) left the game Thursday, March 26, with a right triceps contusion, caused by being hit by a pitch in the first inning.
Fantasy Tip: The injury to Calhoun ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) doesn't appear to be serious. He remains a source of well-rounded statistical contributions to fantasy squads who should be drafted in the middle rounds.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:40:40 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (shoulder) left the game early with a trainer Thursday, March 26. He was hit in the right shoulder by a pitch and also slid hard into second base during the game.
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to check back for updates on Calhoun before jumping to conclusions. It was likely a precautionary move. Hitting in front of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a nice spot for fantasy value, but be careful not to overvalue Calhoun. He is a great source for runs and has nice pop, but he slid to a .254/.301/.395 slash line in the second half last season. At 27, there might not be a another level of production in store, either.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:03:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The only significance of starting a minor league game is it means Richards won't start against any major league hitters until he is recalled. He is expected to return sometime in late April, and has progresses nicely from a serious knee injury. He posted high-end numbers last season before the injury and is a solid target in the middle rounds of drafts. His upside has the potential to be a huge boost to your fake rotation, and he'll likely only miss a handful of starts.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:11:32 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF C.J. Cron, who is expected to see plenty of at-bats in 2015 as the designated hitter, went 2-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice fly to extend his spring hitting streak to seven games. Cron is hitting .396 (19-for-48) in Cactus League play.
Fantasy Tip: Cron should see plenty of at-bats as the DH or in left field with Josh Hamilton's (shoulder) situation up in the air. Cron isn't a household name, but he brings some intriguing power to the plate, and he is worth considering late in deep mixed leagues.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:43:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Richards has shown excellent progress this spring after a gruesome knee injury in 2014. Before his injury last season, he was performing at Cy Young levels. There isn't any reason to believe he won't return to a similar level in 2015, but he'll first miss a handful of starts. Richards' potential outweighs any risk of re-injury, and he's a nice candidate for your rotation in the middle rounds of drafts.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:59:42 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Matt Joyce (hamstring) did some running drills Tuesday, March 24, and is expected to start in left field Wednesday, March 25, if he feels good. Joyce has played in only one game, as the designated hitter Monday, March 23, since March 16.
Fantasy Tip: Joyce figures to see more playing time in 2015 because of the uncertainty surrounding Josh Hamilton (shoulder). Joyce reached double-digit homers four straight seasons from 2010-2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, and if he sees consistent at-bats, he can be useful in deep mixed leagues for outfield depth.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:33:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Heaney is considered the favorite for a rotation spot. That said, this poor outing isn't likely to help him strengthen his hold on the job. He's a young pitcher with upside but more of an AL-only option than a mixed league consideration.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:49:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Freese is coming off his second straight poor campaign at the hot corner. Since 2013, he's hit just 19 homers in over 1,000 plate appearances. His average has been just over .260 in that time frame as well. Freese is an AL-only league option but not someone worth drafting in standard leagues.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:38:23 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (hand) felt something in his hand while swinging Monday, March 23, and was removed from the game. He said he feels fine, though, and expects to play Tuesday, March 24.
Fantasy Tip: Calhoun had an excellent 2014 season, but ascending to another level may not be in store for the 27-year-old outfielder who has just 711 career at-bats. Additionally, he may lose the occasional start against left-handed pitchers and any stolen bases should be considered a bonus. Still, he profiles as a nice three category contributor hitting leadoff, and most importantly in front of Mike Trout. Just be careful you're not paying for more than what you'll receive. Calhoun profiles much better as your third outfielder than your second.
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:48:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Richards hasn't had any setbacks at all this spring, and he's looked impressive. Even though he isn't likely to make his regular season debut until mid-April, his draft stock should be rising. Consider taking him to bolster your fake staff in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
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