Sunday, April 1, 2012

AL WEST - Season #21 Preview

Anaheim Aardarks

Players added:
Carlos Mendoza, 1B/DH, FA .312-25-84 with SF in PY.
Javier Hernandez, 1B/DH, Trade
Alejandro Paningua, C, FA, backup/defensive guy
-Players re-signed
Parker Stovall, 1B/LF/DH
JT Scott, SP - re-signed late in spring due to injury to Duke May.

Players Lost
Don Wager, CF, Trade
Carlton Mills, 1B, FA
Jorge Rosario, SP, FA

Top Prospects
- Gio Gonzalez, C, AA, Int'l FA last year - .318, 39 2b, 25 hr, 124 rbi at high A PY. Threw out 29% of SB attempts.
- Izzy Fox, RF, AA .281, 59 2B, 23HR 133rbi, 23 sb split between low and high A ball last year.
- Trevor King, SP, High A. 18 wins 1.28 whip 228 SO/241 IP first 2 years.
- Oswaldo Cueto, Low A. 2-0 with 7 saves in rookie ball. 25 SO/25 IP. #1 pick PY.

Will rely on Francisco Melian, 2B, Michael Wieland, SS, and Jimmy Jaramillo, DH to be the offensive anchors. Will be looking for better OBP from the top of the order. With Wagner gone, Chris May and Ruben Samuel will get every chance to win the CF job. Future HOF Parker Stovall and his 700 career HR is back for his 18th ML season with the club in what will be a part time role now that he is 35.

With the lack of starting pitching in Free Agency the club will be looking to young starters Ubaldo Chavez, 23, and Douglas Bailey, 22, to lead the staff. Chavez already has 46 ML starts under his belt (19-16 record). Bailey got a taste of the majors at the end of last season going 2-1 in 4 starts with an impressive 0.63 WHIP and 1.61 ERA. Veterans Duke May, David White, and JT Scott will round out the rotation with Drew Ducey also in competition (note: Duke May is now out due to Elbow Surgery for an injury suffered in Spring Training).

The bullpen will once again be anchored by Bryant Christensen and his 286 career saves. Getting to him could be an issue as the rest of the bullpen will look to improve from prior year with mainly the same cast of characters. Stone Johnstone will be the primary setup option (3.99 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) as well as a young Juan Duran, who appeared in 66 games last year in his rookie campaign (3.56 ERA).

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