Daily Links for the LA Angels including Erstad named the head coach at Nebraska, Trout could be called up now and avoid being a Super Two, Ric Wilson discusses preparation for his first draft and much more...
The Story: Former Angels star Darin Erstad has been named the head coach of the Nebraska University baseball team.
The Monkey Says: My boy is all growns up. Erstad, my favorite player ever and a Nebraska alum (one of these points is pertinent to the conversation, one is not, I'll let you decide), always seemed destined to manage at some level and it is really impressive that he was able to ascend to the top job with the Cornhuskers so quickly.
The Story: The Angels could call up Mike Trout now without risking him reaching Super Two status.
The Monkey Says: That is actually a pretty big deal, because if he qualified as a "Super Two" he could hit free agency a year early. It is kind of an academic point though as it seems unlikely that the Halos will call up Trout anytime soon, if at all, in 2011.
The Story: New Angel scouting director Ric Wilson preps for his first draft.
The Monkey Says: This will be a big draft for the Angels as Wilson is already under pressure to perform since he is replacing the well-regarded Eddie Bane. As for strategy, it sounds as if he will be similar to Bane, but wants to be more "physical" which is kind of a weird statement. It doesn't sound like he is talking about athleticism and might be talking about focusing on power hitters, but we won't really know what he means or if he is even being straight with the media until after the draft unfolds.