Lucho got his libre this season, for a little bit anyway. The fans called for it and finally got their wish when Luis Jimenez finally got his call up in 2013.
Position: 3B Highest Level: Majors
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'1" Weight: 205
Age: 26 Born: 1/18/1988
2013 Rank: 7
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 13 PA, .462 AVG, .462 OBP, .692 SLG, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO, 0 SB, 0 CS, .500 BABIP, .531 wOBA, 217 wRC+
Triple-A: 218 PA, .284 AVG, .326 OBP, .411 SLG, 9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 42 RBI, 26 SO, 11 SB, 3 CS, .301 BABIP, .324 wOBA, 89 wRC+
Majors: 110 PA, .260 AVG, .291 OBP, .317 SLG, 6 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 28 SO, 0 SB, 2 CS, .351 BABIP, .271 wOBA, 71 wRC+
Contact = B
Though he faced Major League pitching for the first time and was undoubtedly exposed for his free-swinging ways, Jimenez did show the ability to make contact on a relatively consistent basis.
Power = B
This one is another relative grade. For a corner infielder, Jimenez likely would grade out as a “D” in this category, but when you compare him to middle infielders, outfielders and catchers, he’s actually above average in this department. The Angels never really allowed him to get into the groove he needs to be in, but when he was getting everyday at bats Jimenez showed not only the ability to make contact but was well adept and lining balls into the gaps. His strength doesn’t show up as over-the-fence type of power, but if he were ever fortunate enough to find himself playing 150 games a year at the major league level, Lucho could probably hit 30-40 doubles.
Discipline = F
Getting an “F” grade in any category on this board makes it hard to be a successful major leaguer. Yet Jimenez, who is now 26 years old, has never developed the ability to take a walk at any level. In the minors he’d rarely chase, but also has a large zone where he can make contact and hit the ball given his hand-eye coordination. Major League pitchers however were able to find spots where Jimenez’s bat couldn’t reach. Basically, the only way Lucho reaches base is if he hits the ball, which works out alright for him given that he’s good at hitting the ball.
Speed = C+
Another relative grade. For a corner infielder, Jimenez is quite fast. Overall, when compared to middle infielders, outfielders and catchers, he’s really just a bit above average.
The February 5th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including PECOTA projects Angels make the playoffs, Halos have fourth-ranked offense and much more...
The Monkey Says: I spent my whole day pouring through this yesterday. The key takeaways is that PECOTA has the Angels just missing out on the AL West title, but winning a Wild Card spot thanks to them having the second-best offense in the AL. Modest bouncebacks from David Freese, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton will be a big part of that. The pitching will still be a problem though as the projections for Garrett Richards and Hector Santiago are pretty scary. Tyler Skaggs should be average though.
The Monkey Says: These are totally subjective, but combine this with the PECOTA projections and it is clear that the Halos will be a disappointment if their lineup isn't more productive than last season.
A raw teenager, Natanael Delgado is already making a big impression in the Angels farm system.
Position: OF Highest Level: AZL
Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6'1" Weight: 170
Age: 18 Born: 10/23/1995
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 209 PA, .271 AVG, .311 OBP, .422 SLG, 16 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 33 RBI, 43 SO, 4 SB, 0 CS, .327 BABIP, .336 wOBA, 101 wRC+
Contact = B
Delgado has an absolutely beautiful, fluid, loose swing that generates a ton of power, especially for his frame. He uses his long limbs and takes full advantage of his mobility to create torque in his pre-swing motion and leverage upon contact. He also does an outstanding job of swinging through the pitch and not simply meeting the ball as many his age, particularly power hitters tend to do. Like most raw Latin American prospects, Delgado is a super-aggressive hitter, but luckily for him, he comes predisposed with hand-eye coordination.
Power = B
This is a relative term so take it with a grain of salt, Natanael Delgado has a TON of power for someone his age. When he was signed, he may have been 160 pounds soaking wet. When the Angels made the aggressive decision to send him stateside without spending much time down in the Dominican Republic, he was probably a tick over 170. I’m told he eats, lives and breathes baseball and spends his mornings in the weight room even during the season. Given his age and frame, it wouldn’t surprise me if he were at least 180 by this next season. By the time he makes it to the major leagues he could be up over 200 pounds. What does this all mean for his power? Well as I said before, he has a loose swings and long limbs. When you start adding muscle while maintaining the type of torque and mobility (flexibility) he shows, you can stumble upon a whole world of untapped power potential.
Discipline = B
You’re probably going to think I’m crazy for awarding Delgado with a “B” in this department seeing as he managed to accumulate all of 11 walks in over 200 plate appearances. Delgado actually has a decent eye at the plate but more importantly, he’s willing to do anything to improve himself as a ball player. The Angels asked him to do something that was against his very own nature on the ball field, stop swinging at every pitch as it comes by, trying to yank it as far as you can. Work the count and then make the pitcher pay for his mistakes. You can see evidence of this shift in approach for the 17 year old. His first month in Rookie Ball, zero BB. His second month, 2 BB in 22 games. His third month, 9 BB in 22 games. His BB% climbed all the way up to 9.7% in only his third month using this approach. Prospects will usually take years to make this much progress if they ever do. Delgado’s discipline may just be passable right now, but it seems he has the willingness and skill-set to eventually grow into a patient power hitter.
Speed = B
Delgado has long legs and is most certainly an above average base runner. I don’t know what the future holds but if he stays as fast as he is, 20 SB on an annual basis shouldn’t be out of the question.
The February 4th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including single game tickets go on sale February 22nd, Capuano drops his asking price and much more...
The Monkey Says: Let's hope the Angels to hike prices by 140% at the last minute like a certain other Southern California baseball team.
The Monkey Says: Capuano allegedly will now accept a one-year deal, which is what the Angels want to sign someone for... if they sign someone. One would think that Capuano would have to sign soon since pitchers and catchers report in a week and a half.
With elite speed and a slick glove, Eric Stamets is hoping to make himself the Angels shortstop of the future, but will his bat hold up enough to make that happen?
Position: SS Highest Level: Advanced-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'0" Weight: 185
Age: 22 Born: 9/25/1991
2013 Rank: #11
2013 Season Stats
Advanced-A: 571 PA, .281 AVG, .335 OBP, .375 SLG, 28 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 53 RBI, 66 SO, 16 SB, 4 CS, .315 BABIP, .321 wOBA, 90 wRC+
Contact = B+
Stamets is sometimes characterized as a slap hitter in the same way Erick Aybar is and that assessment isn’t completely inaccurate. Stamets’ main tool for reaching base is his speed and as long as he’s putting the ball in play, his legs can make him dangerous.
Power = F
It’s not there so don’t bother.
Discipline = C+
This is a hard one to peg on Stamets. Does he walk very often? No, in fact he’d be a much more dangerous player if he did. But will you see him making a lot of silly swings at pitches outside of the zone? No. So in this sense he has slightly above average plate discipline, though as the organizational philosophy shifts, you’d hope to see Stamets become a poster-child and increase his walk-rate.
Speed = A
Eric Stamets is bar-none, the fastest player in the Angels organization not named Mike Trout. He blazes down the line, makes excellent cuts around the bases and can really move, even for a middle infielder.
The February 3rd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels pulled offer to Garza, settled arbitration cases with Freese and Jepsen and much more...
The Monkey Says: This was back at the Winter Meetings when there was a rumor that the Halos were expected to close on Garza within 48 hours and never did. This explains why. Criticize Moreno if you want, but teams don't just leave offers out there forever, allowing the player to use it as leverage with other teams. At the time, Arizona was said to be very interested too, so you can't blame Moreno for not enabling Garza's agent to start a bidding war that Moreno wanted no part of.
The Monkey Says: Right at the midpoint. There was a big gap between the sides, so it is nice to see they got this settled amicably.