1.14.2013

Los Angeles Angels Winter League Performances

One of these days I am going to make it down to Mexico or the Dominican Republic to catch some winter ball. On that note, why doesn't the MLB sign some sort of television agreement with these leagues so we can stream the games here in the states? I'd sure watch.

Unfortunately, because I didn't make it down this year and we have no winter ball TV, all we have is the stats from the winter ball performances this year. The Angels had 12 position players in winter ball and 13 pitchers. Amongst those playing included some of the Halos top prospects including Kaleb Cowart, Travis Witherspoon, Randal Grichuk and Matt Shoemaker.

So how did they all do?

Offensively, the Angels players put up some mostly dismal stats. The best performance came from veteran 32-year old infielder Luis Rodriguez who put up the peculiar slash of .297/.422/.368. The Angels signed the utility infielder this off-season in an effort to likely fill the void left by Maicier Izturis. Other than a decent stint with the Padres in 2008, Rodriguez has been a utility infielder bench-player.

Otherwise, it doesn't look good. Randal Grichuk who was actually picked BEFORE Mike Trout and has suffered a number of minor injuries that have interrupted his minor league career struggled in winter ball hitting .228/.297/.351 in 57 at-bats. Kaleb Cowart, arguably the Angels top prospect at this point, also struggled, hitting a paltry .200/.265.283. The only other performance of note comes from Erick Aybar who put in 14 games in the Dominican Winter League where he hit like he has all of his career (.283/.328/.400).

On the pitching end, things look a tad bit better. Right-handed triple-A pitcher Ryan Brasier struck out 27 batters in 25.2 innings of work while posting a 1.05 WHIP. While Matt Shoemaker put up a decent 3.21 ERA in 33 innings of work with a 1.16 WHIP.

All in all, there isn't much to write home about which maybe makes sense considering the Angels thin farm system. Fortunately, one shouldn't invest much in winter ball numbers. In 2011, Mike Trout put up a lackluster .245/.279./.321 in the Arizona Fall League, while the year before the top prospect-turned-bust Brandon Wood did well in the same league posting a .341/.385/.489.

For all Angels players stats in winter leagues, head on over to MLB.com.

When a 32-year old journeyman infielder is your best winter league performer, does your farm system have problems?

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