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Monday, May 22, 2006

Angels Prospect News

It seems like all the news I'm finding is about Angels prospects. Here goes a bunch.

Picking On Brandon Wood

With Brandon Wood's well-documented struggles, there's been a couple pieces to come out lately about him highlighting his sudden drop in production upon his promotion to AA Arkansas. One, an AP article, quotes teammate Matt Brown:
"It's a joke. It was a joke - that's how good it was," said third baseman Matthew Brown, Wood's teammate with both the Quakes and Arkansas. "It was just like, 'You gotta be kidding me."'
Bill Stoneman:
"We're hoping he doesn't dwell on the home runs [....] He's got power, so he's going to hit home runs. For us the important thing is just continue to progress as a hitter."
Interestingly, he and manager Ty Boykin disagree on whether he's putting the same swings on the ball as he did last year (Boykin says yes, Wood says no).

The second piece is in the Times. More from Stoneman:

"[Wood is] fine," Stoneman said. "This isn't a guy we were projecting on the major league club next season. If that happens, great. But from a realistic standpoint, everybody goes through growing pains and everybody has to learn how to adjust. And this guy is younger than most."
Oh, yeah, forgot about that part.

Jose Arredondo "Lost Interest"?

Oh, this definitely represents a step back:
He was struggling a bit on the mound to be sure, but it was apparent that something else was up when Quakes starting pitcher Jose Arredondo was removed from his start Tuesday after pitching only two innings, allowing one run on no hits and three walks.

But it neither the wildness nor an injury were the cause for the early departure.

"We took him out for disciplinary reasons," Quakes manager Bobby Mitchell said. "He wasn't just struggling, but he had lost interest."

Mitchell said pitching coach Erik Bennett went to the mound during the second inning and wasn't happy with the response he got.

"He went out there and didn't feel like he (Arredondo) was into the game and didn't want to pitch," Mitchell said.

You've gotta be kidding me.

In related news, the Quakes called up 20-year-old Anthony Ortega from extended spring training on Saturday to fill a roster hole created by the promotion of Miguel Gonzalez to the Travs.

The last two seasons, Ortega had pitched for the Angels' Dominican Summer League team. Last season he was 7-4 with a league-leading 0.86 ERA, striking out 100 and walking only 21 in 94.33 innings. Opponents batted .182 against him.
Ortega got saddled with a loss in yesterday's game against Inland Empire.

More Love For Nick Adenhart

From Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein:
Angels scouting director Eddie Bane ... super-genius! Adenhart was one of the top high school pitchers going into the 2004 draft season, but he needed Tommy John surgery before the draft and teams stayed away from him, assuming he'd go to college and work his way back. Not Bane, who took him in the 14th round and signed him for $710,000, somewhere between one half and one third of what he would have cost if healthy. Instead of playing for a college program more focused on winning than managing his long-term career, Adenhart had the Angels manage his rehabilitation. Adenhart looked good in 50 innings last year, and this season, he's been nothing short of phenomenal, going 7-0, 1.56 in nine starts for the Kernels with a 60-12 K-BB ratio in 57.2 innings, including seven innings of four-hit ball on Friday while touching 95 mph with his fastball. The Angels already have a very good track record in the draft as of late, and now they're rewarded for thinking outside the box.

Hardball Times also had an article featuring Noick Adenhart today too.

Rob, your site just continues to be a well-written, great source for Angels news. even in these depressing times, it's still one of my daily must-reads.
Dangit, bring Adenhart up to Rancho already! I wanna go see this guy pitch. Incidentally, it would be fun to see what the 1-2 combo of A&A - Adenhart and Arredondo - could do.

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