Maniac Ball

Because you have to be a maniac to be an Angels fan


Mike MetcalfeMike Metcalfe spent nine years in the Angels minor leagues as an athletic trainer. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2004 with a B.A. in Athletic Training and in Health/Fitness. In 2005, he was hired on as the athletic trainer for the Mesa Angels (now the AZL Angels). He then went on to be the athletic trainer for several minor league teams in the Angels organization: Orem Owlz (2006), Cedar Rapids Kernels (2007; Angels later changed affiliation to the Burlington Bees), Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2008-2010; Angels later changed affiliation to the Inland Empire 66ers), and Arkansas Travelers (2011-2013).

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Game 1 – Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: 6:00pm PST
LHP Jason Vargas vs RHP Jered Weaver

Game 2 – Friday, October 3rd, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: 6:30pm PST
RHP Yordano Ventura vs RHP Matt Shoemaker

Game 3 – Sunday, October 5th, 2014 – Kauffman Stadium – First Pitch: 4:30pm PST
LHP C.J. Wilson vs RHP James Shields

Game 4 – Monday, October 6th, 2014 – Kauffman Stadium – First Pitch: TBD
RHP Jered Weaver vs RHP Jeremy Guthrie

Game 5 – Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – First Pitch: TBD
*LHP Jason Vargas vs RHP Matt Shoemaker
* – Tentative

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Photo by Nakai Green

Photo by Nakai Green

The Angels’ organization had an eventful year, especially with the trades made mid-season involving some key prospects. Despite a slight depletion of prospects, there have still been plenty of young talent to keep an eye on. Without further ado, here is the Angels’ Farm Report for the year of 2014 (Note: “*” indicates player is no longer in the organization):

Angels’ Minor League Batting Leaders:

Category
Total
Player
Team(s)
Runs 107 Sherman Johnson Inland Empire 66ers
Hits 156 Brian Hernandez Arkansas Traveler/
Inland Empire 66ers
Doubles 38 Alex Yarbrough Arkansas Travelers
Triples 13 Sherman Johnson Inland Empire 66ers
Home Runs 31 Dennis Raben Inland Empire 66ers
Runs Batted In 91 Dennis Raben Inland Empire 66ers
Walks 88 Sherman Johnson Inland Empire 66ers
Highest BB%
(Min. 200 PA)
14.0% Sherman Johnson Inland Empire 66ers
Lowest BB%
(Min. 200 PA)
2.6% Trevor Gretzky Burlington Bees/
Orem Owlz
Strikeouts 141 Kody Eaves Burlington Bees
Highest K%
(Min. 200 PA)
32.1% Ranyelmy Mendoza Burlington Bees
Lowest K%
(Min. 200 PA)
6.5% J.B. Shuck Salt Lake Bees
SB 41 Chad Hinshaw Inland Empire 66ers/
Burlington Bees
AVG
(Min. 200 PA)
.347 Bo Way Burlington Bees/
Orem Owlz
OBP
(Min. 200 PA)
.410 Bo Way Burlington Bees/
Orem Owlz
SLG .631 Brennan Boesch Salt Lake Bees
OPS 1.009 Brennan Boesch Salt Lake Bees
BABIP
(Min. 200 PA)
.385 Andrew Daniel Orem Owlz
ISO .370 Brennan Boesch Salt Lake Bees
wOBA .424 Brennan Boesch Salt Lake Bees

Angels’ Minor League Pitching Leaders:

 

Category
Total
Player
Team(s)
Games 56 Jairo Diaz Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Innings 148.2 Drew Rucinski Arkansas Travelers
Wins 14 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/ Inland Empire 66ers
Losses 11 Mark Sappington Arkansas Travelers/ Inland Empire 66ers
11 Kramer Sneed Arkansas Travelers
Win%
(Min. 10 Dec.)
77.8% Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Saves 18 Cam Bedrosian Salt Lake Bees/
Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Strikeouts 161 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Walks 79 Mark Sappington Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Hit Batsmen 22 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
Home Runs 26 Jarrett Grube Salt Lake Bees
FIP
(Min. 100 IP)
2.88 Drew Rucinski Arkansas Travelers
SIERA
(Min. 100 IP)
3.33 Drew Rucinski Arkansas Travelers
ERA
(Min. 100 IP)
2.58 Harrison Cooney Burlington Bees
WHIP
(Min. 100 IP)
1.05 Nate Smith Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
H/9
(Min. 100 IP)
6.35 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
BB/9
(Min. 100 IP)
2.48 Drew Rucinski Arkansas Travelers
K/9
(Min. 100 IP)
9.83 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers
K/BB
(Min. 100 IP)
3.41 Drew Rucinski Arkansas Travelers
AVG
(Min. 100 IP)
.198 Tyler DeLoach Arkansas Travelers/
Inland Empire 66ers

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The regular season has come to an end and what a ride it was for the Angels. After 4 years of no playoff baseball, the Angels rebounded in a huge way after winning only 78 games in 2013. The Angels won a major league best 98 games en route to their 10th playoff appearance and 9th AL West title.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look back at how the Angels got to this point by reliving the best moments of the Angel 2014 regular season.

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