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Youth Movement

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this to say in his spring training preview of the Angels:

“The Angels have an offensive void to fill with Mark Teixeira and Garret Anderson gone. First baseman Kendry Morales and third baseman Brandon Wood will be counted on to bolster the attack, but depending on young players is not the safest way to go.”

Depending on Kendry Morales isn’t much different than depending on Casey Kotchman, who many people seem to forget was the Angels’ first baseman during the first half of last season.

And, last we checked, Chone Figgins was still the slated third baseman, as he was at the beginning of last season.  Brandon Wood may very well get his shot this year, but it’s a bit premature to anoint him the starting third baseman.



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Caribbean League Roundup

We’re not the only ones enjoying Caribbean League baseball.  Tim Heaney offers a nice round-up, noting the excellent season by Kendry Morales and the dismal showing by Brandon Wood.

Omitted from the list is Maicer Izturis, who enjoyed a solid season in the Venezuelan League.

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Uggla Thought

With an overloaded infield, including two highly regarded future superstars in Brandon Wood and Howie Kendrick, we’re not sure the Angels “make sense,” though they’ve been linked to Dan Uggla before.

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Brandon Wood has been a highly touted “prospect” for what seems an eternity. 

Lyle Spencer’s most recent article pointedly illustrates the grey area in which “Woody” now resides; he’s been around too long to be considered a genuine prospect anymore, but he’s also yet to earn a  job at the Big League level. 

With Erick Aybar penciled in as the starting shortstop, Chone Figgins entrenched at third, and Maicer Izturis capable of spelling either of them as a highly capable defender and offensive contributor, Wood’s role in the infield still seems vague.  At this point, the only thing Wood seems to have going for him is the proclivity of Angel infielders for strained hamstrings.    

Another season at AAA would do very little for Wood, while sitting on the bench in Anaheim, waiting for a teammate to be injured,  might stunt his development altogether.  Having refused to trade Wood when most teams coveted him, the Angels must now find playing time for him. 

Something has to give, as they say, because the Angels’ infield is full and Wood seems to deserve a chance (his recent Dominican Winter League showing notwithstanding).   

Whatever the club chooses to do, it’s become quite clear that there are too many infielders and not enough brickdust (or, ahem, starting pitchers).

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Winter Ball

As the Domincan Winter League continues its round robin playoff tournament, it’s very interesting to examine how various Angels have performed during the DWL regular season and playoffs.

At the top of the class is Kendry Morales, who is currently among the leaders in most Dominican League offensive playoff statistics (first in home runs and second in OPS), after posting a monstrous line of .404/.450/.778 during the regular season.  Saturday night (1/10), Kendry’s Gigantes will take on Aguilas in the series semi-final, fighting for the right to play the winner of the other semi-final,  Toros vs. Licey (the team for which Vlad normally plays).

Sean Rodriguez is a Gigantes teammate of Kendry’s and has had a very mediocre season.

Playing for Aguilas, and opposing Morales and Rodriguez in the semi-final game will be former Angel Luis Polonia, who, as usual, has had a strong DWL season.

In the other semi-final game, Toros vs. Licey, Erick Aybar will be the lone Angel representative.   Aybar has had a strong DWL season but, unfortunately, also saw his winter season marred by an ugly incident (we’ll call it a botched homicide squeeze).    

Angel fans can root for a final of Licey vs. Gigantes. [Update – We’re still trying to track down the Saturday night box scores.  Also, most of the information we’re working with “es en Espanol,” in which we’re not exactly fluent.  Please correct any errors we may have made in the comments section….thanks.]

At the bottom of the heap is a group of Angels who competed for the last place Estrellas de OrienteBrandon Wood, Bobby Wilson, and Reggie Willits all were terrible, sent home early by the team and likely leaving Estrellas fans to wonder why the trio even showed up in the first place. 

In other Angel-related Carribean League baseball, Maicer Izturis played wonderfully for Bravos de Margarita, posting a line of .340/.397/.396 during the regular season.

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