New Angels Hitting Coach, Don Baylor, had a career OBP of .342 and a career walk-rate of 8.6%. New Angels Assistant Hitting Coach, Dave Hansen, had a career OBP of .360 and a career walk-rate of 13.5%. Anyone else recognizing the philosophy that Jerry Dipoto is trying to instill in this organization.
A $20M limit, huh? This is either going to create a crazy bidding war since every team can simply submit a max bid, or, it is going to cause NPB teams to not post players like Masahiro Tanaka since there is no large financial gain from making them available to MLB teams.
Maybe. Possibly. Okay, more than likely. Dipoto is going to have to dip into the free agent market to acquire someone for the rotation. The problem with that is, the best pitchers available would cost the Angels their first round draft pick. And, the pitchers that wont cost the Angels a pick, are named Bronson Arroyo.
The Angels have the 15th pick in next year’s draft. High School Pitcher, Luis Ortiz, is considered the 16th best prospect, so I am going to project him to be the Angels pick. Although, it is possible that a pitcher like Tyler Beede – who has issues with repeating his delivery – could fall to the Angels. Not likely, but possible.