The LA Angels are looking to get younger and possibly upgrade the bullpen. Over the weekend, the Angels signed Torii Hunter Jr. and claimed RHP J.C. Ramirez off waivers.
The LA Angels made some moves that were rather quiet over the weekend, one of those moves is the signing of their 23rd-round draft pick Torii Hunter Jr.
Torii Jr. is the son of former LA Angel great Torii Hunter (2008-2012). The signing does come with one small note, Torii Jr. will play out his senior season with the Notre Dame fighting Irish football team.
Hunter Jr. is also on the Notre Dame baseball team, predominantly as a pinch-runner. Being a pinch-runner and an exceptional receiver, gave the LA Angels enough of a show to believe that he can contribute.
While this is cool news and a nice story, it doesn’t take away the fact that it’s unlikely that Hunter Jr. ever sees the field for the LA Angels.
If you recall, the Texas Rangers signed Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks QB) in 2014. Wilson played one cactus league game versus Cleveland; basically, the signing was if Wilson wants to have a career change, he has a home with the Rangers.
The same thing applies to Hunter Jr. If you’re a college football fan, you know Hunter Jr’s work. Last season, Torii Jr. caught 28 passes for 363 yards.
He’s amazingly fast, and he’s going to most likely be drafted in next years NFL draft. However, Torii Jr’s dad, spend four of his 19 years with the LA Angels, so maybe he’ll follow in his dad’s footsteps.
Also, the LA Angels claimed J.C. Ramirez off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds this past weekend. Ramirez has appeared in 27 games this season, he currently has an ERA of 6.40. He’s recorded 28 strikeouts with a 1-3 record.
It’s no secret the LA Angels need bullpen help, and Ramirez will mostly likely be a bullpen player. Ramirez has played for the Reds, Mariners, Phillies, and Diamondbacks, he has a career win-loss record of 2-6 with a 6.41 ERA. His last pitching outing was on Friday night, against the padres. Ramirez pitched in the ninth inning, the reds lost that game 13-4.
When you read those numbers of Ramirez there’s not a lot of expectation for the Angels. The fact of the matter is the LA Angels really need to see Nick Tropeano get better and fast. On Friday, the LA Angels optioned Tropeano to the Triple-A. As the Angels eye the return of Tropeano and Joe Smith it could translate to some much needed wins.