How are the LA Angels September Call-Ups Performing?
The LA Angels didn’t have any generational prospects as apart of their September call-ups, but a handful of interesting names made the list.
Now, it’s time to check up on how the last group of September call-ups is doing for the LA Angels. Remember, next year the new MLB rule of 26-man rosters for September’s will take effect. This list won’t look at players such as Taylor Cole and Luke Barr, who had their fair share of time with the Angels prior to September. It’s also worth mentioning that these are all reviews of VERY small samples size, and aren’t indicative of how these players will be in the long term.
Another year, another lackluster September by Ward after a solid season in AAA. Last year was a breakout year for Ward in the minors, but he failed to translate that performance to the big leagues.
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This year he was even better in Salt Lake, and so far in the MLB he’s slashing .095/.208/.190. Those aren’t going to get it done and despite it being only 13 games so far, it’s concerning when packaging this year’s performance with last season’s.
Bour has probably seen more service time in the MLB this year than anyone on this list. However, he was optioned early in the year only to hit moonshots in Salt Lake the rest of the season. However, in four at-bats since being called back up, he’s gone hitless whole striking out in all four of his at-bats.
After a nasty injury ended his 2018 season, Jake Jewell bounced back to have a somewhat solid season in Salt Lake. While an ERA north of five isn’t a great sign, the offensive explosion across Triple-A this season can be blamed for that. Jewell posted the best strikeout numbers of his career this year, and walked batters at a lower rate than in 2018.
His time in the big leagues this year have brought mixed results as well. He gave up three earned runs in 1.2 innings in his first appearance of September. However, in his three games since, he’s allowed only one run in 4.1 innings pitched while striking out five batters. He’ll be an interesting name to watch over the last dozen games, and could start building an argument for a 2020 bullpen spot with a solid finish.
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Having pitched for three teams this season, Mejia has seen his best results with the Angels. While those numbers aren’t overwhelming, there have been moments where he’s looked the part of a big league reliever. Considering he’s been flip-flopping between the Angels, Cardinals, and Twins this year, its impressive how well he’s been able to adapt to the catchers and coaches in Anaheim. There is definitely upside for Mejia in 2020.
Due to the breakout season from Brian Goodwin, we didn’t get to see very much of Michael Hermosillo before September. However, with Mike Trout and Justin Upton our for the year, he has the opportunity to be an everyday starter until the end of the year. Last season, we saw rock solid defense from Hermosillo, along with flashes at the plate. In 10 games since being called up, Hermosillo is slashing .250/.429/.313. While those aren’t blowing anyone away, the small sample is an upgrade over his time in the league last year.
We saw a decent amount of Jared Walsh throughout the season in Anaheim. Despite that, he still set the Pacific League record for most home runs in a season by a lefty. This September brought an opportunity for the angels to turn Walsh and his two-way abilities loose. However, he has been awful at the plate this month and has only made one appearance on the mound. It’s obvious throughout his time in the MLB that he still needs substantial development, both on the mound and at the plate.
Speaking of two-way players! This one isn’t a review considering he hasn’t played at all yet, but Kaleb Cowart is back with the Angels (remember when he was on elf their top prospects?). The two-way player has been with a handful of organizations this year, but will finally get a chance to showcase his stuff at the big league level. There’s no telling whether or not he’ll see time on the mound over the next nine games, but it’s nevertheless exciting for another two-way player to be in Anaheim.