We know that the Angels’ farm system is in rebuilding mode. How far have the mighty fallen?
ESPN.com’s Keith Law chimed in with his organizational rankings today and put the Angels 30th – dead last. Here’s what he had to say:
When you don’t pick until the third round and then trade three prospects for Zack Greinke, this is something of an inevitable consequence. They did place one player on the top 100 and have a lot of guys who project as big leaguers, but more as role players than everyday guys or better. First baseman C.J. Cron didn’t make my top 100, but if he can stay healthy and remain at first base, he could break into impact status.
Some links that have nothing to do with yesterday’s football game:
• Ex-Angel Scott Kazmir is attempting to come back with a major-league team. Kazmir came to Anaheim in 2009 in a deadline trade for Sean Rodriguez. It’s easy to forget that he was actually very good down the stretch that season (2-2, 1.73 ERA) because he was so bad afterward. He pitched his way out of the starting rotation in the ’09 postseason by getting shelled twice. In 2010 he went 9-15 and would have posted the worst ERA in baseball had he not fallen 12 innings short of qualifying for that ignominy. Kazmir hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3, 2011, when he was shelled for five runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Royals in Kansas City. Two months later, he was granted unconditional release as the Angels ate $14.5 million in salary obligations. He’s been on the comeback trail ever since.
• I initially balked at the $25 million asking price for Barry Bonds’ mansion in Beverly Hills, then realized it comes fully furnished. Rumor has it that Bonds has a good eye for leather furniture.
• Brandon Webb came out of nowhere to dominate Major League Baseball from 2006-08, finishing first or second in NL Cy Young voting each year. He appeared in one game in 2009 and never pitched again because of shoulder injuries. Today, Webb retired.
• Some Pepper Paire-Davis/”A League of Their Own” trivia: This was an actual victory song in the actual AAGPBL, and according to the obituaries circulating today, Davis actually co-wrote it: