A rare two game weekend set against the crosstown logo stealers is all that remains between now and the All Star break. The way this season is going, the fewer the games the better.
Unless, of course, those games are started by Shohei Ohtani who has been beyond brilliant on the mound.
And the numbers he’s putting up are beyond belief. Seriously think about it. If a decade ago I said I’d bet you whatever you have in your wallet/purse that a player would come here and put up these type of numbers in a month, you’d say no way.
It is to the point the English language has run out of superlatives. All you can do is sit back, watch, and realize we might be able to fathom this one day.
Watching Ohtani lately is about as amazing as seeing the Webb telescope pictures.
Ohtani and the future. Those are what we can discuss. And Jeff Fletcher swung by to talk about both and his new book.
Hopefully Jo Adell unlocks his potential and becomes part of the club’s future. He is back up. And I can say his at bats against Houston Wednesday were really great. He picked up a couple of K’s but one came on a really deep at bat and with CB Bucknor behind the plate, you never know if a guy really struck out.
Over at The Athletic, Perry Miniasian said the failure of the club is 100% on him. He couldn’t just come out and blast Arte for hamstringing payroll and shorting the farm, could he.
But if it is on him and he’s in charge of the draft, we might have a problem. Personally, I think his roster construction was bad at times but as a first time GM I hope he learns from it.
Speaking of the draft, it starts on Sunday.
EastSPiN takes a look at the strengths, weaknesses, and drafting patterns of all 30 teams. I don’t think they have our strength correct but I like the piece overall.
The real man of mystery in this year’s draft is Kumar Rocker, the hottest name in last year’s draft. Take a look at the scouts watching him.
Rocker has had an interesting year to say the least. Catch up on it here. Who will sign him, and in which round? Hard to say.
For some Angels centric draft coverage, make sure you catch my interview with Taylor Blake Ward, who does mention Rocker as a possibility for the Angels.
Want some mock drafts?
Both of those project the Angels to take high school righty Brandon Barriera in the first round. Here’s a primer on Brandon.
From what I can tell, MLB mock drafts are to be taken with an even larger grain of salt than their NFL counterparts. But the pattern in all is pretty clear, bats should come flying off the board first leaving the Angels with pretty much their pick of arms in the 13th spot.
If that’s the case, the Angels might also look at Gonzaga’s Gabe Hughes who would likely help the big club sooner. Other college arms to consider are Oregon State lefty Cooper Hjerpe and Connor Preilippe.
Turk’s Teeth is the prospect guru here, but with our reputation for “developing” talent I’d go with a college guy somebody else has developed if I had my pick.
Enjoy your weekend. Hopefully the Angels can get a W or two against the boys in blue.