Writing links seems to be a feast or famine affair. Either nothing is going on or there’s too much cover. This week definitely goes in the latter bucket.
Trade deadline? It was insane and everybody is lining up to rank the winners and losers. Pretty cool how they already know which prospects will and won’t be worth their billing.
One of the teams being pretty much universally lauded as a winner is Philadelphia. Experts thing they nailed it. What is notable about that is their two largest trades were with the Angels.
As far as the Angels dealings, the staff here has had their say and that say isn’t very positive. Most of the commenters agree.
But now that the dust has settled, we can really get into who the Angels got back.
Mickey Moniak is a former first overall pick who hasn’t lived up to the billing. Just like his current manager Phil Nevin. This provides the youngster with a nice opportunity to learn.
Hopefully he turns his career around without the type of chemical help Phil Nevin almost certainly enjoyed.
Logan O’Hoppe now sits atop the Angels prospect lists and adds to the very interesting AA Trash Pandas. The winner of the AFL Sportsmanship Award comes off like a pretty cool guy in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
O’Hoppe joins Sam Bachman, Ky Bush, Jeremiah Jackson, Luke Murphy and the Thicc King on that squad. If you’re looking for the next wave of Angels, there they are.
Speaking of the Thicc King, he had a great debut in AA. Yes, he went straight from the SEC to AA and still mashed. Hence my love of drafting SEC players.
Sonny apparently has a heart bigger than his swing. It is fun getting to learn about this kids.
And, yes, I’m reaching out to agents for interviews.
At the MLB level, there wasn’t a lot to talk about but we did see the return of fan favorite and friend of the site David Fletcher.
One thing Rahul and I discussed over fries at the ballpark Wednesday was the lack of innings for Jaime Barria. Apparently we aren’t alone.
I’ve long lamented the lack of using our long relievers. But when you have a manager pulling starters in the 4th and 5th inning, why not use a guy like Barria one time through the lineup and save the other arms?
It was a sad week as well. Yesterday Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, died at the age of 45. 45 with four young sons who need and will miss her dearly. Condolences to the family.
Lastly, and most importantly, baseball lost an absolute icon in Vin Scully this week. Words just can’t do enough. Thank you Vin for so many great moments in life.
The only fitting way to end these links are with Vin’s final broadcast.
Enjoy your weekend. Please link all I missed below.