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    2019 Travs to Watch
    Future MLB players on the current roster

    #10 Evan White, 1B
    Mariners No. 3 prospect
    MLB.com No. 98 overall prospect
    2017 Mariners top draft pick
    $3.1 million signing bonus
    2018 Minor League Gold Glove 1B
    2018 AFL All-Prospect team
    2018 AFL Rising Stars
    2018 California League All-Star
    2018 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    2017 Second-team All-American at Kentucky
    MLB projection: Top regular starter

    #6 Justin Dunn, P
    Mariners No. 5 prospect
    MLB.com No. 86 overall prospect
    2016 Mets top draft pick
    $2.3 million signing bonus
    2018 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    Acquired as part of Robinson Cano trade
    MLB projection: No. 3 or 4 starter

    #2 Kyle Lewis, OF
    Mariners No. 7 prospect
    2016 Mariners top draft pick
    $3.2 million signing bonus
    2016 Golden Spikes Award
    2017-18 Mariners top prospect
    Best athlete in Mariners Minor League system
    2018 Futures Game selection
    2018 California League All-Star
    2016 Northwest League All-Star
    MLB projection: Top regular starter

    #17 Jake Fraley, OF
    Mariners No. 14 prospect
    Played college at LSU
    $797,500 signing bonus
    MLB projection: Fourth outfielder

    #13 Dom Thompson-Williams, OF
    Mariners No. 17 prospect
    Reached 20 HRs and 20 SBs in 2018
    2018 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    Acquired as part of James Paxton trade
    Played college at South Carolina
    $250,000 signing bonus
    MLB projection: Fourth outfielder

    #41 Wyatt Mills, RP
    Mariners No. 18 prospect
    2018 AFL Rising Stars
    2018 California League All-Star
    $125,000 signing bonus
    MLB projection: Lower-leverage reliever

    #18 Anthony Misiewicz, P
    Mariners No. 25 prospect
    2017 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    MLB projection: Fill-in starter or relief specialist

    #14 Donnie Walton, 2B/SS
    Mariners No. 26 prospect
    2018 California League All-Star
    2017-18 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    2016 Northwest League All-Star
    $125,000 signing bonus
    MLB projection: Utility infielder

    #26 Art Warren, RP
    Mariners No. 27 prospect
    2016 Midwest League All-Star
    MLB projection: Relief specialist

    Max Povse, P
    Mariners No. 30 prospect
    2016 Carolina League All-Star
    $425,000 signing bonus
    MLB projection: Relief specialist

    #44 Dan Altavilla, RP
    On Mariners 40-man roster
    2016 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
    2016 Southern League All-Star
    2015 California League All-Star
    $250,000 signing bonus

    #15 Ricardo Sanchez, P
    On Mariners 40-man roster
    MLB.com Mariners No. 25 prospect
    Signed by Angels as 16-year-old
    $580,000 signing bonus


    Travs Top Five
    The five best former Travs in MLB

    1 Mike Trout (2011)
    Los Angeles Angels, CF
    $36.8 million salary
    Highest-paid player in MLB
    2011 Minor League Player of the Year
    2012 AL Rookie of the Year
    2014 & 2016 AL MVP
    2012-18 MLB All-Star
    2014-15 AL All-Star MVP
    2012-17, 18 AL Silver Slugger OF

    2 Jean Segura (2012, 17)
    Philadelphia Phillies, SS
    $14.8 million salary
    2013 & 2018 MLB All-Star

    3 Randal Grichuk (2013)
    Toronto Blue Jays, RF
    $5 million salary

    4 C.J. Cron (2013)
    Minnesota Twins, 1B
    $4.8 million salary

    5 James Paxton (2017)
    New York Yankees, P
    $8.5 million salary
    Pitched four rehab innings at DSP


    Texas League Top 20
    Current MLB greats who played at
    Dickey-Stephens Park (and Ray Winder)

    1 Zack Greinke (Wichita, 2003, 06)
    Arizona Diamondbacks, P
    $34.5 million salary
    2003 Minor League Player of the Year
    2009 AL Cy Young Award
    2009, 14-18 MLB All-Star
    2014-18 NL Gold Glove P
    2013 NL Silver Slugger P
    2015 Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year

    2 Nolan Arenado (Tulsa, 2012)
    Colorado Rockies, 3B
    $26 million salary
    2015-18 MLB All-Star
    2015-16 & 18 NL home-run champion
    2017-18 NL Platinum glove
    2013-18 NL Gold Glove 3B
    2015-18 NL Silver Slugger 3B

    3 J.D. Martinez (Corpus Christi, 2010-11)
    Boston Red Sox, OF/DH
    $23.7 million salary
    2015 & 18 MLB All-Star
    2018 AL Hank Aaron Award
    2015 & 18 AL Silver Slugger OF

    4 Corey Kluber (San Antonio, 2009-10)
    Cleveland Indians, P
    $17 million salary
    2014 & 17 AL Cy Young Award
    2016-18 MLB All-Star
    2016 Sporting News Pitcher of the Year

    5 Josh Donaldson (Midland, 2009)
    Atlanta Braves, 3B
    $23 million salary
    2015 AL MVP
    2015 Sporting News Player of the Year
    2014-16 MLB All-Star
    2015 AL Hank Aaron Award
    2015-16 AL Silver Slugger 3B

    6 Charlie Blackmon (Tulsa, 2010)
    Colorado Rockies, OF
    $21.5 million salary
    2017 NL batting champion
    2014, 17-18 MLB All-Star
    2016-17 NL Silver Slugger OF

    7 Nelson Cruz (Midland, 2004)
    Minnesota Twins, DH
    $14 million salary
    2009, 13-15, 17-18 MLB All-Star
    2014 AL home-run champion
    2011 ALCS MVP
    2015, 17 AL Silver Slugger

    8 Matt Carpenter (Springfield, 2010, 12)
    St. Louis Cardinals, 3B
    $14.7 million salary
    2013-14, 16 MLB All-Star
    2013 NL Silver Slugger 2B

    9 George Springer (Corpus Christi, 2012-13)
    Houston Astros, OF
    $12 million salary
    2017 World Series MVP
    2017-18 MLB All-Star
    2017 AL Silver Slugger OF

    10 Cody Bellinger (Tulsa, 2016)
    Los Angeles Dodgers, 1B
    $605,000 salary
    2017 NL Rookie of the Year
    2018 NLCS MVP
    2017 MLB All-Star

    11 Alex Bregman (Corpus Christi, 2016)
    Houston Astros, 3B
    $640,000 salary
    2018 MLB All-Star MVP

    12 Trevor Story (Tulsa, 2014)
    Colorado Rockies, SS
    $5 million salary
    2018 MLB All-Star
    2018 NL Silver Slugger SS

    13 Mike Foltynewicz (Corpus Christi, 2013)
    Atlanta Braves, P
    $5.4 million salary
    2018 MLB All-Star

    14 Matt Chapman (Midland, 2016)
    Oakland Athletics, 3B
    $580,000 salary
    2018 AL Platinum Glove
    2018 AL Gold Glove 3B
    2018 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

    15 Rougned Odor (Frisco, 2014)
    Texas Rangers, 2B
    $7.8 million salary

    16 Tommy Pham (Springfield, 2010, 13)
    Tampa Bay Rays, OF
    $4.1 million salary

    17 Jonathan Villar (Corpus Christi, 2011-12)
    Baltimore Orioles, 2B
    $4.8 million salary

    18 Trea Turner (San Antonio, 2015)
    Washington Nationals, SS
    $3.7 million salary

    19 Joey Gallo (Frisco, 2014-15)
    Texas Rangers, LF
    $605,500 salary
    Fastest in AL to hit 100 home runs

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Yellow Tail Swine

Didn't Elson post here fairly recently that the delay had been removed for Travs games?

Phil Elson

Here is the deal on the radio delay:

The delay was removed for about a week because the piece of equipment KWBF used to place the delay broke. It is now fixed, and unfortunately the folks at KWBF have told me that the delay must stay. So we're looking into a way to broadcast a signal throughout DSP that will allow fans to listen to the PBP without experiencing a delay.

Wouldn't it easier to just break the delay-kizmo again..?!?

The Travelerocity reporter

I used to work at a radio station. There are two buttons on the delay machine -- one to turn it on/off, and one to "dump" a caller (that's why they call it the dump button). What antique piece of equipment is 101.1 using that it doesn't even have an on/off switch?

The Travelerocity reporter

The Naturals claim 5,900 were at the game Sunday? From the picture in the paper, it looks more like 1,900.

Steven Shell went up to the Big Leagues on Saturday for the Naturals. Pitched the ninth. three up three down. Good for him.


Is this the reason Travelerocity Reporter gets upset about the Angels not sending players to Little Rock....(Ooops!) NORTH Little Rock for rehab?

From the LATimes:

Minor leaguers feed off rehab stints
When players from the big club come down, they pay for postgame meals.
By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 19, 2008
When the Angels decided to cut Erick Aybar's minor league rehab assignment a day short and reactivate the infielder Wednesday, the reverberations were felt in the clubhouse of the Angels' Class-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga. That's because every time a big league player goes down to the minors to work through an injury, he's expected to buy the postgame spread, replacing takeout burgers, pizza or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with something more substantial.

"It is a big difference," said Morris Sipes, the clubhouse manager for the Quakes.

Francisco Rodriguez blows save for AngelsAnd the players in Rancho Cucamonga have been eating well most of the season, because Aybar was the sixth Angel to play there this spring. But none, Sipes said, was more generous than pitcher John Lackey, who sprung for a half-dozen $500 meals from local restaurants during his three-game rehab assignment.

"He'd come in for his workout and have me set something up and then he'd be gone before they even threw the first pitch. He'd pay for the food anyway," Sipes said.

For Lackey, it was simply payback. When he was a minor leaguer, former Angels pitchers Jarrod Washburn and Ken Hill, among others, did the same thing when they came down to rehab.

"I definitely think it's something that's passed on," Lackey said. "And you appreciate it as a minor league guy because those guys don't have a lot of money.

"It means a lot to them. And it's not going to hurt me any. So why not?"

Link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/angels/la-sp-angrep19-2008jun19,0,1951281.story

TR, are you expecting a lavish meal with rehabbing players?

(Just kidding!)


The Travelerocity reporter

"And the players in Rancho Cucamonga have been eating well most of the season, because Aybar was the sixth Angel to play there this spring."

That says it all. Great find on the article. Thanks for posting it here.

Did Morris Sipes used to have the same job with the Travs?

MoTown got fired from the Travs for "Bad ratings from visiting clubs, and umpires..." According to BV. I'm glad to hear he's doing well out there in Rancho, at least someone appreciates his hard work and recognizes him.

Mo-Town...he's nationwide!!!

Same old tired complaint that the Angels don't send their rehabs to Arkansas when it makes no sense to do it.

By the tones of most of what TR posts, he is going to be mighty disappointed when the Travs and Angels resign their PDC.

Mr. Shucks

Thanks for dropping by, Mr. Flores. ;-)


From Buster Olney blog on ESPN.com


There is little margin for pitching mistakes in cozy Citizens Bank Park, little margin for error against the Phillies' lineup, and yet, the Angels shut down Philadelphia over the weekend: Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver helped limit the Phillies to five runs in three days.

They all are homegrown pitchers. And so is John Lackey, who shut down the Nationals on Monday. And so are Francisco Rodriguez (the closer with 31 saves), set-up man Scot Shields and others. The Angels consistently produce one of the best pitching staffs in the game, largely through their player development system, with their staff ERA ranking in the top half of the big leagues. Since 2002, they have ranked fourth, 15th, 13th, fifth, fourth, 11th and, in 2008, eighth.

The Mariners tried to fashion a rotation in recent years by spending about $110 million on free agents Jarrod Washburn, Miguel Batista and Carlos Silva, and by swapping a boatload of prospects for veteran Erik Bedard -- but the Mariners still don't have much stability around homegrown right-hander Felix Hernandez. Meanwhile, the Angels just keep churning out pitching. They know pitching.

Tony Reagins, the Angels' general manager, recently explained some of his organization's core pitching principles:

1. The Angels like pitchers with athletic deliveries that "create direction toward home plate," Reagins said.

Like every organization, the Angels draft or sign pitchers who have been taught a range of mechanics as amateurs, and the team tries to introduce the motion of the hands going over the head in the delivery. "If the delivery is stagnant," Reagins said, "arm injuries are more of a factor. Athletic deliveries tend to lead to a healthier arm."

Reagins cited the recent example of Jordan Walden, a 20-year-old right-hander currently pitching in low-A ball Cedar Rapids. "He had a stagnant delivery," Reagins said. "We just made some changes with him" -- the hands going over the head -- "and we've seen his velocity pick up and his command improve."

2. The Angels focus on fastball command, from their prospects in the Dominican to Triple-A. Pitching coaches in the organization maintain charts for the pitchers to see who is demonstrating the best command and who is throwing the most strikes; the idea behind this, of course, is to foster competition. "We have a real focus on first-pitch strikes," Reagins said.

3. There is a consistent pitching program throughout the entire organization, developed by Mike Butcher -- the Angels' pitching coach in the big leagues -- and Angels manager Mike Scioscia. This can help pitchers make the transition from stop to stop, because at every level, the message and the throwing programs are essentially the same.

The Angels got a couple of gifts from the Nationals. The team has been winning, but the offense has been an issue....

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