• Angels trim spring roster by five

    News: The Angels reassigned right-handers Ryan Brasier, Travis Chick, Tommy Mendoza, Bobby Mosebach and Rafael Rodriguez to minor league camp Monday.
    Analysis: These pitchers figure to be nothing more than low-end middle relievers for the deepest of AL-only leagues that use true middle men, if they get time on the roster this season. Ignore them on Draft Day.
  • Angels announce slew of invites

    News: The Angels have invited the following players to major league spring training as non-roster invitees: catchers Hank Conger, Anel De Los Santos, Alberto Rosario and Brian Walker; outfielders Cory Aldridge, Brad Coon, Jeremy Moore and Michael Ryan; infielders Alexi Amarista, Ryan Mount, Efren Navarro, Abel Nieves, Gary Patchett, Andrew Romine, Hainley Statia and Nate Sutton; and pitchers Ryan Brasier, Ryan Chaffee, Tyler Chatwood, Travis Chick, Michael Kohn, Tommy Mendoza, Kevin Nabors, Trevor Reckling, Francisco Rodriguez, Will M. Smith and Andrew Taylor.
    Analysis: Conger, Chatwood, Reckling, Mount and Statia are long-term prospects worth watching this season. None of these players projects to make the team out of spring training, so they can be avoided in most Fantasy leagues on Draft Day.
  • Mendoza gets 50-game suspension

    News: Angels minor league pitcher Thomas Mendoza has received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine.
    Analysis: Mendoza has long-term potential, but he won't be a factor until mid-2009 at this point -- and then he might merely be a middle reliever. Ignore him at this point.
  • Angels hand out spring invites

    News: The Angels invited OF Curtis Pride, RHP Ryan Aldridge, RHP Nick Green, RHP Marcus Gwyn, RHP Matt Hensley, RHP Tommy Mendoza, RHP Robert Mosebach, RHP Casey Olenberger, RHP Alex Serrano, RHP Matt Wilhite, C Tim Duff, C Brent Del Chiaro, C Ben Johnson, C Flint Wipke, INF Thomas Eylward, SS Sean Rodriguez, INF Casey Smith, INF Hainley Statia, OF Nathan Haynes and OF Aaron Peel to spring training.
    Analysis: All of these players spent last season in the Angels system and will likely be minor league depth, nothing more. Ignore all of them on Draft Day.
  • Adenhart, Mendoza make strides

    News: MLB.com reports Nick Adenhart and Tommy Mendoza have both made strides in Angels camp. Both hurlers have live arms with good fastballs. "These are two young guys that we brought in for the experience of having them be around major league camp and seeing their arms and let them get into drills with our guys," manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's as much us wanting to see them as their experience here. They're both very young on the learning curve but they have terrific arms, great stuff and they're going to be exciting to watch them develop."
    Analysis: Adenhart and Mendoza are both headed to the minors once camp breaks and have no immediate value in seasonal AL drafts.