#97 - GREG MINTON, P
Ranked #93 in our post-2005 Top 100 Angels list (LINK)
Greg Minton put in some great years of relief pitching for the Angels. In my 2008 write up of him (linked above) I casually pointed out that a few more good seasons of Jose Arredondo might bump Minton off the list. If to underscore the difficulty of a middle reliever actually cracking this list, Minton is still here and Arredondo long moved on from the club.
In the post-2005 write-up (linked above) is a splendid career recap of Minton (penned by Rob McMillin, aka scareduck), pointing out most spectacularly that the Angels got him after he was released from the Giants - so think of "Moon Man" Minton upon the occasion of a weird pickup of a guy you never heard of that some other team is finished with. Perhaps that pickup will accrue 5.1 WAR in 260 innings pitched like the Moon Man. Perhaps he will have a 0.1 HR/9 like the Moon Man accrued in 79 IP in 1988.
If there had been a wild card in 1989 (Minton's best season as an Angel and one of the best ever by a middle reliever in club history), the 91-Win '89 Angels could have put some post season innings under Minton's belt, but it was a different game back then, a different time. Still, The Moon Man still remains one of the 100 best of all time.