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Angels Minor League Report: Trevor Bell's AAA debut a success

AAA Salt Lake Bees, 38 and 32

Trevor Bell, rhsp9 IP, W, 2 hits, 0 ER, 4 K/0 BB

Bell made pitching in the PCL look easy, facing the minimum while yielding only two hits and one hit batsman through nine. This season’s increase in velocity and command has raised Bell's ceiling to potential mid-rotation workhorse in the big leagues.

Brad Coon, cf - .483/.516/.586 with 1 Dbl, 1 Trpl, and 7 runs

After a miserable May slump, Coon is back to raking. With his speed, left-handed clutch bat, OBP skills, and the ability to play center, he'd make a fine fourth outfielder, especially in the National League.

Brandon Wood, 3b, ss.379/.379/.690 with 4 Dbls, 1 Trpl, 1 HR, and 7 RBI's

Walks were down, K's were up. Still showing loads of power.

Matt Brown, 4 C - .391/.462/.565 with 1 Dbl and 1 HR

After being the king of consistency in his eight year minor league career, Brown has been intermittently slumping since his sizzling spring training. He's currently a valuable insurance policy for the Halos, but I bet he's wishing for a change in scenery.

AA Arkansas, 27 and 40

Tim Kiely, rhsp 16 IP, 1 W, 10 hits, 6 ER, 17 K/3 BB

O'Sullivan and Bell got all of the ink for their respective debuts, but how about Kiely's complete game effort for the Travs last Monday? He transformed from A-ball innings eater into the next coming of Nolan Ryan (not to belittle the difficulty of eating innings in the California League!). Looks like the nerves caught up with him in his second start last night, but he recovered from a rocky first three innings, and the Travs picked him up with a stunning eighth inning comeback.

Jordan Walden, rhsp6.2 IP, 1 L, 7 hits, 1 ER, 6 K/3 BB

The May elbow injury cost him a shot at AAA, but Walden looks dominant so far in June. His ERA for the month is 1.02, his K per nine is over 11, the opposition is batting .219 against him and his ground out to fly out ratio is back up to a strong 1.42.

Tommy Mendoza, rhsp13 P, 1 W, 1 L, 9 hits, 4 ER, 12 K/5 BB

The numbers may not bowl you over, but Mendoza’s consistency demands recognition: he’s put up quality starts in eight of his last nine games. His season ERA now sits at 3.05.

High A Rancho Cucamonga, 30 and 39

Alex Torres, lhsp 14 IP, 2 W, 9 hits, 14 K/2 BB

The plummet in his walk rate from 6.3 per 9 IP in April and May to just under 2 per 9 in June helped Torres lower his season ERA to a stellar 2.79. Despite giving the opposition more strikes, he’s remained very difficult to hit – the opposition’s batting just .170 against him this month. That's testament to the quality of his stuff. Kiely’s ability to go deeper into games may have earned him the earlier promotion, but Torres is looking every bit as ready for AA.

Ismael Carmona, rhrp 3 IP, 3 Sv, 0 hits, 5 K/1 BB

Carmona slammed the door shut in a series of tight Quakes victories this week.

Jeremy Thorne, rp8.1 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 9 K/5 BB

Thorne's a 23-year-old groundball guy who worked primarily out of the pen in Cedar Rapids before this week's promotions opened up a rotation slot in Rancho. He's experienced success at every level since the Halos drafted him in the 29th round last year, so the Halos FO will likely continue to challenge him.

A Cedar Rapids, 40 and 29

Ryan Chaffee, rhsp12 IP, 1 L, 7 hits, 3 ER, 12 K/4 BB with a season ERA of 2.83

Manaurys Correa, rhsp7 IP, 1 W, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 K/1 BB with a season ERA of 3.74

Will Smith, lhsp14.1 IP, 1 W, 10 hits, 6 ER, 14 K/4 BB with a season ERA of 3.69.

Seems like I write about these guys every week, so I won't say anything more than gee-wiz, have we got pitching depth in the lower minors.

Matthew Crawford, of .360/.360/.440 with 1 Trpl, 7 RBI's, and 4 SB's

Crawford had an 11 game hit streak running before going 0 for 3 last night.

DSL Angels, 10 and 8

Eswarlin Jimenez, lhsp – 7 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 5 K/0 BB

Jiminez is a 17-year-old, 6’ 1" southpaw. Right now, he’s the youngest pitcher in the DSL Angels’ rotation, so he’s one to keep an eye on.

Angels’ Draft Picks, College World Series

Josh Spence – 14 IP, 15 hits, 4 ER, 16 K/5 BB with a 2.57 ERA over two games

Spence pitched two gritty games against North Carolina. He didn’t figure in either decision, but the Sun Devils won both of them. The soft-tossing lefty threw 122 pitches in the first game, and 126 in the second on only three days rest, so he’s fully stretched out, to say the least.

Carlos Ramirez - .188/.350/.375 with 1 HR , 3 RBI’s, and 4 BB’s in 4 games.

Ramirez was no doubt disappointed with his offensive output for the series, despite the impressive patience and power. The big picture, however, is compelling: the man caught each of ASU’s 62 games this season while anchoring the team’s lineup with a regular season line of .349/.462/.674 and 18 home runs