Mike Trout has certainly made a name for himself with the Angels. Took this pic during the home run derby at the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game at Parkview Field.
Paul McAnulty was selected in round twelve (355th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2002. In 2005, he made his Major League Debut with the Padres and saw Big League action in each of the next three seasons. In 2009, he played at the Triple-A level for both the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies.
With the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2003, McAnulty appeared in 133 games. He hit .273 with 7 homers and 73 RBI while mostly manning the first base and designated hitter roles.
McAnulty is one of five position players from the 2003 squad to reach the Majors. Shortstop Luis Cruz, catchers Colt Morton and Luke Carlin and outfielder Drew Macias being the others. Pitchers, Dale Thayer, David Pauley (who recently made it back with the Mariners) and Jon Huber also made the Majors, for a total of eight from the 2003 Wizards team that lost in the first round of the playoffs.
In 90 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, he hit .233 with 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 48 RBI. In 20 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs, he hit .182 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI.
In the offseason, McAnulty signed with the LAA Angels. He’s appeared in 29 games for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, hitting .360 with eight doubles, four dingers and 26 RBI. In 44 games with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, he hit .331 with three doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 27 RBI.
Today, McAnulty was recalled by the Angels, seeing Big League action for the first time since 2008:
“These guys have been around,” Scioscia said. “They have a little Major League experience, they’ve been playing in Triple-A for a long time. They’re really veteran-type players. Both can swing the bat and that’s something that we need a little depth in right now.”
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Taylor Kinzer achieved a lifelong dream Wednesday afternoon when he signed a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the team’s spring training complex in Tempe, Arizona.
“This is my dream,” Kinzer said after the signing. “It’s what I’ve wanted to pursue my entire life.”
Kinzer will report to a five-day minicamp in Arizona with other Angels draft picks who signed early with the organization. The next stop will be Orem, Utah, where he will suit up for the Orem Owlz, one of the Angels’ two rookie league affiliates.
Opening day for the Owlz is June 23, followed by a two-and-a-half-month season consisting of approximately 80 games.
A right-handed pitcher who played the last two seasons for Taylor University, Kinzer was 8-0 on the mound for the Trojans this past spring as they captured the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament championship and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
“My experience at Taylor has been life-changing,” Kinzer said. “The community is awesome and my team was the best group of guys I’ve ever played with. Coach [Taylor head coach Kyle Gould] has prepared me and pushed me to be the best I can be—both on and off the field. I really respect him and it’s been a blessing to have him as my coach.”
By signing a professional contract, Kinzer will forego his final two years of eligibility at Taylor, but the Angels will help Kinzer financially to complete his Taylor education.
“I definitely had my mind set on playing, but it depended on getting school paid for,” Kinzer said. “When the Angels made that happen, it made my decision that much easier.”
Following the signing, Taylor head coach Kyle Gould had high praise for his former ace.
“I knew when we signed Taylor two years ago, that his goal since he was a little kid was to play professional baseball,” Gould said. “Although we would have loved to have him back for his final two years of eligibility, I couldn’t be happier for Taylor as he has earned the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream of playing professionally as a member of the Los Angeles Angels organization.”
Even with Kinzer’s departure, the family ties to Taylor baseball will continue. Kinzer’s father Matt Kinzer, who played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals, is the pitching coach for the Trojans. He will be joined by Taylor’s younger brother and incoming freshman, Derek Kinzer, this fall.
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Former Wizards and current Angels outfielder, Torii Hunter, has gotten a few headlines this spring. In response to Alex Rodriguez’s admission of steroid use, Hunter expressed his sadness after learning the news. He has known Rodriguez since their teen years while playing in the Junior Olympics.
“With the talent he had, he didn’t have to take anything.”
Last year, Hunter created and staged a national tournament for inner-city youth in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is currently working to rally the troops of friends and fellow players to make it an anual event.
“We had 14 teams flown in from the Bronx, Virginia, the South Side of Chicago, Texas, Florida … all over the country,” Hunter said. “It was a tremendous feeling.
Hunter was also recently a Bad Wax subject.
And according to his newsletter, tonight Hunter “will be participating in CNBC’s airing of “NEWBOs: The Rise of America’s New Black Overclass”; a one hour primetime documentary. The documentary is about the growing wave of young and successful African Americans coming out of the sports, media and entertainment industries.
It’s your chance to learn more about Hunter and take on many subjects. The documentary will premiere Thursday, February 26th at 9PM & 1AM ET on CNBC.
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