Our latest Dodgers player profile brings us to the newest player to the team's 40-man roster, Matt Angle. The 26-year old speedy outfielder was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on February 23, two days after the reporting day for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
Angle was born and resides in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University. He was drafted by Baltimore in the seventh round in the 2007 MLB draft. Throughout his minor league career, he has stolen bases at a high rate (90% last year, 82.4% in his career) and shown the ability to take a walk. Here are his walk rates throughout his career:
- 16.4% of his plate appearance in low A ball in 2007
- 12.5% of his plate appearances in High A ball in 2008
- 10.8% of his plate appearances in High A & Double A in 2009
- 10.0% of his plate appearances in Double A & Triple A in 2010
- 9.6% his plate appearances in Triple A in 2011
Sure, he is 26 already and stuck behind several outfielders on the Dodgers. But for extra depth, especially if the Dodgers end up losing fellow outfielder Trent Oeltjen, who has no options remaining, one could do worse than having Angle at the ready in Triple A should one of the outfielders be hurt for a significant period of time.
Angle was called up in mid-July in 2011 for Baltimore, and went hitless in his first 13 at-bats before collecting his first major league hit off of Anthony Swarzak on August 25.
Angle hit his first (and to date, only) major league home run off Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers on September 24, then later in the game drove in the winning run with a squeeze bunt.
Angle used one option year in 2011 in Baltimore, and has two option years remaining. He has 43 days of service time.
|2010 (AA / AAA)
|2012 Projections - Age 26 Season|
I think Angle opens the season in Triple A, but will see at least a Hoffmannian total of plate appearances, hitting ..247/.321/.316.
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