Daniel Stange is a journeyman minor league pitcher who was released by the Padre organization a little more than a month ago. The Angels signed him for Triple-A duty at Salt Lake City, and with the current state of their pitching staff, decided to recall him to the big club, despite less than impressive numbers. He got into last night’s game in Texas, in the bottom of the 10th inning of an 11-11 tie, his first major league appearance since pitching four innings (giving up six runs) for Arizona in 2010. He faced four batters last night, retiring one, giving up two walks, and a three run, walk-off home run to Leonys Martín.
Least you forget, it was just the night before that Geovany Soto hit a walk-off ninth inning home run off of Ernest Frieri, that followed by not much more than a few seconds a game-tying homer from A.J. Pierzynski. Not to be left out last night, it was again Frieri
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|who had given up the game-tying 11th Texas run with two out in the bottom of the ninth, and it was Soto who hit a three-run home run in the eighth to bring the Rangers within one run of a tie.
So who is the biggest hero in Texas now, Soto, Martin, Frieri, or is it Stange?
As the Angels free-fall into oblivion, the race to populate the roster with the likes of Stange and other Triple-A vets like Tommy Field and J.C. Gutiérrez continues, as after (or during?) the game, the
Angels traded away another player who until now had been a regular, third baseman Alberto Callaspo. This deal, however, could be a good one. Callaspo played a lot of third for the Angels over the past four seasons, but to say they were never enamored with him would be an understatement. He always seemed like a placeholder until the real third baseman showed up. They sent him to Oakland, where they intend to make him the regular at second base, whee he as not played an inning since 2010. In return, the Angels received a good prospect, 6′ 3″ second baseman Grant Green.
At 6′ 3″ he seems a bit big for a second baseman, and that is reflected in his power stats, having hit as many as 20 home runs in a minor league season. He was hitting .325 at Sacramento, and I would not be surprised to see him at Anaheim soon, and although he’s only played a dozen games at third over five minor league seasons, I sort of expect to see him playing there at some point soon. When you think about it, who else will play third, Fields? Luis Jimenez? Mark Trumbo?