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Angels to recall Brad Hawpe tomorrow

Jun 7, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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The Angels signed Brad Hawpe, who at one time was a consistent 25-home run threat with the Rockies, to a Minor League deal back in April. With Triple-A Salt Lake, the 33-year-old lefty broke out, hitting .305 with a .909 OPS in 153 plate appearances. Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times tweets that the Angels will promote Hawpe to the big league squad prior to tomorrow’s double-header with the Red Sox.

Hawpe hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011 with the Padres, when he hit .231 with a .645 OPS in 216 plate appearances. He had spent a vast majority of his playing time in right field, but with Salt Lake, he started 23 of 37 games at DH, nine games in right field, and five at first base.

  1. andreweac - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Hawpe >> Albertross or Hamilton for a fraction of the cost.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      CERTAINLY agree on Hawpe > Hamilton. Albert is still a smart player, veteran leader, so he has SOME value. Hamilton Is an excuse machine that needs to have a babysitter so he doesn’t self destruct….so ANYTHING > Hamilton.

    • tuberippin - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      In terms of WAR vs. salary? Sure.

      In terms of raw production? Brad Hawpe hasn’t been a league-average offensive player since 2009. He was never good at hitting lefties (he’s a lefty batter), but since 2009 his ability to hit righties has dropped noticeably, which was what put him out of a job (especially since he doesn’t have sufficient defensive skills to stick in the majors without league-average or better hitting).

      Josh Hamilton is falling apart and is overpaid, but he’s still good, just declining similar to Ryan Howard (although RyHow is hitting a little better this year). A lot of it comes to down to being too free-swinging at pitches, particularly those out of the zone, for Hamilton.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Test him.

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