Angels Notes: Carlos Perez looks to reclaim spot in majors

first_imgCHICAGO — Remember Carlos Perez?In 2015, Perez hit a homer in his big league debut and ended up taking Chris Iannetta’s job as the everyday catcher, earning the opening day nod in 2016.At the time, he looked like he might be the Angels’ answer behind the plate, at least for a few years.But Perez lost much of his playing time to Jett Bandy in 2016, then to Martin Maldonado after the Angels acquired him. This season, Perez spent almost the entire year in the minors, with Juan Graterol taking the backup spot in the big leagues. Perez is currently in the majors as a September call-up, but he’s batted just three times in four games in September. For the season, he has one hit in just 16 at-bats. “He did catch well down the stretch in 2015, but he hasn’t taken the next step to do the things you see Martin doing and some other catchers,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday. “He’s growing in that area. We still obviously see the potential. Hopefully he’s going to reach that potential.”Scioscia said Perez needs to improve his defense, which is obviously critical to the Angels because they kept him in the minors despite significant strides offensively this year at Triple-A.Perez hit .352 with a .423 on-base percentage and a .925 OPS at Salt Lake City.“I just went down there and worked hard and did the best I could to get back,” Perez said. “I tried to use the whole field, go the other way a lot.”Perez, who was up briefly in April before going down for nearly five months, understands that the defense is what needs work. He also said he tried not to get frustrated with the lack of a promotion earlier in the year. “It’s something I can’t control,” he said. “When the opportunities come, I just have to do my best and show the people that I can play.”ARMS FOR THE FUTURERelievers Noé Ramirez and Blake Wood, both of whom remain under control to the Angels next season, have made a good impression on Scioscia with their September call-ups.Ramirez, a 27-year-old product of Alhambra High and Cal State Fullerton, has allowed one run in eight innings, with 10 strikeouts. Ramirez has stranded nine of 11 runners.“He’s got some real good breaking pitches, a sneaky fastball a lot of deception,” Scioscia said.Wood, 32, has allowed eight runs in 14 innings, but seven of those were in two games. He has 19 strikeouts. Wood is less likely to return to the Angels, though, because he’d be arbitration eligible.HEANEY UPDATEAndrew Heaney said his bullpen session went well, but Scioscia said the Angels hadn’t decided if he would start on Thursday. Heaney has missed nearly three weeks with shoulder inflammation.If the Angels decide not to have Heaney start, they will have another bullpen game, likely with Bud Norris taking the ball first.ALSOC.J. Cron stretched his drought to 0-for-20 before an infield hit in the seventh inning…Parker Bridwell has not allowed a stolen base this season. His straight starts without allowing a steal is the longest streak to start an Angels career since Tommy John…Mike Trout has four hits against the White Sox this season, and all are home runs…center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Latest bankers survey indicates shrinking rural economy

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates a shrinking rural economy, and three-quarters of bankers said President Donald Trump’s trade policies are having a negative effect on their local economies.The Rural Mainstreet survey released Thursday shows the its overall index falling from an already anemic 50.2 in July to 46.5 this month. Any score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says trade tensions “are driving growth lower for areas of the region with close ties to agriculture.” Goss also noted that despite negative consequences from tariffs, nearly 7 of 10 bank CEOS surveyed support either raising or continuing the Trump administration’s current tariffs.Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.last_img read more