29 year old switch hitter Chone Figgins will be the starting third baseman of the Angels this season. The days of him playing all over the field appear to be over. Figgins hit .267 with 93 runs scored, 9 homers, 62 RBIs, 52 steals and a .712 OPS last year for the Angels. Figgins will need to improve his defense at third base as he didn’t show much range and made 10 errors there in 34 games. Look for Figgins to be an average defensive third baseman now that he can concentrate on one position. Look for his batting average to come back up this season and for him to have a good year.
26 year old Maicer Izturis started a lot in the second half of the season at third base, but with the emergence of Howie Kendrick at 2B, Izturis will be the back up at 3B, 2B and SS for the Angels this season. Izturis also had a rough time on defense at 3B as he made 12 errors in 87 games and didn’t show much range there.
30 year old Robb Quinlan also could play some third base for the Angels this season. He played 18 games there last season and only made 1 error even though he doesn’t have much range. He could fill in if the Angels get in a pinch because he’s a good hitter.
26 year old lefty swinging Dallas McPherson will miss the whole season after having back surgery. That is a shame because McPherson played pretty well for the Angels last season as he hit .261 with 7 homers, 13 RBIs and a .776 OPS in 40 games. McPherson didn’t have much range at third and he made 3 errors in 31 games last season. Hopefully McPherson comes back strong in 2008 for the Angels.