Angels in good hands as shortstop with Orlando Cabrera

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 26 February 2007 at 11:48 am

32 year old Orlando Cabrera had one of the best seasons of his career last season and the Angels need him to do it again. Cabrera hit .282 with 95 runs scored, 9 homers, 72 RBIs, 27 steals and a .738 OPS last season. His defense was a little suspect as he made 16 errors and his range looked a little short last year. Look for Cabrera’s defense to be improved this season and he should hit at least as well as he did last year.

26 year old Maicer Izturis will be the main back up for Cabrera. He played in 10 games at shortstop last season and made 1 error. He should be able to handle shortstop easily on defense and hit a little bit if the Angels need him to play a lot here.

23 year old shortstop Erick Aybar would probably get the call to the majors if something happened to Cabrera or Izturis. Aybar has a career minor league batting average of .311 with 179 steals in 543 games. He also played in 34 games for the Angels last season and hit .250 with a .575 OPS. Aybar played in 19 games and made 4 errors for the Angels at shortstop last season. I would think that it was just nerves, but he made a lot of errors in the minors so he will have to improve on defense to stick in the majors. He will hit though.

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