25-year old Erick Aybar and 28-year old Maicer Izturis are both switch hitters who will likely share the shortstop position for the Angels in 2009. Aybar played in 98 games for the Angels last season and he was 96 for 346 (.277 avg, .698 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 39 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Aybar made 18 errors in 96 games at shortstop last season for the Angels but he still showed good range.
Maicer Izturis played in 79 games for the Angels last season and he was 78 for 290 (.269 avg, .691 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 3 homers, 37 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Izturis showed average range in 52 games at shortstop last season for the Angels while making only 2 errors.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C