The Los Angeles Angels could go in a couple different directions at 3B for 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Angels could go the safe route and give the starting 3B job to 31-year old switch hitting Chone Figgins OR they could give 24-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood the starting job and make Figgins into a super utility man like he was when he came up. Figgins played in 116 games for the Angels last season and he was 125 for 453 (.276 avg, .685 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 1 homer, 22 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. He has improved defensively at the hot corner as he only made 6 errors there while showing average range in 105 games last season for the Angels. No matter what the Angels decide to do at 3B look for Figgins to get at least 500 at bats as long as he can stay healthy.

24-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood was once known as a super prospect but the gleam has left him the last couple of years. He played in 55 games for the Angels last season and he was 30 for 150 (.200 avg, .551 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wood only made 2 errors in 32 games at 3B for the Angels last season while showing pretty good range. He also played in 103 games in AAA-ball in which he was 117 for 395 (.296 avg, .970 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 31 homers, 84 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. It might make sense to start Wood at 3B if he has a good spring as the Angels need to replace the power of departed Mark Teixeira.

32-year old Rob Quinlan is still around to back up whoever starts at 3B for the Angels in 2009. He played in 68 games for the Angels last season and he was 43 for 164 (.262 avg, .637 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Quinlan’s not the best defender in the world however as he made 4 errors in 39 games at 3B while showing below average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B-

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