33-year old righty swinging Torii Hunter is back for the Angels in CF in 2009 and that’s a sight that pitcher’s love to see. Hunter didn’t make any errors in 137 games in CF for the Angels last season while showing above average range. He’s always on Sportscenter making awesome catches and he will likely win another Gold Glove in 2009 for the Angels. Hunter played in 146 games for the Angels last season and he was 153 for 551 (.278 avg, .810 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 21 homers, 78 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Hunter is probably the best all-around player that the Angels have to offer and he will have another good year for them in 2009.
34-year old switch hitting Gary Matthews will back up Hunter in 2009 unless he gets traded. He played in 127 games for the Angels last season and he was 103 for 426 (.242 avg, .676 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 8 homers, 46 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He made 4 errors in 31 games in CF for the Angels last season but he still has very good range in CF. Look for his playing time to decrease if he’s still with the Angels in 2009.
28-year old switch hitting Reggie Willits will have a much bigger role for the Angels in 2009 if Matthews is indeed traded. Willits played 9 error-free games in CF for the Angels last season while showing average range. He played in 82 games for the Angels last season and he was 21 for 108 (.194 avg, .552 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Angels expect Willits to hit more like his career averages of .273 with a .698 OPS.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A