35-year old lefty swinging Bobby Abreu has been pretty much a right fielder his whole career but he’ll be playing in LF for the Angels in 2009. He played in 150 games in RF for the Yankees last season and he only made two errors but showed below average range. He did have 10 assists while playing RF last season but the Angels just hope he can handle the routine plays in the field. The reason they signed Abreu was for his bat. He played in 156 games for the Yankees last season and he was 180 for 609 (.296 avg, .842 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Look for him to be a impact hitter in the Angels lineup more than replacing the departed Garret Anderson’s numbers.
Gary Matthews, Reggie Willits or Terry Evans would likely replace Abreu when he needs a day off. Matthews played in 37 games in LF for the Angels last season and he made 2 errors while surpisingly showing below average range. Willits didn’t make any errors in LF while playing 30 games there but he also showed below average range.
26-year old righty swinging Terry Evans is running out of time to still be considered a prospect. He played in 50 games in Rookie+ AAA ball last season going 52 for 186 (.280 avg, .790 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Evans played in 8 games in 2007 for the Angels in which he was 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .595 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+