The Angels will likely give 33-year old righty swinging Vladimir Guerrero more time at DH in 2009 to keep him healthy. He only played in 99 games in RF last season for the Angels and he showed below average range while making 4 errors. His arm is still very strong as he had 8 assists in 2008. Guerrero’s bat is his main skill and he can still swing it with the best of them. Guerrero played in 143 games for the Angels last season and he was 164 for 541 (.303 avg, .886 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 27 homers, 91 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Look for him to have another solid season for the Angels.
Juan Rivera, Gary Matthews and Reggie Willits will all likely log time in RF for the Angels in 2009. Rivera will be the DH most of the time for the Angels. He played in 19 games in RF last season making only 1 error but he showed poor range. Matthews played in 43 games in RF for the Angels last season and he only made 2 errors while showing average range. Willits played in 22 games in RF without making an error but he showed pretty poor range there.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A