26-year old switch hitting Erick Aybar took over as the full time shortstop for the Angels last season and he was outstanding. Aybar played in 137 games for the Angels last season and he was 157 for 504 (.312 avg, .776 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 5 homers, 58 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Aybar made 11 errors in 136 games at shortstop last season for the Angels while showing really good range. I look for Aybar to improve in 2010 knowing that Maicer Izturis is clearly behind him on the depth chart.
29-year old switch hitting Maicer Izturis will likely play all over the diamond for the Angels but I have a feeling that he will be playing a lot of 3B this season. Izturis played in 114 games for the Angels last season and he was 116 for 387 (.300 avg, .793 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 8 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Izturis is a natural shortstop so he would fill in for Aybar if he gets hurt in 2010. Izturis played in 28 games at SS last season for the Angels and he made 2 errors while showing poor range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: B