The Angels finally gave 31-year old righty swinging Juan Rivera a full time job in 2009 and he ran with it. Rivera played in 138 games for the Angels last season and he was 152 of 529 (.287 avg, .810 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 25 homers and 88 RBIs. Rivera not only was a good hitter as he was a solid fielder in 2009 as well. Rivera played in 124 games in LF last season and he made 2 errors while showing good range. He also had 10 assists while playing LF showing off a very strong throwing arm.
28-year old switch hitting Reggie Willits will likely be the Angels’ #4 OF in 2010 so he will likely get some P.T. in LF in 2010. He played in 27 error-free games in LF last season for the Angels but he showed pathetic range. Willits is a natural CF so look for him to improve his defense in 2010.
35-year old lefty swinging Hideki Matsui will be the full-time DH for the Angels in 2010 but he would like to play a few games in LF. It will be interesting to see if the Angels grant him his wish or not.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B