28-year old switch-hitting Erick Aybar had his best season in 2011 and the Angels are hoping for more out of him in 2012. Aybar played in 143 games for the Angels last year and he was 155 of 556 (.279 avg, .743 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 10 homers, 59 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He has now played in 629 games in his first six years with the Angels and he is 599 for 2,174 (.276 avg, .699 OPS) with 286 runs scored, 24 homers, 206 RBIs and 78 stolen bases. Aybar had 13 errors in 142 games at SS for the Angels last year and he showed off pretty darn good range. Aybar is a player on the rise for the Angels as he keeps getting better.
31-year old switch-hitting Maicer Izturis is Aybar’s top backup. He played in 16 games at SS for the Angels last year and he had 1 error while showing pretty good range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: B