The Angels will likely go with 28-year old switch-hitting Kendry Morales as the starting DH in 2012 if he’s healthy. He missed the entire 2011 season as he continues to recover from a badly broken ankle. His big year in 2009 showed what he can do when healthy. He played in 152 games for the Angels in 2009 and he was 173 of 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers, 108 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Morales has now played in 330 games in his first six years with the Angels and he is 323 of 1,136 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 155 runs scored, 57 homers, 192 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Morales will be the starting DH for the Angels if he can get healthy.
37-year old lefty swinging Bobby Abreu looked his age last year for the Angels. He played in 142 games for the Angels last year and he was 127 of 502 (.253 avg, .717 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 8 homers, 60 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Abreu has played in 448 games in his first three years with the Angels and he is 438 of 1,638 (.267 avg, .779 OPS) with 238 runs scored, 43 homers, 241 RBIs and 75 stolen bases. Abreu has now played in 2,247 games in his first 16 years in the majors and he is 2,384 of 8,128 (.293 avg, .878 OPS) with 1,412 runs scored, 284 homers, 1,325 RBIs and 393 stolen bases. The Angels are likely going to try to deal Abreu before opening day.
If Morales isn’t healthy on opening day, Mark Trumbo could be the starting DH. He has a lot of power and could excel in that role.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DH IN 2012: B