The Angels spent a lot of money last winter on free agents, hoping to win the A.L. West, but it just didn’t happen. The Angels finished in 3rd place in the A.L. West with a 89-73 (54.9%) record, 5 games behind the A’s. Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts for the Angels in 2012, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Mike Trout – 21-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout didn’t start the 2012 season with the Angels, but he more than made up for lost time when they called him up. Trout played in 139 games for the Angels last year and he was 182 of 559 (.326 avg, .963 OPS) with 129 runs scored, 30 homers, 83 RBIs and 49 stolen bases. Trout is probably the best all-around player in the majors right now.
Best Pitcher: Jered Weaver – 30-year old righty Jered Weaver turned in another incredible year for the Angels in 2012. He pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He worked 188 2/3 innings in which he gave up only 147 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 142 batters, which is pretty impressive. Weaver will be a finalist for the Cy Young Award in the A.L. in 2012.
Biggest Surprise: Kendry Morales – 29-year old switch-hitting DH Kendry Morales came back healthy in 2012 after missing a year and a half due to a badly broken ankle. Morales played in 134 games for the Angels last year and he was 132 of 484 (.273 avg, .787 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 22 homers and 73 RBIs.
Biggest Disappointment: Jordan Walden – 24-year old righty reliever Jordan Walden saved 32 games in 2011. But, he was injured part of 2012 and he got into manager Mike Scioscia’s Dog House, losing his closer’s job. Walden pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with 1 save, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.