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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » 2013 » January » 16

The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for a bounce back year out of Chris Iannetta in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 9:55 am

29-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta missed half of last season due to injury, but, the Angels are hoping for him to have a full workload in 2013. Iannetta played in 79 games for the Angels last year and he was 53 of 221 (.240 avg, .730 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 9 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 537 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 389 of 1,650 (.236 avg, .780 OPS) with 223 runs scored, 72 homers, 262 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Iannetta can give the Angels solid power at the back end of the batting order if he can just stay healthy in 2013. He played in 78 games (71 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 8 passed balls. He threw out 13 of 59 (22%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.90 ERA with him behind the plate. 29-year old righty swinging John Hester, 24-year old switch-hitting Hank Conger and 32-year old switch-hitting Luke Carlin will duke it out in spring training for the right to back up Iannetta in 2013. Hester played in 38 games for the Angels last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 92 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 208 (.216 avg, .642 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Hester played in 38 games (27 starts) behind the plate for the Angels last year and he had 0 errors and 1 passed ball. He only threw out 3 of 33 (9.1%) base stealers, but pitchers had a 3.97 ERA with him behind the dish. Conger is the guy the Angels would like to step up. He played in 7 games for the Angels last year and he was 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .405 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 67 games in AAA-ball last year for the Angels in which he was 78 of 264 (.295 avg, .821 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 10 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Conger has now played in 79 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 224 (.201 avg, .610 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. Conger played in 7 games (6 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 1 error and 0 passed balls. Conger threw out 2 of 8 (25%) base stealers last year and Angels’ pitchers had a 4.75 ERA with him behind the dish. Carlin played in 4 games for the Indians last year and he was 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .500 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He also played in 62 games in AAA-ball for the Indians last year in which he was 52 of 206 (.252 avg, .703 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers and 27 RBIs. Carlin has now played in 56 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 25 of 140 (.179 avg, .549 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Carlin played in 4 games (3 starts) for the Indians last year and he had 1 passed ball. He didn’t throw out any of the three base stealers that challenged him and Indians’ pitchers had a 6.68 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C+

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