The Angels expected a lot more out of 33-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols than they got in 2012. Pujols played in 154 games for the Angels last year and he was 173 of 607 (.285 avg, .859 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He played in 120 games (118 starts) at 1B for the Angels last year and he had 7 errors. Pujols has now played in 1,859 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 2,246 of 6,919 (.325 avg, 1.022 OPS) with 1,376 runs scored, 475 homers, 1,434 RBIs and 92 stolen bases. The Angels hope that Pujols gets back to being the hitter that they thought they were getting when they signed him up as a free agent last winter. 27-year old righty swinging Mark Trumbo is going to be the starting DH for the Angels in 2013, but he can switch with Pujols to give him a rest once in a while. Trumbo played in 21 games (16 starts) for the Angels at 1B last year and he didn’t make any errors.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013: A