The Angels are hoping that 29-year old switch-hitting Erick Aybar can play better than he did in 2012 in 2013. Aybar played in 141 games for the Angels last year and he was 150 of 517 (.290 avg, .740 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 8 homers, 45 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He played in 139 games (137 starts) at SS for the Angels last year and he had 15 errors while showing off pretty good range. Aybar has now played in 770 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 749 of 2,691 (.278 avg, .706 OPS) with 353 runs scored, 32 homers, 251 RBIs and 98 stolen bases. 27-year old lefty swinging Andrew Romine, 25-year old righty swinging Thomas Field and 32-year old switch-hitting Luis Rodriguez are going to duke it out for the backup infielder job this spring. Only Romine played SS in the majors last year. Romine played in 8 games (4 starts) for the Angels at SS last year and he had 1 error there while showing out of this world range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: B