The Los Angeles Angels have high expectations for Josh Hamilton in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 28 February 2013 at 3:42 pm

The Angels stole 31-year old lefty swinging Josh Hamilton from the division rival Texas Rangers.  They have high expectations for him in 2013.  Hamilton played in 148 games for the Rangers last year and he was 160 of 562 (.285 avg, .930 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 42 homers, 128 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He played in only 2 games in RF last year for the Rangers.  He did played in 84 games (52 starts) in LF last year and he had 3 assists and 3 errors there while showing off good range.  Hamilton should be an excellent defensive RF for the Angels.  He has now played in 737 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 858 of 2,825 (.304 avg, .913 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 161 homers, 553 RBIs and 43 stolen bases.  25-year old lefty swinging Kole Calhoun could win a bench job for the Angels this spring.  He played in 21 games for the Angels last year and he was 4 for 23 (.174 avg, .457 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He played in 14 games (1 start) in RF for the Angels last year and he had 0 assists and 0 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Calhoun also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 122 of 410 (.298 avg, .877 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  A+

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