The Los Angeles Angels finished the first half with a 44-49 record (47.3%), which has them in third place in the A.L. West, 11 games behind the A’s. They are also 9 games behind the Rays and Rangers for the Wild Card Spots in the A.L. Here is a look at the guys that made the biggest impacts for the Angels in the first half of the 2013 season, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Mike Trout - 21-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout is having another rock solid year for the Angels. He has played in 92 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 119 of 370 (.322 avg, .964 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 15 homers, 59 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Trout also has 29 doubles and 8 triples so far this year as he is hitting everything hard!
BIGGEST SURPRISE: J.B. Shuck - 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder J.B. Shuck was a long shot to make the team this spring. He has played in 67 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 58 of 197 (.294 avg, .714 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 0 homers, 20 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Shuck has been a big time asset for the Angels so far in 2013.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Josh Hamilton - The Angels broke the bank to sign 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton last winter, and he’s mailing in his performance so far in 2013. Hamilton has played in 89 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 76 of 339 (.224 avg, .696 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 14 homers, 39 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Hamilton has looked helpless at the plate at times as he has whiffed 95 times while only walking 26 times so far this year.