It looks like Brandon Wood will finally get his shot for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 17 February 2010 at 5:34 pm

24-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood heads into spring training as the starting 3B for the Angels. He will have to play well this spring to keep the job heading into April. Wood played in 18 games for the Angels last season and he was 8 for 41 (.195 avg, .560 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. Wood also whiffed 19 times for the Angels last season and that is way too many. Wood also played in 99 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 113 for 386 (.293 avg, .910 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 22 homers and 72 RBIs. Wood didn’t make any errors in his 9 games at 3B with the Angels and he is a natural shortstop so he should be able to handle the hot corner defensively.

29-year old switch hitting Maicer Izturis will be Wood’s main competition at 3B but the Angels probably prefer him to be the super utility man in 2010. He played in 5 games at 3B for the Angels last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing slightly below average range.

32-year old righty swinging Robb Quinlan will back up Wood at 3B and Morales at 1B in 2010. Quinlan played in 54 games for the Angels last season and he was 28 for 115 (.243 avg, .614 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. The Angels think that Quinlan will bounce back as he has a career .281 batting average with a .734 OPS. Quinlan made 1 error in 9 games at 3B for the Angels last season while showing poor range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: D+

Shortstop belongs to Erick Aybar for the Los Angeles Angels in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 17 February 2010 at 5:19 pm

26-year old switch hitting Erick Aybar took over as the full time shortstop for the Angels last season and he was outstanding. Aybar played in 137 games for the Angels last season and he was 157 for 504 (.312 avg, .776 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 5 homers, 58 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Aybar made 11 errors in 136 games at shortstop last season for the Angels while showing really good range. I look for Aybar to improve in 2010 knowing that Maicer Izturis is clearly behind him on the depth chart.

29-year old switch hitting Maicer Izturis will likely play all over the diamond for the Angels but I have a feeling that he will be playing a lot of 3B this season. Izturis played in 114 games for the Angels last season and he was 116 for 387 (.300 avg, .793 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 8 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Izturis is a natural shortstop so he would fill in for Aybar if he gets hurt in 2010. Izturis played in 28 games at SS last season for the Angels and he made 2 errors while showing poor range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: B

The Los Angeles Angels are in good shape at 2B for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 5 February 2010 at 11:01 pm

The Angels hope that 26-year old righty swinging 2B Howie Kendrick can stay healthy enough to play the whole season in 2010. He has not played in more than 105 games in any of his four years in the majors. Kendrick played in 105 games for the Angels last season and he was 109 for 374 (.291 avg, .778 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 10 homers, 61 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Kendrick not only has a sweet swing but he is a good defensive player too. He only made 4 errors in 95 games for the Angels at 2B last season while showing average range.

29-year old switch-hitting Maicer Izturis took over for Kendrick last season while he was hurt or in the minors. He played in 68 games at 2B for the Angels last season and he only made 2 errors while showing below average range. The Angels are hoping that Izturis can go back to his old role of being a super utility man for them in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: B

Kendry Morales is ready to rock in 2010 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 28 January 2010 at 9:37 am

The Angels finally gave 26-year old switch-hitting Kendry Morales his big shot last season and he ran with it. He played in 152 games for the Angels last season and he was 173 for 566 (.306 avg, .924 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 34 homers and 108 RBIs. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Morales who has the potential to put up even better numbers than he did last season and the Angels hope that is the case. He does need to tighten up his defense a bit as he made 8 errors in 152 games at 1B last season. But that is nitpicking with the best hitter on the team.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR 1B IN 2010: A

It will be interesting to see how the Los Angeles Angels split the playing time behind the plate in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 17 January 2010 at 6:41 pm

28-year old righty swinging Mike Napoli and 26-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis pretty much split the playing time behind the plate right down the middle with Napoli also getting some at bats at DH. With Hideki Matsui in the role of DH this season it appears that Napoli won’t get as many at bats at DH this season. So who will catch more in 2010? Napoli is the better hitter while Mathis is the better defensive catcher so it will be interesting to see what Mike Scioscia decides to do. I would think that Napoli would get more P.T. behind the plate in 2010. He played in 114 games for the Angels last season and he was 104 for 382 (.272 avg, .842 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 20 homers, 56 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He made 8 errors in 96 games behind the plate last season and he also had 5 passed balls last year. He needs to improve on both of those areas. Napoli only threw out 15% of the runners trying to steal against him last season and Angels’ pitchers had a 4.86 ERA with him behind the plate.

Jeff Mathis would be a starting catcher in the majors if he could just hit a lick due to his defense. He played in 84 games for the Angels last season and he was 50 for 237 (.211 avg, .596 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Mathis’ true calling is defense although he could tighten it up a bit. He made 7 errors and he had 6 passed balls in 79 games behind the plate for the Angels last season and that’s not good enough. But, he did throw out 25% of the runners trying to steal on him last season and Angels’ pitchers had a 3.99 ERA with him behind the plate which is pretty impressive when compared to Napoli’s numbers.

26-year old righty swinging Bobby Wilson would get a call to the majors if anything were to happen to Napoli or Mathis. He played in 12 games for the Angels last season and he was 1 for 5 (.200 avg, .600 OPS). He also played in 97 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 96 for 354 (.271 avg, .714 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 8 homers and 55 RBIs. Wilson didn’t make any errors or have any passed balls in 11 games behind the plate for the Angels last season. He was 0 for 1 in throwing out base stealers last season but Angels’ pitchers liked throwing to him as they had a 3.00 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2010: C

Will Vladimir Guerrero hold up in RF for the Los Angeles Angels in 2009?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at 8:14 pm

The Angels will likely give 33-year old righty swinging Vladimir Guerrero more time at DH in 2009 to keep him healthy. He only played in 99 games in RF last season for the Angels and he showed below average range while making 4 errors. His arm is still very strong as he had 8 assists in 2008. Guerrero’s bat is his main skill and he can still swing it with the best of them. Guerrero played in 143 games for the Angels last season and he was 164 for 541 (.303 avg, .886 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 27 homers, 91 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Look for him to have another solid season for the Angels.

Juan Rivera, Gary Matthews and Reggie Willits will all likely log time in RF for the Angels in 2009. Rivera will be the DH most of the time for the Angels. He played in 19 games in RF last season making only 1 error but he showed poor range. Matthews played in 43 games in RF for the Angels last season and he only made 2 errors while showing average range. Willits played in 22 games in RF without making an error but he showed pretty poor range there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

Center Field is looking “Gold” for the Los Angeles Angels in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at 8:08 pm

33-year old righty swinging Torii Hunter is back for the Angels in CF in 2009 and that’s a sight that pitcher’s love to see. Hunter didn’t make any errors in 137 games in CF for the Angels last season while showing above average range. He’s always on Sportscenter making awesome catches and he will likely win another Gold Glove in 2009 for the Angels. Hunter played in 146 games for the Angels last season and he was 153 for 551 (.278 avg, .810 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 21 homers, 78 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Hunter is probably the best all-around player that the Angels have to offer and he will have another good year for them in 2009.

34-year old switch hitting Gary Matthews will back up Hunter in 2009 unless he gets traded. He played in 127 games for the Angels last season and he was 103 for 426 (.242 avg, .676 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 8 homers, 46 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He made 4 errors in 31 games in CF for the Angels last season but he still has very good range in CF. Look for his playing time to decrease if he’s still with the Angels in 2009.

28-year old switch hitting Reggie Willits will have a much bigger role for the Angels in 2009 if Matthews is indeed traded. Willits played 9 error-free games in CF for the Angels last season while showing average range. He played in 82 games for the Angels last season and he was 21 for 108 (.194 avg, .552 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Angels expect Willits to hit more like his career averages of .273 with a .698 OPS.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

How will Bobby Abreu handle his move to LF in 2009?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at 8:01 pm

35-year old lefty swinging Bobby Abreu has been pretty much a right fielder his whole career but he’ll be playing in LF for the Angels in 2009. He played in 150 games in RF for the Yankees last season and he only made two errors but showed below average range. He did have 10 assists while playing RF last season but the Angels just hope he can handle the routine plays in the field. The reason they signed Abreu was for his bat. He played in 156 games for the Yankees last season and he was 180 for 609 (.296 avg, .842 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Look for him to be a impact hitter in the Angels lineup more than replacing the departed Garret Anderson’s numbers.

Gary Matthews, Reggie Willits or Terry Evans would likely replace Abreu when he needs a day off. Matthews played in 37 games in LF for the Angels last season and he made 2 errors while surpisingly showing below average range. Willits didn’t make any errors in LF while playing 30 games there but he also showed below average range.

26-year old righty swinging Terry Evans is running out of time to still be considered a prospect. He played in 50 games in Rookie+ AAA ball last season going 52 for 186 (.280 avg, .790 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Evans played in 8 games in 2007 for the Angels in which he was 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .595 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+

Juan Rivera will likely get his big chance in 2009 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 12:18 pm

The Angels re-signed 30-year old righty swinger Juan Rivera to starter type money meaning he will likely get his big chance as the full time DH for the Angels in 2009. He played in 89 games for the Angels last season and he was 63 for 256 (.246 avg, .720 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 12 homers and 45 RBIs. He has played in 555 games in his major league career and he has a batting average of .284 with a .799 OPS so the Angels are expecting good numbers from him in 2009. Think 25 homers and 90+ RBIs as long as he plays full time.

Veterans Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Abreu and Chone Figgins could get some at bats here as the Angels try to keep them healthy.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

The Los Angeles Angels could go in a couple different directions at 3B for 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Angels could go the safe route and give the starting 3B job to 31-year old switch hitting Chone Figgins OR they could give 24-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood the starting job and make Figgins into a super utility man like he was when he came up. Figgins played in 116 games for the Angels last season and he was 125 for 453 (.276 avg, .685 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 1 homer, 22 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. He has improved defensively at the hot corner as he only made 6 errors there while showing average range in 105 games last season for the Angels. No matter what the Angels decide to do at 3B look for Figgins to get at least 500 at bats as long as he can stay healthy.

24-year old righty swinging Brandon Wood was once known as a super prospect but the gleam has left him the last couple of years. He played in 55 games for the Angels last season and he was 30 for 150 (.200 avg, .551 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wood only made 2 errors in 32 games at 3B for the Angels last season while showing pretty good range. He also played in 103 games in AAA-ball in which he was 117 for 395 (.296 avg, .970 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 31 homers, 84 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. It might make sense to start Wood at 3B if he has a good spring as the Angels need to replace the power of departed Mark Teixeira.

32-year old Rob Quinlan is still around to back up whoever starts at 3B for the Angels in 2009. He played in 68 games for the Angels last season and he was 43 for 164 (.262 avg, .637 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Quinlan’s not the best defender in the world however as he made 4 errors in 39 games at 3B while showing below average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B-

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