3 Angels That Need to Prove Their Value This Spring

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Updated: February 15, 2017

We’re nearing the beginning of Spring Training games, and while the Angels have improved over off-season. There are still plenty of players that need to prove their worth to the organization in 2017.

Tyler Skaggs

The Angels drafted left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut in 2012, but struggled to find success. Skaggs has played in parts of four seasons with the Angels and has yet to find consistent success.

In 2016 Skaggs went 3-4 4.17 ERA in 10 starts with the Angels. He battled injuries throughout the season. Skaggs pitched much better in the minors, posting a 1.60 ERA in nine starts last season. Translating his success in the minors to the Major Leagues has been difficult.

Skaggs has posted a 4.60 career ERA in 41 starts with the Angels. He’ll need to prove he’s a reliable starter this spring or else he could be looking at a bullpen role or even a trade.

Huston Street

A horrendous 2016 campaign opened the door for closer competition this spring. Huston Street went 3-2 6.45 ERA in 26 games with nine saves. It was big far his worst year of his career, and it might have cost him his job as the Halos closer. The 33-year-old has one-year left on his contract, and will need to prove his worth this spring.

Veteran Andrew Bailey and breakout reliever Cam Bedrosian will put pressure on Street in camp. Bailey looking to keep his MLB career alive, and performed well with the Halos last season. Bedrosian looking to add-on after a strong campaign in 2016. Street is eligible for free agency next year, and doesn’t have the velocity like many other closers. He needs to prove that he’s still a valuable MLB pitcher.

Kaleb Cowart

The Angels have been patiently waiting for Kaleb Cowart to become an everyday Major League player. They drafted him in the first round of the 2010 amateur draft. Cowart is hitting .176 in two stints at the MLB level.

The 24-year-old infielder has yet to carve out a role for himself in the MLB. Cowart has the ability to play basically every infield position, and is a switch-hitter. The Angels want to develop Cowart into an everyday player, but he could find a role as a utility player in camp.

Similar to Skaggs, Cowart performs well in the minors and then struggles in the Major Leagues. The clock is ticking for Cowart, and he needs to show the Angels that he has some kind of value this spring. Even as a bench or utility player, Cowart needs to emerge as a useful asset for the Halos this spring.

 

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