Angels Announce First Lineup of 2017!

Updated: February 25, 2017

Yes, yes, it’s just a Spring Training game, but it’s still the Angels‘ first lineup of the season! With this being the first game of the season, there will be no Mike Trout, no Kole Calhoun, no Albert Pujols, No Danny Espinosa, No Cameron Maybin, and no Yunel Escobar. It’s still exciting to get our first taste of Angels’ baseball, and there’s still a lot to look for in this game! Here’s what the lineup will look like:

Andrelton Simmons SS

Ben Revere LF

C.J. Cron 1B

Luis Valbuena DH

Carlos Perez C

Eric Young, Jr. CF

Kaleb Cowart 3B

Ryan LaMarre RF

Rey Navarro 2B

This is why you shouldn’t read too much into Spring Training results; half of these players will not be on the major league roster this season, so it’s not like competition is very stiff. But the top half of the lineup are all locked into roles on this team, and players like Cron and Perez are going to be relied upon to take big steps in their development for the Halos. It’ll be interesting to see Simmons in the leadoff spot, and if he’s looking capable of boosting in on base percentage. Cron and Valbuena will be battling for a starting spot all Spring so keep an eye on what they’re able to do right from the start. Revere will be pushing Maybin in left field so Revere will have to get off to a fast start to have any chance, and Perez will need to show he’s made strides in the offensive end to warrant more playing time behind the plate.

Cowart will also be looking to prove he’s capable of being a solid utility infielder in the majors, and he’ll need to prove it in the batter’s box. The rest of these players are mostly just fillers, but they’ll also be out to prove something and earn a position on this team. That may be a long shot, but at the very least these players represent organizational depth, something this team has lacked for years, so it’ll be important to see what kind of talent the team will have waiting in the wings in case of injuries. Our first taste of baseball is here, another Halos’ season begins!


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