The Angels Showing Many Positive Signs.

Updated: March 16, 2017

We’re right around halfway through Spring Training, so it’s a perfect time to take account of some positive signs we’ve seen this Spring, of which there’s been many! That’s exactly the kind of thing Angel fans wanted to see, and even though it may end up meaning nothing once the season starts, it’s still nice to have some positive signs, especially if they do end up rolling into the season when the games matter and people are actually trying.

One of the biggest positives has been health; there were a lot of question marks surrounding players the Angels couldn’t afford to lose again if they wanted to contend. Garrett Richards is the number one positive, no question, bouncing back from an elbow injury without requiring Tommy John surgery. Richards has pitched multiple times with no problem, and touched ninety-seven on the radar gun in today’s outing. That’s music to the Halos’ ears, as they desperately need him to pitch like an ace to give this rotation a boost. Matt Shoemaker has also pitched with no problem after his injury last season, and has pitched well, and even Tyler Skaggs bounced back and pitched yesterday after being scratched from his last scheduled start. Albert Pujols required offseason foot surgery and his availability for Opening Day was in question; instead, he’s already played in a handful of games and has looked as healthy as he ever has for the Angels.

The Angels are also receiving breakout Springs from C.J. Cron, Ben Revere, and Jefry Marte, and if they can carry that momentum into the season the Angels will be as deep as they have been in a very long time. The Halos suffered when key players went down to injury last year, but they’ve done a good job of building up some depth around the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, and if the Angels can carry role players like Revere and Marte who can contribute in limited roles and step in if necessary, they’ll take a huge leap forward from last season.

The pitching staff also looks to be much deeper and stronger than last year, and new additions, as likely back-end starters Jesse Chavez and Ricky Nolasco have put together strong Springs and new additions Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit look ready to contribute either in the rotation or the bullpen. Speaking of the bullpen, Bedrosian also appears to be healthy and ready to contribute, and he’s the likely starter with Huston Street expected to start the season on the disabled list. The Angels have a plethora of pitchers who can pitch out of the bullpen, and their depth looks considerable if everyone pitches to their capability in the regular season. So far this Spring, the signs there are good.

The Angels look to have made serious positive developments in multiple areas, but none are as pronounced or as important as the added speed and strong defense the Angels obviously have now. Players like Danny Espinosa, Cameron Maybin, and Revere bring plus defense in the field and considerable speed on the base paths, something the Halos haven’t had for years. It’s been a trademark of successful Angel teams, and this current iteration has plenty of it. If the Angels are able to carry these positive signs into the regular season, expect them to contend.

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