What to Expect From the Angels in Spring Part 1

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Updated: February 1, 2017

With less than two weeks away till pitchers and catchers report to spring training, there is plenty to expect from our Angels when they arrive in Tempe.

The first thing is, will how will good Garrett Richards be? Recently recovering from an early injury of last season. Being treated via stems cells worked out for the Angels ace. Richards made a dramatic recovery and has pitched in a few simulated games, where he clocked in the 97-95 range. Spring training gives him the ability to regain control and test the strengths of his arm, without injuring it again(hopefully).

In addition to the rotation, the Angels are looking for a 5th man until Andrew Heaney recovers from Tommy John. We’ll see plenty of pitchers on the 40-man reaching for a starting spot. The top two contenders are Alex Meyer and Jesse Chavez. Meyer is the top candidate, in 25 IP he struck 20 batters. The 27 year old is batting for a spot in the big leagues and has the best chance. In spring we expect a lot of strikeouts and pitch count management. The only silver lining with Meyer is he walks too many batters. In 25 IP he walked 17 batters, in spring we’ll see if he gained control of his stuff.

Then next to have a chance is Jesse Chavez. Although he spent 2016 in the pen preformed average. He definitely contend for a spot. All we think his he will be a middle reliever guy and nothing more.

The next hot topic is left field. The biggest hole in the Angels lineup. Now the Angels made significant moves to improve by trading for Cameron Maybin who patrols all outfield positions really well. Despite suffering a wrist injury early last season, Maybin batted a career best .318 while hitting four homers, 43 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases in just 94 games. We’ll get a great preview of Maybin’s value in spring training. Maybin will mostly hit for contact. Picture him hitting in the two spot. Getting on base and stealing bases to set up for the middle part of the lineup.

The  Competition grows larger, as the Angels signed free agent Ben Revere. Revere will be looking for a bounceback season with the Angels, after he slumped in 2016. What we expect from Revere is to be a great lead off hitter. He makes great contact with the ball and walks more than he strikes out. Revere has a career 190 stolen bases. With the playing time he receives we expect him to add on the stolen bases. Something the Angels have lacked is someone to create chaos on the base paths.

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