Who Will Be On The Halos’ Bench This Season?

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Updated: March 28, 2017

The Angels full Opening Day roster has yet to be revealed at this point, but that should not come as too major of a surprise. Their man in charge, Mike Scioscia, tends to be more deliberative when it comes to making the big ticket decisions.

It is safe to say that all the clues are not out there in the open. However, one of the more surefire elements of their team right now appears to be who will be coming off the pine to start the year. After the team cut six players yesterday, the following names will likely fill this particular role.

Ben Revere – Revere was originally picked up in order to be the primary backup outfielder for the Halos. Be that as it may, he has made a quite case to be their starter. Through yesterday, Revere has batted .422 this spring and driven in seven runs in the process. He has also swiped four bases and has managed to draw eight walks as well. Such numbers do not technically mean too much at this exact interval, but Revere has clearly exceeded expectations.

If Ben continues this torrid pace into April, it is possible that Cameron Maybin’s starting spot may be in jeopardy. Maybin has shown that he has wheels with four stolen bases of his own, yet his bat has practically been ice cold all spring. More was certainly expected from him when the Angels acquired him in the winter. For his sake, hopefully the trend reverses once the regular season rolls in.

Jefry Marté – Marté had a surprisingly good season last year in a relatively small amount of time. In terms of collecting 15 homers and 44 RBIs, many wonder what could have been possible if he played a full year with the club. Suffice to say, there has definitely been a carryover effect in spring. Through yesterday, Jefry has chipped in with a healthy .311 average, whilst accumulating three dingers and 13 RBIs.

Many souls were not too sure whether he would make the roster due to the presence of Yunel Escobar and Luis Valbuena. It is not to say that the versatile ballplayer was unworthy, yet a lot of it boiled down to finding the requisite room. Additionally, the aforementioned Escobar and Valbuena both possess greater experience. Scioscia is generally softer with respect to veterans—it is just the way the skipper is. However, once Valbuena underwent a hamstring injury, the odds of Marté making the 25-man roster elevated like crazy.

Cliff Pennington – Pennington was a virtual lock to be on the Opening Day roster no matter what going into Spring Training. Given that this is his second year of a two-year pact, it was essentially inevitable. Once he started to perform, though, it became a literal lock. He has batted over .400 during these practice games and has thus been about as productive as one could have hoped for.

What is important to bear in mind, too, is what he provides on the field. He is one of the only guys on their roster who can successfully play multiple infield positions aside from the previously referenced Marté. Features along these lines are not too commonplace, and it only adds to Cliff’s overall stock. It is accurate to conclude that Pennington is going nowhere anytime soon.

Carlos Perez – This one is a bit of a coin flip. Regardless of that being so, Martín Maldonado should be Los Angeles’ starting catcher in 2017. Even though Maldonado has struggled mightily at the plate this spring, his sensational defense and cannon of an arm have likely been enough proof that he is the worthier candidate in the deck.

It is not fair to assert that Perez has no value or anything like that. His defense has been rock solid as well. The last pair of years have shown that Perez’ offensive production has been extremely sporadic, which is largely why he may be the secondary option in the earlier vestiges of the season. They may be more willing to see if Maldonado’s offensive numbers can rise when the games truly count. Things could always have a way of flip flopping as time progresses. This appears to be the most logical, pragmatic scenario for now, though.

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