The second team from the AL comes off the board today with #23 in our Pre Spring Training MLB Power Rankings it’s the Halos the Los Angeles Angels.
Projected Record: 79-83 4th in the AL West
Potential Lineup: 3B Escobar #0, RF Calhoun #56, CF Trout #27, DH Nava #25, 1B Cron #24, SS Simmons #2, LF Cunningham #54 ,C Perez #58, 2B Giavotella #12
Potential Rotation: 1.Richards #43, 2.Weaver #36, 3.Wilson #33, 4.Heaney #28, 5.Shoemaker #52
Potential Bullpen: CL Street #16, 8th Smith #38, 7th Salas #59 Mid Relief: Alvarez #48, Albuquerque #62, Santiago #53 Guerra #62
Potential Bench: C Soto #18, IF Pennington #7, OF Gentry #3, IF Man-Choi #44
Injuries: 1B Pujols #5
After finishing with the best regular season record in the majors in 2014 the Angels had a disappointing 2015 as they missed out on October by just one game winning 85 games a 13 game decrease from 2014. Moving onto 2016 there are a lot of question marks surrounding the Halos epically with their offense. The good they have the best player on the planet in Mike Trout just age 24 Trout already owns an MVP award and has been a runner up every year in his career as he is a five tool player who can hit, hit for power, run, field, and throw. They have a pretty solid Right Fielder in Kole Calhoun who slugged 26 long balls and 83 RBI’s in 2015, and acquired third basemen Yunel Escobar coming off a season where he hit for an average of .314. The bad almost every other position. Albert Pujols will be out for the beginning of the season after a comeback 2015 in where he slugged out 40 homers and knocked in 95 runs. With Pujols being out the Halos will turn to bats like C.J. Cron, and Daniel Nava to help fill the shoes that Pujols will leave for sometime. The Angels also hope the bottom of their order can provide sometime of production but on paper it just does not look like that will happen the team finished 20th in runs scored a year ago and figure them to be around the same if not worse this upcoming season. As for the starting rotation the Angels finished middle of the pack 13th in starters ERA and with virtually the same rotation heading into 2016 the stats shouldn’t be too different. Though LA would love to see Garrett Richards have a big season after his ERA grew from 2.61 in 2014 to 3.65 in 2015. LA will also look for once rookie of the year runner up Matt Shoemaker and youngster Andrew Heaney to produce at the bottom of their rotation, as the middle guys Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson both are exiting their prime. The Halos bullpen finished 18th in bullpen ERA in 2015 and will look to improve in 2016. However other than bringing in AL Alburquerque ex Tiger who has had his struggles the Halos did not make any significant moves to improve their pen. Leaving closer Huston Street and set-up man Joe Smith with a big task of having huge seasons in order for the team to close out games. It seems the 2016 Angels are simply not going to have enough pop in their lineup even when Pujols comes back and with too many pitching questions it looks like the Halos may miss out on October again in 2016.