Angels Spring Training – Infielders

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Ten infielders have journeyed to Diablo Stadium in Tempe.  Most notably, are four second basemen though one of them (Grant Green), is listed as an outfielder.  Let’s break them all down, including chances of staying on the 25-man Active roster 2015 (for 50%+ of the year). Erick Aybar This one is a no brainer and Aybar had a career year last year with highs in runs, RBIs, hits, walks, games played and a trip to the All Star Game.  The only real question is - who will be he flipping double plays with? 2015 Active Roster Chance: 100% C.J. Cron This big lovable goof looks more like a computer nerd than a pro baseball player but he can sure hit the crap out of a ball when he's not busy free swinging…
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Angels Spring Training – Non Roster Position Players

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The Angels have invited 11 non roster position players to join them in sunny Tempe this spring.  Some names you have probably heard of, and others not so much.  Let’s break them down, including chances of a roster spot (at any point) in 2015. Charles Cutler - C Cutler was signed to a minor league contact with a Tempe invite.  He has decent numbers with 7 seasons in the minors batting .304 and he only strikeouts about once every 8 at bats.  Cutler can also play 1B and OF, the later of which is odd for a catcher who has no speed (8 SB in 7 years). Cutler is one of many catchers the Angels signed this past off season. 2015 Roster Chance: 0% Stephen McGee - C Picked in the…
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Angels Spring Training – Non Roster Pitchers

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The Angels have invited 12 non roster pitchers to join them in sunny Tempe this spring.  Some names you have probably heard of, and others not so much.  Let's break them down, including chances of a roster spot (at any point) in 2015. Trevor Gott Gott is a 23-year old reliever who came over to the Angels from the Padres as part of the Huston Street trade.  He has converted 22 of 29 saves in his short minor league career and amassed 101 Ks through 96 innings along with a 1.21 WHIP.  In 2014 he had a pretty average K/BB ratio of 2.4. Gott only has 29 inning at the AA level (the rest A or below) so it's highly unlikely he makes an opening day roster but he could have a…
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Angels Position Players report to Spring Training – UPDATED

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It's official - all the Halos are now in Tempe.  Well, maybe not all of them (Looking at you Josh Hamilton).  First, a list of ALL 63 players invited to spring  training, including 23 non-roster invitees and all 40 on the active roster.   UPDATE:  As of 3/16/15 there are now only 51 players in camp.  Changed noted below. 58 Jose Alvarez Pitcher Active Roster 68 Cam Bedrosian Pitcher Active Roster 28 Andrew Heaney Pitcher Active Roster 60 Jeremy McBryde Pitcher Active Roster 64 Mike Morin Pitcher Active Roster 63 Vinnie Pestano Pitcher Active Roster 37 Cesar Ramos Pitcher Active Roster 46 Cory Rasmus Pitcher Active Roster 65 Danny Reynolds Pitcher Active Roster 43 Garrett Richards Pitcher Active Roster 51 Drew Rucinski Pitcher Active Roster 59 Fernando Salas Pitcher Active Roster…
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Double Play Duo

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Every Angels fan wants to know: Who is going to turn all those double plays with Eric Aybar this year?  Aybar and Howie Kendrick had been together in some way or form since they came to the Angels organization in 2002 and have been turning double plays for the better part of 7 or 8 years.  While Kendrick goes to the Dodger to work with a veteran double play partner in Jimmy Rollins, Aybar will have to work with young blood, which is not necessarily a bad problem since the Angels have 4 players eager to prove their worth and surely they will all be working hard to be there on opening day.  For their part, the Angels will be working out  Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor…
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Calling Angel #5

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Angels pitchers and catchers report tomorrow.  Finally!  It's the start of the 2015 baseball season and I am ready for it.  There certainly are a few question marks in a mostly unchanged Angels lineup, including: Will Josh Hamilton be anywhere NEAR his prediction of a .300/30HR/100 RBI season? (nope) Who will play second base? (more on that soon) Who will win the 5th spot in the Angels rotation? Today, let's look at the third unknown on this list - who will win that 5th rotation spot? The Angels rotation will likely look like: Jered Weaver Garrett Richards CJ Wilson Matt Shoemaker Hector Santiago, Nick Tropeano, or Sean Andrew Heaney Questions about Richards recovery aside (he is doing great so far), and which version of CJ Wilson will we get in…
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