Handicapping the Halos 2B battle

Angels, Second Base, Spring Training
The battle for second base is on!  We are about 1/3 of the way through spring training, and we've had a good look at the contenders so far. I think it's likely that one of the four will get the starter role and another will end up as utility man who can also play SS and 3B. INN Chances PO A E DP RangeFactor Giavotella 26 17 5 12 4 2.43 Featherston 29 16 5 9 2 3 2.00 Rutledge 29 15 4 11 2 2.50 Green 14 8 3 4 1 0 2.33 Judging by these fielding stats, someone seems to have no love for my favorite, Grant Green.  He has only played HALF of the innings any of these other guys have seen.  What's the deal with that?…
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Angels Opening Day Roster Predictions

Angels
It's a bit of a crap shoot still, but there are some certainties, some highly-likley and some what Scioscia will probably do.  Let's take a look at how the Active roster will/should look on opening day. Position Players Catcher (2) -  Chris Iannetta is a no brainer here.  Let's hope he has another great season and so far by the looks of his bat in spring training, he's heading in the right direction.  Despite being one of the worst players to ever swing a bat, Drew Butera could land the backup job for his defensive skills.  My hope is that Carlos Perez will impress in spring training and land the backup job.  Sadly if I had to bet, I'd go with Butera since I'm pretty sure they got him for…
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Angels Spring Training – Relief Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Spring Training
There is a slew of relief pitchers in training camp (10) with most of them bound to end up in AAA or AA.  This last issue of spring training player review looks at this 10 guys and their chances of playing on the active roster for a substantial portion of 2015 (let's say 20+ innings). Cesar Ramos 246 big league innings have mostly been a mixed bag for Ramos.  A career 3.90 ERA and 1.36 with a BAA of .245.  Nothing overwhelming for sure.  Ramos hasn't pitched in the minors since 2012 and has a shot at the Angels bullpen mostly because he is a lefty with experience.  His odds are high, despite competition in the pen.  Ramos has also pitched 1 perfect inning so far in Tempe. 2015 Active…
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Angels Spring Training – Starting Pitchers

Angels, pitching, Spring Training
There are essentially 9 starting pitchers in Tempe for 5 spots.  Since Garrett Richards is set to start the season on the DL, there will be 7 pitchers vying for those 5 spots (at least for the first few weeks of April).  Let's take a look at all 9, along with the chances of making a substantial number of starts in 2015 (10+ games or so) Andrew Heaney If you are going to trade away Howie Kendrick, then have a lot of faith in the pitcher you get for him.  Heaney is not only a top Angels prospect, but a top 25 prospect in all of MLB.  He has had a very impressive and short minor league career but a very disappointing 29 big league innings with Miami last year (5.83…
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Angels Spring Training – Catchers + Outfield

Angels, Spring Training
The Angels have 4 catchers in Tempe, along with 6-8 outfielders (depending on how you count them).  If you count Josh Hamilton but NOT Grant Green, then you get 7.  If you don't count Hamilton (not actually in Tempe) OR Green (trying out for second base spot) then you get 6.  The combinations continue, so let's leave it at that.  I've also broken down their percent chance of being on the active roster for a substantial portion of the season. Jett Bandy Bandy, along with Drew Butera and Carlos Perez, is vying for the backup cacher spot.  He spent the last two season in AA with the Travelers and due to the fact that he is a top prospect (ahead of Johnny Giavotella by some counts), he could have a…
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