Monday, April 4, 2016
Baseball is Back! Wait, Is That Guy One of the Ballplayers?
The 2016 MLB Season is upon us, and the Angels have some new faces this year! Let's get to know them a little better in my quick (read: two sentences or less) new player bios! Sorry, Art Donovan, player weights are not included, but I can assure you that all these guys are one of the players.
Geovany Soto - Catcher: Long-Time Cubs catcher who has spent the last few seasons tormenting Angels fans in Texas and Oakland. Will be alright defensively, mostly there to mentor and develop Carlos Perez. (Related: I miss Chris Iannetta already.)
Andrelton Simmons - Shortstop: The Best Defensive Shortstop in Baseball right now who is improving offensively and is only 27-years-old. Easily the Angels' most important new player.
Yunel Escobar - Third Base: Okay with a glove and a Bat, although he has a knack for getting on base. Can't possibly be worse than David Freese, probably.
Ji-Man Choi - First Base: 24-Year-Old who is getting his first taste in the majors after years in the Marlins and Mariners organizations. Probably will only stick around at this level until Pujols is 100%.
Daniel Nava - Left Field: Had that one good season in Boston. Has hit a ton in spring training but will likely continue to split time in Left Field.
Craig Gentry - Left Field: Had that one good season in Texas. Has great speed, but will be splitting time with Nava.
Al Alburquerque - Reliever: Spent a number of seasons as an inconsistent reliever for Detroit, will now be an inconsistent reliever for Salt Lake City.
I was only going to include players on the opening day roster until I realized that NO new pitchers are on the 25-man roster... so I threw Alburquerque in there since he was the biggest name the Angels added to the bullpen this offseason.
I was going to go into this huge outlook on the season, but decided this was more fun than over-analyzing every little thing trying to figure out if the Angels would win 78 games or 83 games.
If things go well, maybe semi-regular updates will continue, but I'm certainly not promising anything (because then we'd start 5-14 with Trout hitting .178).
Enjoy the 2016 Angels Baseball season!