Rankings, strategies and projections help fantasy owners on draft day, but a look at Major League rosters, sprinkled with some spring training nonsense, can change your perspective on certain sleepers and busts.
Let’s review the Anaheim Angels.
Angels catchers are not going to make roster cuts easy this spring. Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger are crushing, but Jeff Mathis is doing nothing but playing well enough to keep his starting job. Mathis and Wilson have had good springs in the past, but it never translates into the regular season. Conger is the future and the Angels could deal Wilson or Mathis before the season starts.
Abreu at DH
The acquisition of Vernon Wells in the offseason means Bobby Abreu will be the likely fixture at DH. If Kendrys Morales comes back at less than 100% and the Angels need to give him some DH time it’ll be interesting to see how they shuffle. Abreu could play right and Torii Hunter could slide to center. That would cost Peter Bourjos, a sleeper extraordinaire with extraordinary speed, ABs.
MLB.com has 25-year-old Mark Trumbo penciled in as the No. 2 1B right now. He’s got four bombs already this preseason. He could help ease the pain if Kendrys’ wheel is still flat. Again, with Abreu at DH, where do they find room for Trumbo’s bat if he earns a roster spot? More missed opportunities for Bourjos?
Written on hopeful spring training paper with spring training ink, Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pineiro and Scott Kazmir is a formidable rotation. Having studs like Weaver and Haren at the top makes a difference.
The bullpen has the potential to be a treasure trove of saves and holds in 2011. The current closer, Fernando Rodney, is unlikely to hold the job all season. His competition have a lot of eighth-inning holds on their resumes, but not much closing experience. Scott Downs is probably first in line. Hisanori Takahashi saved eight of eight last season, so he’s got potential. Kevin Jepsen only saved one of his six tries last season, but piled up 27 holds. Meanwhile, closer of the future Jordan Walden is waiting patiently.
What have you seen out of the Angels this spring? What position battle or player are you watching?