Coming off a year where they didn’t make the postseason but they got back in the mix, the Angels have a very good team. They have been one of the better teams in the American League over the past decade but had seen a decline in the last couple of years. They are back in a big way with the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. This is a look at their 40 man roster in regards to fantasy baseball. I hope you enjoy my article and all the other Dos and Don’ts that me and my colleagues have been working diligently on.
Do take Albert Pujols as your number one pick. I know this is pretty obvious, I am sure some people would debate this a little but to me there is no other choice. He has clearly moved to the top of the pack as the best player in baseball right now. I wouldn’t start my team with anyone else. Pujols last year hit 299 with 37 homeruns and 99 RBI. That for him isn’t a great year, he got off to a slow start. I would have him on top of my list for the number one pick if I could get it or at least the first pick I make.
Don’t make the same mistake the Angels made with Vernon Wells. I wouldn’t go near this guy, he isn’t even close to the same guy he was in Toronto. I don’t know what happened to him but once he got to Anaheim he became a complete bust. The Angels made a big mistake with him, don’t you do the same. He hit 218 last year with 25 homeruns and 66 RBI.
Do take whoever you can out of the Angels starting rotation. I would go ahead and say they have the best rotation in baseball or at least the American League. You can choose from Jared Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren. That is a bunch of very good pitchers. I would take any one of them on my team. Wilson might be the worst out of that bunch and he signed a big contract but I still wouldn’t mind him on my team. Haren is an innings eater, a throwback pitcher who will complete games and win you 15-20 games with a low three ERA. Santana can win you 12-15 games with a mid to low three ERA. Weaver should be able to win close to 20 games and have an ERA in the two’s.
I would look at the flip side and say their weakness though is their bullpen. There isn’t much that I would like to take from that group for my fantasy team. Scott Downs, LaTroy Hawkins they are on the downsides of their career. Hisanori Takahashi is a swing pitcher but he is average at best. Kevin Jepsen didn’t pitch much last year and when he did it was bad. He had his best year in 2010 but that was a 3.97 ERA. That isn’t what you want to see from a reliever. Jordan Walden had a good year last year but can he keep it up?? He was 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 32 saves last year.
Howie Kendrick is a guy I Do like. Kendrick always murders the Yankees so to me he is like a Lou Gehrig type player. I have seen him so many times and he is always getting hits when I see him. Kendrick is a good second baseman with some power and some speed. He wouldn’t be my first pick for second base but I would put him on that next tier list and watch him. He may even be a good bench player if I was able to pick up someone better.
Don’t pick a catcher off of their team. Chris Iannetta was signed in the offseason but he isn’t anything to be excited about. Bobby Wilson had a terrible year last year and Hank Conger wasn’t much better. Iannetta is the best out of this bunch and his line last year was 238, 14, 55 and a 370 on base percentage.
I would say Peter Bourjous would be a DO for your bench. Bourjos is a decent hitter and he has speed. He will steal you some bases. He also has some power. Last season he hit 271 with 12 homeruns and 43 RBI. He had a 327 on base percentage and stole 22 bases.
Do not take Bobby Abreu even as a DH. His better days are definitely behind him. Abreu last season hit 253 with eight homeruns and 60 RBI. He still was able to have a 353 on base percentage and steal 21 bases.
Do take a look at Torii Hunter. He isn’t what he used to be but he is still a productive player. I would look at him as a reserve outfielder or DH. He hit 262 but still had 23 homeruns and 82 RBI. I like him a lot and always felt he was a little underrated. He is a very good defensive player as well.
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