The Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels have played almost 60 seasons of baseball. As the baseball world is suspended due to circumstances outside its control, it is time to look back at the history of this organization. There have been many talented players to put on the uniform, and we at Crashing the Pearly Gates wish to highlight the best who have ever represented the Angels. Without further ado, here we go!
#100 – Juan Beniquez, OF
Juan played for the Angels in the outfield from 1981-1985. Signed as a free agent, he accumulated 3.3 bWAR with the team. His hitting was clearly his strong suit, as his offensive WAR was 4.6 during that period. This may be why he was a DH at the end of his run with the team.
He had his best seasons in Anaheim, with 3 seasons of an OPS+ over 100, with a peak of 128 in 1984 at the age of 34. That season he finished 25th in the AL MVP race, hitting 8 home runs and posting an .822 OPS. With a .293/.342/.397 slash line, he was mostly a spray hitting OF, spending some time at DH.
Beniquez had the 34th all time Angel career OPS at .739 with the 22nd best OBP at .342. He played in the 1982 ALCS vs the Brewers but didn’t have a PA in that series. With the 7th best batting average Halo at .293, for such a short tenure, he has written himself into the Halos history wall and will be there for years to come.