That was quick. Seems like bags were just packed for Arizona and now they are being packed back up to come home. Cactus League action wraps up tomorrow and the Angels host the Dodgers on Sunday night to kick off the Freeway Series.
The next time you read Weekend Links, the regular season will be in full swing.
All the talk recently about the Angels has been about the bullpen. Joe Maddon calls it “shutdown” and says it reminds him of 2002.
It would be easy to dismiss this talk as a manager being infatuated during the Spring. But outside observers are saying the same.
And Perry isn’t done. He added Wander Suero on a minors deal yesterday. Consider Suero and the recently optioned Wantz are better than many guys who have been on our MLB roster in recent years.
Our sixth best bullpen ranking matches the prediction we’ll see the sixth best WAR from third base. I’ll gladly take a 4 WAR season from Rendon this year.
One area the Angels should have locked down is center field. Fangraphs again projects Mike Trout to lead all center fielders in WAR . I’ll take the over on their 6.4 prediction, though.
Predictions on the Opening Day roster and overall record are all over the place. 85-77 seems like a reasonable jumping point, and I think CBS nailed the roster. I also think Detmers starts in AAA as our only semblance of depth.
The concept of pitching depth might sound foreign around here. But the all pitching draft class is already shaping the Angels farm.
A big part of the Angels success or failure will be the youngsters. Jo Adell has opened eyes with improvement this spring. Add this to his solid September last year and there’s reason for hope.
Adell is considered one of baseball’s former top prospects facing a make or break year. I’m glad Perry left Adell down in AAA last year despite injuries at the big league club. Perry played the long game and Adell likely benefitted.
Meanwhile Brandon Marsh is being labeled as a sleeper for fantasy leagues. A high line drive rate, low pop up rate, and elite foot speed will do that.
Around baseball there are some feel good stories.
And as we all know, Albert Pujols will retire after this last dance with the Cardinals. He is retirement age, after all.
Enjoy these last few days before the games matter. Watch what should be an epic Final Four. Post your winners and anything I missed below.