Let’s assemble the best possible Angels team by letter of the alphabet to begin a player’s last name. Today is the scrap heap, the letters that so few Angels have had begin their last name that a team could not be fielded. Those letters are: i – Q – U – Y and Z. No Angel has ever played with the last name starting with “X” yet.
7 men whose last name started with “i” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
5 men whose last name started with “Q” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
2 men whose last name started with “U” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
5 men whose last name started with “Y” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
2 men whose last name started with “Z” played major league baseball in an Angels uniform.
C – Chris Iannetta
1B – Robb Quinlan
2B – Tim Unroe
3B – Maicer Izturis
SS – Jose Iglesias
OF – Justin Upton
OF – Eric Young Jr.
OF – Chris Young
DH – Eddie Yost
Raul Ibañez doesn’t make the cut with his 53 OPS+ as an Angel. Highest OPS+ here is 106 by Upton. Iannetta’s 105 OPS+ the only other one above the 100 average.
SP – Geoff Zahn
SP – Mel Queen
SP – Jose Quintana
RP – Raisel Iglesias
RP – Cliff Young
Not a lot to pick from but Zahn, Raisel and Cliff Young all had an ERA+ over 100 while pitching here.
This is the final installment of this feature, it was a fun time and maybe during this season we will see a good performance by a player with a letter starting their last name and can speculate if they make their alphabetical team. Or of course, the opposite… there may be obscure Angels from the past who suddenly shine when compared to a tanking contemporary. But let’s keep hope alive as we go through the dregs of the alphabet.
I hope you had as much fun exploring the possibilities as we had in reading them. 🤓
Time for a championship bracket to find a winner.
The missing X seems like a recruiting opportunity – we need to round out the set.
The return of 1944 Leovigildo Xiques?
Thanks for doing this. I really enjoyed seeing each installment. And got reminded of a few names from long ago.
Indeed…fun stuff Rev!!
Still upset Terry Forster wasn’t in the Fs……
Maybe they got confused and put him in in the T’s for Tub of Goo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL20VgJ7JM8
I saw the title and immediately thought of Izturis and Zahn – great job, Rev!
Good to see the Q-Dog at 1B!