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Angels lineup & rotation 2020


Angelsjunky

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So its the slow time of the year for baseball, that awful yawning void between the Winter Meetings and Spring Training, so I thought I'd offer a "fun thread" or two. Here's the idea for this one: What do you think the Angels team will look like in 2020? That's five years from now (I can't believe "2020" is just five years away!). It is the last year of Trout's contract, second-to-last for Pujols - the two are the only Angels signed through 2020 (not counting club-control and arbitration).

 

Now of course what the team will actually look like is anyone's guess. Players are traded, free agents are signed. But for this exercise, build a team with existing parts - meaning, prospects. I'll start, with 2020 age in parentheses:

 

Lineup

CF - Miguel Hermosillo (25)

SS - Roberto Baldoquin (26)

LF - Mike Trout (28)

3B - Yoan Moncada (25)

1B - Kole Calhoun (32)

2B - Alex Yarbrough (28)

DH - Albert Pujols (40)

RF - Natanael Delgado (24)

C - Jett Bandy (30)

 

UT - Sherman Johnson (29)

 

OK, I cheated by putting Moncada in there - but one can dream, right? I think realistically Pujols will have either retired or be benched by then, but I put him in just for the helluva it. I'm guessing that Cron is gone and that Cowart won't become a serviceable major league third baseman. I love the idea of a Trout-Hermosillo-Delgado outfield, but it is perhaps assuming a lot that both Hermosillo and Delgado pan out. And of course I'm guessing that five years from now Trout will have transitioned to LF, but that might not be until later.

 

Rotation

The rotation is a lot harder to envision as pitching is so volatile. One would think that the rotation would start with Heaney and Newcomb, who would be 29 and 27 respectively, but after that it is anyone's guess. Richards (32) and Shoemaker (33) will be well into their 30s and Richards possibly gone to free agency. Who knows how Skaggs (28) will be doing. Ricardo Sanchez will be 23 (yes, he's that young) and possibly ready, but it is a long way between now and the major leagues for him. Will Hunter Green come back? Will Joe Gatto or Chris Ellis pan out? Other names: Austin Wood, Nick Tropeano, Victor Alcantara, Kyle McGowin, Nate Smith, etc.

 

I suppose that if I had to pick five, it would be this:

 

Richards, Heaney, Newcomb, Skaggs, Sanchez

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Not even going to try on the lineup, mostly because no team is fully homegrown anymore. But I will offer some limited guesses.

1. Pujols will call it quits before age 40. His production just isn't where it was, and I think 4 years from now, he'll walk away completely.

2. I can see Trout, Calhoun, Baldoquin, Yarbrough and Bandy still here in 5 years and still playing every day.

3. I think Stamets and Perez will be on the bench. They both offer too much defensive value.

4. That rotation looks amazing. Richards will be reaching his final years as an ace before becoming a mid-rotation starter. Nuke and Heaney will be a couple of LH number 2's, both Skaggs and Sanchez will be number 2/3's.

5. I'll do you one better, the bullpen. Bedrock, Morin, Rasmus, Wood, Alcantara, Gott and DeLoach.

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I didn't bother with the bullpen because it is the most changeable, unpredictable part of the team. But I do agree with you that Bedrosian will eventually figure it out and be the closer.

 

I agree re: Pujols, and of course I agree that no team is fully homegrown - but it is fun to play make-believe. Chances are, though, that there will be at least two or three imports in that lineup.

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i remember when the year 2000 seemed like it would never come and here we're discussing 2020.... I like the way the team is set up now. Youth is wasted on the young.

Just keep Dipoto around and the Angels will be looking good. Don't go crazy at the trade deadline and wait for a strong FA class next year.

As suggested above, I think the 2020 25 man roster will have 15-20 names from the current 40 man. i haven't been this excited since Patti McGuire was a centerfold.

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Reading that 2020 is only 5 years away is crazy. Especially if youre old enough to remember y2k and 'party like its 1999'.

And seeing pujols in that lineup really slams home how....unwise that contract was.

Seeing that trout will only be 28 is weird to see too

 

I remember when 1999 seemed so far away

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I'd be surprised if Pujols called it quits by then. Would you walk away from 90 million dollars?

He will. Thats obviously a ton of money to leave on the table, but he also has career numbers to worry about. In all honesty it could come before most are thinking. The closer his career average gets to .300, the sooner he hangs it up.

And remember...in terms of the 90 million...upon retirement he gets 10 a year as artes 'assistant' or whatever in the front office.

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He will. Thats obviously a ton of money to leave on the table, but he also has career numbers to worry about. In all honesty it could come before most are thinking. The closer his career average gets to .300, the sooner he hangs it up.

And remember...in terms of the 90 million...upon retirement he gets 10 a year as artes 'assistant' or whatever in the front office.

It's quite possible he may negotiate a buyout but he isn't walking away from $90M. He gets $1M a year for ten years when his contract expires.

3 down 7 to go

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What makes you say that Trout is going to take over the 3rd spot next year? And even if he did, (and he absolutely will not), why would a 40 year old Pujols re-take the 3rd spot from a 28 year old Trout in 5 years?

Well Scioscia said that Trout will be batting third sooner rather than later. I think we will see that Joyce batting 2nd and Trout 3rd. My point is guys like you who say absolutes about Scioscia are wrong more often than not.

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