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Predicting the opening day roster


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https://www.mlb.com/news/angels-opening-day-roster-prediction/c-303768092

CATCHERS
Jonathan Lucroy
Kevan Smith

INFIELDERS
Zack Cozart
Andrelton Simmons
David Fletcher
Albert Pujols
Justin Bour
Tommy La Stella

OUTFIELDERS
Justin Upton
Mike Trout
Kole Calhoun
Michael Hermosillo

UTILITY PLAYERS
Tommy La Stella

STARTING PITCHERS
Tyler Skaggs
Andrew Heaney
Matt Harvey
Trevor Cahill
Jaime Barria

RELIEF PITCHERS
Cody Allen
Ty Buttrey
Hansel Robles
Justin Anderson
Luis Garcia
Cam Bedrosian
Noe Ramirez

INJURED LIST
Shohei Ohtani
JC Ramirez
Keynan Middleton

 
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that's only 24 players listed.  

I think they'll start the year with 8 guys in the pen.  

they're definitely going to need a 5th starter a few times in the first month.  They've got 30 games in the first 32 days.  So my guess is that they'll keep Pena, Trop or Peters on the major league roster for awhile in that they'll definitely need a long man to chip in on that prior to SP being totally ramped up.  

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Catcher

Jonathan Lucroy

Infielders

Justin Bour

Zack Cozart

Andrelton Simmons

Taylor Ward

Outfielders

Justin Upton

Mike Trout

Kole Calhoun

Starting Rotation

Tyler Skaggs

Andrew Heaney

Matt Harvey

Trevor Cahill

Jaime Barria

Bullpen

Cody Allen

Ty Buttrey

Luis Garcia

Noe Ramirez

Cam Bedrosian

Felix Pena

Justin Anderson

Taylor Cole

Bench

Tommy La Stella

Kevan Smith

Peter Bourjos

David Fletcher

 

Agree with most of what you had there @Troll Daddy, just a couple of minor differences.

 

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15 minutes ago, ettin said:

Catcher

Jonathan Lucroy

Infielders

Justin Bour

Zack Cozart

Andrelton Simmons

Taylor Ward

Outfielders

Justin Upton

Mike Trout

Kole Calhoun

Starting Rotation

Tyler Skaggs

Andrew Heaney

Matt Harvey

Trevor Cahill

Jaime Barria

Bullpen

Cody Allen

Ty Buttrey

Luis Garcia

Noe Ramirez

Cam Bedrosian

Felix Pena

Justin Anderson

Taylor Cole

Bench

Tommy La Stella

Kevan Smith

Peter Bourjos

David Fletcher

 

Agree with most of what you had there @Troll Daddy, just a couple of minor differences.

 

you forgot someone.  

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17 minutes ago, Fregosi said:

Think Hermosillo makes the Opening Day Roster only because picking up Bourjos messes with the 40 Man.  

At least two players will go to the 60 day DL (Ramirez and Middleton)  This will open up two spots. 

I could almost see Ohtani opening on the 60 day DL too....

Herm will be better served in Triple A getting regular AB's.  With Trout (140 GP), Upton (145 GP) and Calhoun (137 GP)...That leaves about 64 games across three positions to be filled....I cant see Herm playing one or twice a week.....Not when you can run out PB for those few games.

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7 minutes ago, HaloNArizona said:

At least two players will go to the 60 day DL (Ramirez and Middleton)  This will open up two spots. 

I could almost see Ohtani opening on the 60 day DL too....

Herm will be better served in Triple A getting regular AB's.  With Trout (140 GP), Upton (145 GP) and Calhoun (137 GP)...That leaves about 64 games across three positions to be filled....I cant see Herm playing one or twice a week.....Not when you can run out PB for those few games.

Good point on the 60 day.  I would prefer Bourjos as the 4th OF.  

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4 minutes ago, HaloNArizona said:

At least two players will go to the 60 day DL (Ramirez and Middleton)  This will open up two spots. 

I could almost see Ohtani opening on the 60 day DL too....

Herm will be better served in Triple A getting regular AB's.  With Trout (140 GP), Upton (145 GP) and Calhoun (137 GP)...That leaves about 64 games across three positions to be filled....I cant see Herm playing one or twice a week.....Not when you can run out PB for those few games.

I would imagine there would also be an opportunity for either player to function in a platoon with Kole.  He had 37 starts vs. lefties last year.  My guess is that he gets very few in 2019.  Doesn't make it more likely Herm wins the job but who knows.  

Justin Bour also has a .639 career ops vs. lefties.  Another thing they could do early in the season is put Albert at 1b and let one of Upton or Trout DH during those games.  It could also open up roster time for Ward at 1b.  

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Skaggs, Heaney, Harvey, Cahill, Barria

Allen, Robles, Buttrey, Garcia, Bedrosian, Anderson, N.Ramirez, Cole.

Lucroy, Bour, Fletcher, Simmons, Cozart, Upton, Trout, Calhoun, Pujols

Smith, LaStella, Bourjos.

DL Ohtani, Middleton, JC Ramírez. 

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The guys in bold have to actually win jobs. The other guys just have to be healthy and not terrible. 

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10 hours ago, Troll Daddy said:

According to the article ... Fletcher and Ward will be competing for 2B. Is Cozart a lock for 3B?

 

Cozart will play 2B or 3B.

Fletcher, Ward and Rengifo are all fighting for the other spot. Obviously Rengifo would play 2B and Ward would play 3B and I think if it’s Fletcher they could go either way. 

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