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11 minutes ago, stormngt said:

Impact play from Walsh, Thaiss, or Ward would bring our offense to another level.  

Add mediocre starting pitching and a lockdown bullpen.....ok..wishful thinking!

I think the starting pitching is gonna surprise a lot of people. I don't think they'll be good, but there's no reason they can't be average.

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I haven't seen anything about Taylor Ward trying 1B in ST.

In five minor league seasons he's played parts of six games at 1B.

Edited by RBM
Ward not Walsh

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4 minutes ago, RBM said:

I haven't seen anything about Walsh trying 1B in ST.

In five minor league seasons he's played parts of six games at 1B.

I think you need to go back and look at his GS at 1B. He has averaged close to 70 GS per season at 1B dating back to 2015.

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1 hour ago, tdawg87 said:

I think the starting pitching is gonna surprise a lot of people. I don't think they'll be good, but there's no reason they can't be average.

I think your right.  My doubt lies with the lockdown bullpen.  I think our own is solid but not good enough to make up for a mediocre starters

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22 minutes ago, RBM said:

I haven't seen anything about Walsh trying 1B in ST.

In five minor league seasons he's played parts of six games at 1B.

I think you're confusing him with someone else.  he's primarily been a 1bman.  

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11 minutes ago, stormngt said:

I think your right.  My doubt lies with the lockdown bullpen.  I think our own is solid but not good enough to make up for a mediocre starters

That's a fair opinion and you may be right. I think the pen is fine. We have a ton of depth and options to go through not to mention the back end being Buttrey, Middleton, and Robles.

I think it will be a strength this year, actually.

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1 hour ago, ettin said:

I think you need to go back and look at his GS at 1B. He has averaged close to 70 GS per season at 1B dating back to 2015.

Typo. I meant Taylor Ward. He played parts of six games at 1B in SLC last year and I haven’t heard they are moving him to 1B. 

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28 minutes ago, RBM said:

Typo. I meant Taylor Ward. He played parts of six games at 1B in SLC last year and I haven’t heard they are moving him to 1B. 

Well there is no reason in my mind he couldn't play at the position. They have been trying to move him around 3B and the corner outfield spots to give him more utility so that his bat can play so why not 1B, even though he doesn't have much experience at that position? It increases his utility and could give him a spot to play at in the Majors for the Angels? I like his bat potential if he can pull up his Minor League numbers to the Majors, particularly that OBP. I mean honestly (and I am not pointing at you here) if we are saying "move Upton or Marsh to 1B" then why not Ward?

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17 minutes ago, ettin said:

Well there is no reason in my mind he couldn't play at the position. They have been trying to move him around 3B and the corner outfield spots to give him more utility so that his bat can play so why not 1B, even though he doesn't have much experience at that position? It increases his utility and could give him a spot to play at in the Majors for the Angels? I like his bat potential if he can pull up his Minor League numbers to the Majors, particularly that OBP. I mean honestly (and I am not pointing at you here) if we are saying "move Upton or Marsh to 1B" then why not Ward?

My point is that I have not heard anything about Ward playing 1B in ST.

Have you?

I think they have plenty of options to back up Pujols - Thaiss, Walsh, La Stella.

I would be very surprised if Ward is added to that group. 

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4 hours ago, tdawg87 said:

I think his release is a bit more violent but otherwise I see what you're saying. 

He's got a fast arm action but that's not a very violent release, it just looks different when you see it coming at you vs the usual view from the C.F. camera.  If you look up Jake Peavy from both front and back you'll see what I mean and get an idea of what a really violent release looks like.  K-Rod is another.

The sick part with C-Rod is that he maintains the same arm action on all his pitches.  So like GR, he's a bit deceptive with his delivery.

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7 hours ago, RBM said:

My point is that I have not heard anything about Ward playing 1B in ST.

Have you?

I think they have plenty of options to back up Pujols - Thaiss, Walsh, La Stella.

I would be very surprised if Ward is added to that group. 

No I have not heard directly that he is being groomed or tried out at 1B, it is just a suggestion that I think Ward is capable of performing and a route to actual playing time in the Majors.

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3 minutes ago, ettin said:

No I have not heard directly that he is being groomed or tried out at 1B, it is just a suggestion that I think Ward is capable of performing and a route to actual playing time in the Majors.

Got it. I agree.

I think he could play 1B for a team. He's a catcher, moved to 3B and corner OF - he can most likely handle 1B at an MLB level. It feels like to me his best chance at becoming an MLB contributor is with another team. He's kind of stuck in the redundancies the Angels have with their AAA/AAAA players.

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Just now, RBM said:

Got it. I agree.

I think he could play 1B for a team. He's a catcher, moved to 3B and corner OF - he can most likely handle 1B at an MLB level. It feels like to me his best chance at becoming an MLB contributor is with another team. He's kind of stuck in the redundancies the Angels have with their AAA/AAAA players.

Yeah maybe on the latter. Honestly I really would like to see the Angels give him a chance in the Majors, I think he can hit but what do I know.

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