LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Team Strengths: With Mike Trout since the backbone flanked by Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton, the Angels had the fourth-best outfield in MLB last year as measured by Baseball-Reference’s runs above average.

This unit has a chance to get even more of an increase with the potential callup of high prospect Jo Adell, the next in line of amazing Angels homegrown outfielders that started with Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds, Garrett Anderson and Darin Erstad from the 1990s.
Team Weaknesses: The Angels were one of the top organizations at drafting and developing pitchers, but they traded off most of the latest draft hits (Patrick Corbin, Sean Newcomb, Mike Clevinger) as prospects. Together with their remaining starters perpetually injured as well as their depth lacking because of such transactions, the Angels finished 19th at ERA (4.15) last season.
What They Did About It: The Angels signed Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to bolster the back of their rotation, but more importantly the homegrown pitching pipeline is flowing . Jaime Barria debuted last year and led the Angels in wins (10) and ERA (3.41) as a rookie, and Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez are poised to rise to Anaheim this year.
Last Outlook: With more depth than any time in recent memory, the Angels are in position to snap their skid of three consecutive losing seasons at Brad Ausmus’ first year as supervisor.

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