Much has been made about the Angels outfield defense for 2013. In all honesty, with Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Josh Hamilton should combine to have the best defensive outfield. The outfield defense will be important due to how big the ballpark is, however, with this staff, don’t forget about the infield defense as well.
The infield defense is going to be just as important and it’s understated as well. They are more important than you think. In Joe Blanton‘s career, he’s actually a ground ball pitcher. His career ground ball rate (44%) is actually higher than his fly ball rate (35.7%). His home run per fly ball rate is 10.3% so that’s why he’s thought of as a fly ball pitcher. Trust me, this came to me as a surprise too.C.J. Wilson is another guy that the infield defense is important to. On batted balls, his career ground ball rate is 50.6%. His fly ball rate is just 30.1%. He needs a strong infield defense behind him too. Tommy Hanson has an even rate at 40% in ground ball and fly ball rate.