As spring training approaches, I’m going to do some divisional power rankings. We are going to take a look at how the Angels stack up in their division at the starting rotation, bullpen, and at each position including DH. I’m going off of mlbdepthcharts.com depth charts and all info is current as of that day. If Kyle Lohse signs with the Angels or the Rangers after I write this it is what it is. Today we are going to look at the starting rotation and go from worst to first.
- Houston Astros:
Obviously, this is a team in transformation and rebuilding. Norris on another team would be a two or a three. Harrell and the rest would be four or back end of the rotation guys. The interesting guy to watch is Bedard. If they get anything out of him, a team at the deadline looking for a starter could scoop him up
- Seattle Mariners
While King Felix is probably the best overall starting pitcher in the division, the rest of the rotation leaves a little to be desired. The team did pitch better in the second half and was key to their record down the stretch. The team is loaded with quality pitching prospects though
- Oakland Athletics
The A’s rotation was a strength last season. However, each have a bit of a question. Anderson is coming off Tommy John and hasn’t pitched a full season in a couple of years. Milone has huge home/road discrepency. Parker was a stud, but he pitched more innings than ever, and Griffin and Straily are a bit of a unknown at the big league level
- Los Angeles Angels
This year’s Angel rotation isn’t as good as last years. Wilson needs to rebound from a shaky second half. Hanson needs to prove he can pitch in the AL and that he’s healthy. Vargas is solid, however he needs to keep the ball in the ballpark and Blanton is a question mark.
- Texas Rangers
The Rangers may not have that true ace, however their top three is very solid. Ogando going back to the rotation is a smart move. Perez is unproven. If the team can get anything out of Colby Lewis this year it would be a bonus.
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