Last season Howie Kendrick was on track to have a career year up until August 5th when he collided with Collin Cowgill causing him to hyperextend his left knee. This injury led him to miss thirty-two games. Howie ended the season with a .297/.335/.439 slash line which was still a solid finish. He also added 13 homers and 54 RBI’s to go along with it. Howie is only 30 years old and played all eight of his major league seasons with the Angels and has been very consistent. Over his career he has batted .292 while averaging 10-15 home runs a season.
With Mark Trumbo gone this should give Kendrick a better shot at being in RBI situations. These kind of situations give him more freedom then being at the top of the order and having to be patient. His career numbers show the lower in the order you place him the batter the outcome. I think he would fit perfectly in the 6th spot behind Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and Raul Ibanez.
I was glad to see him still in an Angels uniform after all the trade rumors the last couple of seasons surrounding him. The Angels are of course very deep at the second base position with Taylor Lindsey probably starting in Triple-A this season and Alex Yarbrough heading down to Double-A. Grant Green is another option for second base, we seen a little of him last year during Howies injury. We might see more of him in a utility role off the bench. Howie although should give them their best chance of winning games and fighting to get into the post season. I am sure we are all looking forward to see how he follows up last season.