Grant Green: Angels 2014 Year in Review
Grant Green spent half of the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels playing in 40 games with the Halos. Coming into the 2014 season Green was expected to spend some time in Triple-A to get at-bats and also possibly get some time at the major league level. That is exactly what happened for Green.
The Good: Green played 48 games at Salt Lake hitting .333/.379/.525 with 17 doubles. He showed that with a good chunk of playing time he can be a consistent hitter and spray the ball around. He also cut down on the strikeouts, putting the ball in play and letting his speed possibly get him a couple extra hits.
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He also played multiple positions on the infield and outfield at Salt Lake. 73 games were spent at his natural position of second base where he made just nine errors in 273 chances. The minors don’t keep track of advanced metrics for fielding at all, so we can only go off of the opinion of official scorers on how good of a fielder he was.
He was able to play 43 games with the Halos and hit .273. He also spent time at second base and left field with the Angels and was an above average fielder with limited chances at second base. It was a very small sample size for Green, but with more consistent at-bats overall he showed he could succeed.
Since he did have such limited chances, I can’t say he had a bad season in any degree. I like to point out the good things, and he did some very good things for the organization overall.
The Future: The future for Green hangs in the balance right now. His playing time in 2015 with the major league club will be determined by what moves the front office makes this offseason. If they do end up trading Howie Kendrick for pitching depth, Green could get the majority of the playing time at second base, depending on if Gordon Beckham is a Halo in 2015. So for now we will let this sit and depending on what happens we will review his future more in-depth in the future.