POLL: Angels Best Offseason Addition

By Mike Greyshock
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Jerry Dipoto has done a remarkable job of building depth this offseason and he’s done so with very little action on the free agent market. A few of the players acquired via trade look to have potential for a significant impact this season. A few others will likely be contributors year or more out. In this poll we’ll look at who may have the biggest impact now; so we’ll leave Roberto Baldoquin and Kyle Kubitza off. 

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Nick Tropeano

Tropeano was acquired in the trade that sent Hank Conger to division rival Houston. He’s a 24-year-old Right handed pitcher who led the PCL in ERA, WHIP and opponent average last season in Triple-A. Despite those numbers he’s never rated as a top of the rotation pitcher. His stuff isn’t thought of as exceptionally good but he gets results. He made 4 starts in the big leagues last season and produced a 3.32 FIP. He’ll be competing for a rotation spot this season but will be nearly certain of making a number of starts in Anaheim.

Andrew Heaney

As painful as trading away Howie Kendrick was the return was substantial in Heaney. Rated as one of the best left handed pitching prospects in all of baseball he looks to be major league ready after posting a career 2.77 ERA in the minors. At 23, he’s young and comes with a high upside. Some consider him to be a future top of the rotation arm with a good makeup. He’ll likely be competing with Tropeano for a spot but given his talent the Angels will be eager to see what he can do this season.

Carlos Perez

The other player in the Conger trade, the 24-year-old Perez looks to be a good bet to win the backup catcher spot. In 538 minor league games he owns a .277/.359/.393 line at the plate. Solid numbers, but his defense has always been his calling card according to scouts. Drew Butera will be his biggest completion to win the job out of spring training but Perez has the potential to be much better with the bat. 

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Matt Joyce

The oldest (30) and most proven player on this list, the Angels are confident of what they’re getting in Joyce. He looks to be the primary DH who will see some turns at first base and left field. His batting average won’t be high (.250 career) but his on base skills are very good. A well rounded offensive player with double-digit home run power and a walk rate around 12% he should continue to be an above average player.

Aside from Joyce, the rest of the players on this list have competition for their roles. But, they all look to be in line for a significant amount of team with the big league club. Which one do you think will have the biggest contribution to the 2015 Angels.

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