What to Expect From the Angels Centerfielders
Jun 21, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) scales the wall in an attempt to catch a home run ball hit by Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) (not pictured) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Centerfield and the Angels means one thing, Mike Trout. And that means Angels fans can expect to watch another one of the most exciting and talented players to ever play the game. That is not an exaggeration even in the slightest. He will go into the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the MVP, for the second straight year. This is also the one position where the Angels really can’t afford an injury if their pennant hopes are to survive.
Jerry Dipoto went into this offseason with the mind to improve the Angels depth, and he has done a tremendous job of it. The pitching staff is far deeper than it was last year with the additions of Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano. Infield depth was addressed mainly with the idea of finding a second baseman but all of the imports mean that we have better options than last year should Freese or Aybar go down for awhile. The addition of Matt Joyce also adds another capable big league backup to the corner outfielders.
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Centerfield is much less comfortable should the unthinkable occur and the Angels have to survive for an extended period without Trout. Perhaps it’s simply because no one can actually backup our Millville Meteor. He is so far ahead of every other player on any baseball diamond that to back him up is like a shovel filling in for a bulldozer.
With well founded high hopes let’s look at what we can expect from our Angels centerfielders this season.
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