Eight Los Angeles Angels to Watch in Spring Training

By Trey Hannula
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May 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Dan Robertson (19) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

OF Dan Robertson

After Josh Hamilton underwent AC joint surgery this month (among other complications), the Angels suddenly have an opening for the 5th outfielder spot on their roster. Matt Joyce should take most starts in Hamilton’s absence, with Collin Cowgill platooning against lefties, but there still remains an extra bench spot and Dan Roberston looks like a possible fit. Robertson got a cup of coffee last year with Texas, appearing in 70 games for the Rangers. In a small sample size of 108 plate appearances, the 5’8” outfielder recorded a .821 OPS against left-handed pitching while suffering miserably versus righties to a .478 OPS. Robertson may not be a superstar by any means, but with a career .376 OBP in the minors, he presents a decent option to fill in while Hamilton is absent. The only other outfield options currently on the 40-man roster fighting for this same spot are Efren Navarro and Grant Green, so Robertson should have a great opportunity to make the team out of Spring Training.

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