Los Angeles Angels have veteran leadership at shortstop in Aybar

By David Rice
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Taylor Featherston made some good strides in his rookie season. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Featherston

Grade: C

The only other player we can mention is Taylor Featherston, who saw much more action at second base, but he is a true shortstop.

Featherston was the classic defensive shortstop, but had a very low average. During the season, he played almost all the infield spots. Featherston had a .971 fielding percentage in 94 games, most of which were as a late inning defensive replacement. Featherston hit .162 with two home runs and nine RBIs. For much of the year, he looked overmatched at the plate. Much of this was due to him not having played above Double-A in the minor leagues. Featherston showed signs at the plate of coming around.

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Featherston may be the answer in 2017 if Aybar does not return after next season. However, the Los Angeles Angels have the shortstop of the future in Single-A in Cuban-born prospect Roberto Baldoquin, who is probably two to three seasons away. Overall, I belive Featherston has a bright future and hopefully the Angels will find a place for him to play in the next couple of seasons.