Who will make the Los Angeles Angels opening day roster?
Carlos Perez took over the starting catching job in early August last season after Chris Iannetta batting stroke went South for the winter. Perez hit .377 in September playing almost every day and finishing the season with a .250 average with four home runs and 21 RBI’s. Perez also improved his throwing and defense as well throughout the season. This Spring Perez solidified his role as the #1 catcher as he hit .297 with one home run and seven RBI’s.
During the off-season the Angels also signed veteran catcher Geovany Soto to back-up Perez, however the thought was/is if Perez falters Soto would step in and take over the starting role. As things stand right now Soto will probably play at least two games per week especially with the way he has played this Spring. Soto has hit .276 with three home runs and eight RBI’s and he has a 1.057 OPS. Soto has also thrown out 5 of 9 would be base stealers which is 55%. In his career Sot has thrown out 159 of 425 base stealers in his career which is 37% which well above average.
With Jett Bandy getting sent down this weekend despite batting .423 with one home run and five RBI’s with an OPS of 1.147. Bandy would make an excellent back-up under normal circumstances, but with Soto being a veteran and his defensive prowess trumped Bandy’s strong Spring.
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