Five New Year’s Resolutions For The LA Angels for 2017
#5. – Get More Production From The Catching Spot.
We cant expect miracles from Carlos Perez and expect him to hit 20 homers and drive in 80 runs, however I’m sure he is capable of hitting better than .209 with five homers and 31 RBI’s. Perez had a decent rookie year in 2015 after taking over for Chris Iannetta midway through the season finishing with a .249 average with 4 homers and 21 RBI’s.
In 2016 Perez was almost an automatic out in the bottom of the lineup and he just looked clueless at the plate. Perez does make up for his lack offense with stellar defense as he was a finalist for a Gold Glove in 2016. The Angels also added Martin Maldonado who hit eight homers with 21 RBI’s but he also barely hit above the Mendoza line finishing with a .202 average. Maldonado is also a very good defensive catcher, but he has a career average of .217.
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The Angels made a curious move trading for Maldonado and trading away young catcher Jett Bandy. Nothing against Maldonado, but the move didn’t make a lot of sense. Bandy was the only catcher other than oft-injured Geovany Soto that had some pop in his bat. Bandy hit eight homers with 21 RBI’s while hitting .234. Those numbers aren’t much better than Perez or Maldonado, but it was also Bandy’s first season in the majors so he was still adjusting to the pitching.
So in conclusion the Resolution is for whoever plays catcher to hit at least .260 and hit 10 homers and 50 RBI’s. I don’t think this is asking too much. We will see.