Five Players Who Will Be Keys To LA Angels Success in 2017?
The 2017 season is six weeks away, but Spring Training starts today for the LA Angels as pitchers and catchers are reporting to Tempe today for the first workouts of the Spring. Who will be the most important players in 2017?
Baseball is a team game that takes a group of players to help a team be successful. The LA Angels are the same. However all teams have some players who they sink or swim with and the LA Angels are no exception this. There are some players that the Angels will need good years from in order to be a pennant contender.
In this post we will look at some of the players that I feel are just a little more important than others. To me what makes a player important is what he does for the team on a daily or weekly basis (starting pitchers). This is both what they do on the field, and what they do off the field in the clubhouse. On the flip side of this is how much it would hurt the team if they are injured and they cannot perform at the level they usually do.
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In 2016 you saw how much the LA Angels were hurt by the lost of its two top starters Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney. The loss of Huston Street was also very evident as the bullpen was in disarray for the first half of the season.
Finally the absence of C.J. Cron and Andrelton Simmons for about six weeks a piece hurt the club somewhat as well. With this said let’s look at the players that are key to the team’s 2017 success.