4. Ian Kinsler has a bounce-back season and solidifies the lead-off spot
Ian Kinsler has been one of the top second basemen in baseball over the past 10 years hitting 234 homers, driving in 834 runs with a career .273 batting average. However, 2017 was largely forgettable for the four-time all-star as Kinsler’s average dipped to .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs. All but the home run total were career-lows for Kinsler with an injury-proved 2010 season where Kinsler only played 103 games.
Kinsler is now going to most likely be the Angels lead-off hitter in 2018 and his success will go a long way in jump starting the Angels anemic offense. If Kinsler can get on base at a good clip and set the table for Trout, Upton, and Pujols which will be very important.
Kinsler will also team with Andrelton Simmons to for a very formidable double-play combination on defense as well. The addition of Kinsler will make Simmons even better.