Who will win the final few roster spots for the LA Angels?
By David Rice
The Fourth Outfielder –
The battle for the fourth outfielder spot is pretty much a two-man race. The winner will be someone with the last name of Young, but what the first name will be remains to be seen. Eric Young Jr. and Chris Young both have some good reasons why they should win this spot.
Eric Young Jr. Is a defensive specialist with tremendous speed and decent power. When Mike Trout was out for close to seven weeks in 2017, Young Jr. Filled in admirably and became a fan favorite in Anaheim with his balls to the wall mentality both in the field and on the bases.
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In 47 games last season Young Jr.hit .264 with four homers and 16 runs batted in with 12 stolen bases. He seemed to have the flair for the dramatic with three game-tying or game-winning homers and numerous clutch hits.
Chris Young on the other hand is a bonfire power bat who has 185 home runs and 577 RBIs in 11 seasons in the majors. Young can also play all three outfield spot and is an above average defender with a career fielding percentage of .990.
This Spring Young Jr. has hit .324 with two RBIs and Young is only hitting .167 in limited action due to an injury. If I were a betting man I would go with Chris Young as he has been signed to a major league contract by the Angels and Young Jr. Does not have that same situation.
Sentimentally I would like to see EYJ win the spot as he is a true underdog and that could happen especially if Young is not at full strength, but we will see. I think the Angels should keep both of them especially if Shohei Ohtani does not make the opening day roster.