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Ranking the LA Angels Positions By Need Ahead of the Offseason

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 22: Owner Arte Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler applaud as The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Introduce new team manager Brad Ausmus during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 22: Owner Arte Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler applaud as The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Introduce new team manager Brad Ausmus during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during the first inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bats during the first inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

8.) Designated Hitter

While Shohei Ohtani’s Tommy John surgery certainly hurts the starting rotation, it solidifies a DH spot for 2019. Ohtani will be the team’s everyday designated hitter and makes the top of their lineup deadly. With Trout likely in front of him, Ohtani is set for an All Star year while he rehabs his pitching.

Everything that can be said about Ohtani has been. He will be the American League Rookie of the Year when all is said and done. Ohtani got 326 at-bats in 2017, and if he had played a full season his projection would have been unbelievable.

Like, 40 home runs, 120 RBI’s, 40 doubles, and maybe even 20 stolen bases unbelievable. While a designated hitter will never win the MVP Award in today’s MLB, Ohtani’s potential offensive numbers would put him in the conversation.

Outside of Ohtani, Albert Pujols will see games at DH, although he has said he hopes to play as many games at first base as possible. On Ohtani off days, Pujols will likely get a half day off and serve as the DH. While Pujols is not what Halo fans hoped for, he was an improved version compared to his 2017 version. Also worth noting is at designated hitter last year, Pujols slashed .263/.312/.478 in 47 games compared to .233/.274/.366 in 70 games at first base.

Ohtani’s exciting rookie year and Pujols’ knack for being able to drive in runs puts the designated hitter spot in great position for 2019.

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