6.) Third Base
Truth be told, no one quite knows what the Angels have at third base. They signed Zack Cozart to a three-year deal last offseason, but he missed the majority of the 2018 season because of shoulder surgery. He’ll be ready for 2019, but his limited sample size last year left a lot to be desired.
After a breakout 2017 season in which Cozart slashed .297/.385/.548, he hit the free agent pool as a likely candidate for regression. While he only had 224 at-bats, Cozart’s .219/.296/.362 was way below what the Angels expected from him, even with the expected regression. While it is hard to judge a hitter off of so few at-bats, Billy Eppler and the Angels can’t be overly confident Cozart will put up numbers closer to the 2017 version next season.
The reason third base is ranked here instead of higher up is because of David Fletcher and Taylor Ward. Fletcher could very well be used as a utility infielder next year, spending time at third as well as shortstop. Ward saw a monumental rise through the minor leagues this year and while he only hit .178 in 135 at-bats. He did finish the season strong however, hitting .286 with three home runs and five RBI’s over the final week of the season.