The LA Angels have needs for 2019 who could fill them? : Second Base

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 06: Zack Cozart
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ANAHEIM, CA – in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Luis Rengifo –

Luis Rengifo is the dark horse candidate to be an in-house choice to fill second base in 2019 for the Angels. Rengifo broke out last year in the minors jumping from Single-A to Triple-A in one season in 2018.  A lot of things would have to happen for Rengifo to get the opportunity to be the every day second baseman for the Angels.

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First and foremost Rengifo would have to have an amazing Spring Training to get on the radar.  Fletcher would have to tank in the Spring and Cozart would have to stay at third base or be hurt so that Fletcher could possibly be moved to third base.

Even though this is a lot of things that would need to happen, if Rengifo plays well this Spring that would go a long way in him being considered for the Opening Day roster as a utility player.  Rengifo has more power and speed than Fletcher and he also has shown he can play well in the field at second base where Rengifo had a .994 fielding percentage for the Angels in the minors in 2018.

Rengifo hit seven homers and drove in 64 runs while batting .299.  He also stole 41 bases and had an OBP of .399.  If he can prove to that in the major leagues he could jump over Fletcher on the depth chart.  More than likely Rengifo will be in Triple-A most of the season unless there are some injuries on the Angels.