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

By David Rice
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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 20: Tommy La Stella #2 of the Chicago Cubs reacts at the end of the sixth inning after only throwing one pitch for the final out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JULY 20: Tommy La Stella #2 of the Chicago Cubs reacts at the end of the sixth inning after only throwing one pitch for the final out against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /

Tommy La Stella –

Tommy La Stella was traded to the Angels in late November for a player to be named later and he may be a key person for the Angels as well because he is a left-handed bat and can play both second or third base.  La Stella could be used as a platoon for both second and third base in 2019 which could eliminate the need for the Angels to spend money on a free agent ormakea trade.

However, a lot of times platoons do not work out the way they are planned and this one is risky at best.  La Stella is not a full-time starter as he has never been placed in that role his whole career. La Stella has only logged over 200 at-bats once in a season in his career. He has little to no power hitting only 10 home runs in 828 career at-bats and only has 94 runs driven in during his career as well.

La Stella’s career batting average of .264 and a .345 OBP which is not bad, but he is no more than a part-time player who the Angels will deploy when needed to give the every day second or third baseman a day off, or be a left-handed pinch-hitter. He will likely make the Angels Opening day roster if he has a decent Spring, but he is not the answer for the Angels at second or third base by himself.

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