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.