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Which LA Angels Are the Best At Each of the Five Tools?

By Vincent Page
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the final out of the game at Progressive Field on August 4, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Angels 3-0. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the final out of the game at Progressive Field on August 4, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Angels 3-0. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Andrelton Simmons #2 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate a 2-1 victory over Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22: Andrelton Simmons #2 and Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate a 2-1 victory over Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Arm: Kole Calhoun

This one is another easy choice. The best case for Calhoun’s arm being the best in Anaheim is last season. While Calhoun started the year with one of the worst offensive seasons at the plate, he was still in the everyday lineup until hitting the disabled list.

What this basically means is despite being as close to a zero at the plate as anyone in the history of baseball, Calhoun’s arm in the outfield was still so elite that the Angels couldn’t sit him.

Glove: Andrelton Simmons

The final category for the position player honors is glove, and who else but the best defensive shortstop (player?) in the game of baseball? Andrelton Simmons was as good as ever in 2018, winning his fourth Gold Glove Award and second in as many years.

While Andrelton’s arm put him second to Calhoun in that category, his glove is undoubtedly the best on the team. A baseball better be hit far away and hard if a hitter wants to get it past Simmons, as his range is amongst the best to ever play.

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The Angels are star-studded, to say the least. Trout and Ohtani are amongst the best in the game, while Simmons and Calhoun are elite defenders. This team has the core group of players needed to contend for the playoffs, this year they just need to put it all together, stay healthy, and ride their stars to the promised land.

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