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LA Angels: Full Break Down of Non-Roster Spring Training Invites

By Vincent Page
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 27: Outfielder Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels runs to third base against the Tampa Bay Rays August 27, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Angels won 6 - 5. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 27: Outfielder Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels runs to third base against the Tampa Bay Rays August 27, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Angels won 6 - 5. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 19: Alex Meyer
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 19: Alex Meyer /

Pitchers:

Alex Meyer (RHP)

Alex Meyer is the pitcher here with the most MLB experience. In 2017, Meyer worked his way to a 3.74 ERA in 13 starts. While a shoulder injury has held him back ever since, with multiple setbacks along the way, Meyer is finally ready to step back on the mound. While the Angels already have a good amount of pitchers who can start games, most of them do not offer the upside Meyer does. He is a name to keep an eye on as camp progresses as someone with an outside shot of making the Opening Day roster, especially if the team keeps their six-man rotation philosophy.

Miguel Almonte (RHP)

Miguel Almonte is a depth piece going into Spring Training. He did see some work in 2018, but was not overly encouraging. Almonte made eight relief appearances for the Angels and allowed eight runs over seven innings of work.

However, those numbers are a tad misleading, as he allowed five of those runs in an appearance against Oakland where he failed to record an out. If you remove that, his ERA drops from 10.29 all the way down to a much more respectable 3.86. He will look to make the team out of Spring Training, but starting in Salt Lake is a much more probable outcome.

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Matt Ramsey (RHP)

Matt Ramsey has yet to make his MLB debut, but that day could be coming soon. The 29-year old has spent six seasons in the minor leagues, a handful of different organizations. However, his 2.69 career ERA in the minor leagues speaks for itself. He has made most of his appearances in relief, and could, or at least get a chance to, take on that long-relief role as the season goes on for the Angels.

Griffin Canning (RHP)

Griffin Canning is someone LA Angels fans should be getting excited. Coming out of UCLA, Canning had all the tools of a first rounder but injury concerns pushed him into the Angels’ lap in the second round.After an encouraging debut season in the minors in 2018, Canning is very likely to make his MLB debut at some point in 2019.

However, he is very unlikely to make the rotations straight out of Spring Training, no matter how dominant he is. Canning did struggle in Triple-A last year 5.49 ERA, so the club will likely want to see him back there to start the season. However, if July comes around and Canning has yet to make his MLB debut, it would be surprising.

Jeremy Rhoades (RHP) 

After being drafted in the fourth round in 2014 as a starting pitcher, Jeremy Rhoades struggled for the Angels. However, he made the switch to a full-time relief role and has flourished since. 2018 was his first truly dominant season, as he made 54 appearances across Triple-A and Double-A, and was exceptional with a 2.54 ERA.

Still only 25, Rhoades is another longshot to make the team out of Spring Training, but if he keeps performing this well in Salt Lake, it won’t be long until the Angels have no choice but to call him up.

Forrest Snow (RHP)

The Angels are not quite sure what they have in Forrest Snow. His minor league career average 4.27 ERA is a tad misleading, as he has been a very solid pitcher in the lower levels, but has struggled in Triple-A. Getting him a chance to work with big league coaches in Tempe this Spring could be just what Snow needs to climb over the hump in Triple-A, and he could end up being a solid depth option in 2019.

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