Any Angels fan will remember Peter Bourjos, the lightning fast outfielder who was Mike Trout‘s original running mate. Now, some years later, the two may be reunited as Peter Bourjos signed a minor league deal with the Angels this offseason. He has an outside shot of winning the fourth outfielder job out of Spring Training.
Brennon Lund fits the stereotypical mold of a Billy Eppler-type outfield prospect. Athletic and raw, Lund put together a solid season in 2018. He isn’t close to making the big leagues, as 2020 seems more realistic, but is a player who can learn a lot from big league coaches and make the jump to Triple-A sometime in 2019.
While the Angels’ future outfield hopefully consists of Mike Trout, Jo Adell (see more below), and Jordyn Adams, Brandon Marsh is a fine insurance option if one of those three falls out of the equation. He is extremely athletic, and has made leaps every year he has been in the Angels’ system. Marsh is not close to making the big leagues, still a year or two away, but could make it into the upper levels of the minors this season, especially if he has a solid Spring Training.
When he first debuted for the San Francisco Giants in 2015, Jarrett Parker made some noise in his first 21 games. However, since then, he has not been able to find much success in the MLB. Now, at 30-years old, Parker is fighting for his MLB life, and the Angels are giving him a chance to shine in Spring Training.
Another guy with minimal time in the MLB, Cesar Puello made some noise in Triple-A last year with a solid all-around game. His slugging isn’t overly impressive but he made contact at a good rate and walked a good amount. He could see some action this season in Anaheim should someone go to the disabled list for a short time.
Alright LA Angels fans, this is what we’ve been waiting for. Jo Adell, the team’s first Top 10 pick since Joe Torresin 2000, will be apart of the team’s Spring Training for the first time. Adell has shot up prospect rankings everywhere, and could debut as soon as this summer, especially if Kole Calhoun struggles.
This Spring Training will be monumental for Adell. If he tears it up, he could end up in Anaheim soon and start the season in Triple-A. However, if he seems overpowered, he could find himself back down in Double-A, fighting his way up the minor league levels. Hopefully we get a couple of games featuring a Mike Trout/Jo Adell outfield, so Halo fans can see what their future will look like in Anaheim.
Spring Training is less that three weeks away, and fans are getting anxious. However, for these 21 non-roster invites, there is all the more reason to be nervous.