The LA Angels have quite a handful of Spring Training non-roster invitees looking to make their presence known this Spring. With 21 total invitees there is a bit of order to be made so we can better understanding of the landscape for this Spring.
In an earlier article we ran through the LA Angels non-roster pitchers and the potential value they could take into Spring. Today we’ll be covering the non-roster infielders.
Out of all the non-roster athletes invited it is arguable the prospective infielders are the closest to making big league impact. Not counting the players who seemed to be penciled in to an Opening Day spot (Peter Bourjos/Alex Meyer) it seems the infield is ripe with close-to-MLB talent. From one Top 5 Prospect to two Top Tens (one being a Halo Hangout Top 10), even if none of these players make the Opening Day roster there is a good chance we can see most of these athletes make a debut sometime in 2019.
The four non-roster infielders invited to Spring Training are Jahmai Jones, Matt Thaiss, Jared Walsh, and Wilfredo Tovar. What’s most encouraging to see is three of these four players being Top Angel prospects. Aside from Wilfredo Tovar we aren’t seeing simple “depth options”, we’re getting a shot at what the future of the Angels will look like. Jahmai Jones has his all around defensive/offensive prowess, Matt Thaiss carries a strong 1B presence, and Jared Walsh holds some of the most dynamic talent around the Angels farm system.
That future may come much sooner than expected if any of these players has a breakthrough Spring.