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An outlook at the LA Angels non-roster OF’ers in Spring Training

By Ryan Falla
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 16: Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates scoring a run with teammates Howie Kendrick #47 and Jered Weaver #36 during the third inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on April 16, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 16: Peter Bourjos #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates scoring a run with teammates Howie Kendrick #47 and Jered Weaver #36 during the third inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on April 16, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Brennon Lund

Brennon Lund appeared on Halo Hangouts Top 25 Prospects rundown at #21 and many other Top 25 lists as well. Lund is considered the absolute steal of the 2016 draft by the Angels; despite Lund being drafted in the 11th round the Angels fully considered him to be worthy of being taken in the top rounds. It’s not hard to see why after getting the chance to show off his skills in 3 MiLB seasons with the Angels.

Brennon Lund is an interesting case because while some see him as a top-tier 4th outfielder many see him as someone who can play himself into a starting lineup. Lund spent the entire 2018 season in Double A where he collected a .264/.343/.404 slash line in 453 Plate Appearances. On top of that he posted a perfect Fielding Percentage in RF and LF while also fielding at a .984 clip in CF. He can clearly play almost every day if not every day given his versatility, it’s only a question to how critical of a role he will command.

Lund can fit himself at the top of a lineup with his speed and line-drive ability. He did collect 21 total Stolen Bases with 5 Caught Stealing. He may not be a true top of the lineup guy, but depending on if he can limit his strikeouts by commanding the plate a bit more we could very well see him settle in as a #2 hitter. At the age of 23 he’s practically knocking on the big league door, however he does face reserve outfield competition from Peter Bourjos coming out of Spring Training. Lund will have a lot to prove this Spring Training, not just that he can perform well, but that he can provide relief at all three outfield spots suitably.

Given that he just finished the 2018 season at Double A the Angels will likely want to season him in Triple A for a bit before sending him to the bigs. However, a blowup Spring Training might convince the organization otherwise. Really, what you can expect is to see is Lund showing himself as a reliable depth option the Angels can pluck from the minors in case of emergency. The better-case scenario is that he shows the Angels that a little bit of Triple A seasoning will be all he needs before taking on the bigs and we see him come to the team in the second-half.

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