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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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Jarrett Parker

The Angels picked up Jarrett Parker in free agency after being released by the Giants in March of 2018. Parker a decent amount of time in the big leagues in 2017 with 177 Plate Appearances as a Giant. In those appearances Parker put up a .247/.294/.416 slash line with 12 doubles and 4 HRs while striking out 54 times. Defensively he wasn’t as solid as Bourjos, though he did provide 4 assists in his 2017 season. That being said there is a possibility that Parker could bring a stronger bat than Bourjos.

There doesn’t seem to be an abundance of value over someone like Bourjos or even Brennon Lund, but at the same time there is plenty of big league experience for the Angels to feel comfortable with. It’s pretty likely that we will only be seeing Parker in a depth capacity for the Angels in 2019 however. He doesn’t exactly pop off the plate with the bat, though he does provide a better offensive option as Bourjos. So there is an interesting idea if the Angels would prefer some offensive value to come with the defense.

All in all I wouldn’t count on seeing Parker break into the big leagues come Opening Day, likely he’ll provide a stash option for the Angels. There is the chance that he comes to Spring Training with a chip on his shoulder and that can change everything, but I wouldn’t expect to see him come out of the gates running at full speed.

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