LA Angels Opening Day Roster taking shape
By David Rice
The Angels were in desperate need of a starting catcher and Billy Eppler looked long and hard finding veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy available and signing the 12-year veteran toa one-year contract. He also made a trade with he Chicago White Sox for Kevan Smith who would join Jose Briceno who finished the season behind the plate in 2018.
Lucroy has been a nice addition this Spring and was able to easily win the starting job. Lucroy hit a stellar .366 with three RBIs and a .422 OBP. He has also been doing a good job defensively. They will roll with him into the season as the starter.
Backing up Lucroy will be Kevan Smith who edged out Jose Briceno because of his bat not his glove. Smith hit .260 with a homer and seven RBIs. The only negative for Smith is that he has 14 strikeouts and no walks in 50 Spring at bats. Briceno only hit .150 in the Spring with three hits in 20 at-bats which earned him a trip back to Salt Lake City. We will see what happens as the season goes along. If defense becomes an issue Briceno may be back-up with the Angels quickly.