LA Angels Player Grades: Mike Trout Dominant in Series Win Over Rangers
By Vincent Page
Albert Pujols: 13 AB, 4 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
While he isn’t getting a ton of attention, Albert Pujols is having a sneaky good start to the season so far, and that continued in this series. A .307 average this series with four walks and a couple of RBI’s is very solid. It is also much more than Pujols has produced in years past. The Machine also hit his first home run of the year, and took some time to watch it fly.
Justin Bour: 11 AB, 2 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 0 RBI, 0 R
It is getting harder and harder to watch Justin Bour take up time at first base while Matt Thaiss sits in AAA. He was fine this series, and made some really good contact on balls but is just getting under the pitches. His defense was sloppy in this series as well, as he is obviously limited on that end.
Tommy La Stella: 14 AB, 1 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 1 RBI, 3 R
Not a great weekend for Tommy La Stella, who Angels fans are consistently screaming for him to be benched in favor of David Fletcher. While it might be a little early for Brad Ausmus to make a call like that, La Stella definitely does have to pick up his play. It was nice to see him draw some walks, and he played defense well, but he needs to pick it up at the plate as soon as possible.
Andrelton Simmons: 11 AB, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 RBI, 2 R
Simmons had a rough series again, and is still getting very unlucky at the plate. He is hitting the ball hard, but just can’t seem to find the gaps. His playing time was also limited after a lower back injury got him pulled from a game early, then forced him to sit out the next day.
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David Fletcher: 16 AB, 7 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R
This was a really great series from David Fletcher. He got the chance to hit leadoff, and made the most of his five at-bats in that game, never striking out during this series. He also gets a bump for being so versatile on defense, with the capability of playing second base, third base, shortstop, and the corner outfield spots. His hot bat is needed in the lineup, and his ability to play anywhere will help him find more and more time.
Zack Cozart: 7 AB, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 1 RBI, 0 R
Cozart didn’t play much this series after being hit by a pitch in the wrist. It seemed to effect him a lot, and his at-bats were as non encouraging as they have been all season. His contract is starting to look worse and worse, and if he keeps performing so poorly, it could be time for a change at third.