Of the players who could see Anaheim for the first time soon, Matt Thaiss is the first player that comes to mind. The first baseman (who has been seeing time at third) started the season very poorly after a breakout Spring Training.
However, he is slashing .433/.550/.700 over the past eight games and has gone deep twice. One of the most impressive parts of this streak are his nine walks, as he is showing maturity beyond his years at the plate.
With Justin Bour struggling at the plate and Shohei Ohtani coming back soon, the Angels are going to need to make a decision at some point regarding first base. Thaiss and Bour, both left-handed, are still restricted to only playing there despite Thaiss’ recent work at third base. It will boil down to which player the Halos would rather have. If Bour’s struggles continue, Thaiss will become the obvious option.
Another player to watch is fan favorite Jose Rojas. Rojas is following up a strong Spring Training with a hot start to the season in Salt Lake. He quickly became a player who fans want in Anaheim, and some even questioned Rengifo being called up before the team gave Rojas a shot.
Capable of playing multiple infield positions, Rojas’ versatility gives him an advantage in terms of being added to the big league roster. However, he is not currently on the 40-man roster. This is what kept him in Salt Lake and gave Rengifo his first taste of the MLB. Rengifo is on the 40-man, so the Angels could call him up without designating a player for assignment, like they would be required to do if they had added Rojas.