LA Angels Trio of Young Pitchers
While the Halos’ biggest problem this season has been the starting rotation, it remains one of the most interesting and important positions to watch as the team looks forward to 2020.
This is because of Griffin Canning, Jose Suarez, and Patrick Sandoval. All three are getting their first taste of the big leagues this season, and all three have had different paths leading them here.
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Griffin Canning was a second round pick in 2017. Suarez signed as an international free agent in 2014 at just 16 years old. Sandoval was drafted by the Astros in the 11th round, only to be traded to the Angels in return for Martin Maldonado.
All three seemingly have different expectations as well. Suarez has always been viewed as a back-of-rotation arm, maybe working his way to the middle of the order in a best case scenario. Canning was drafted extremely low based on talent, and has all the capabilities to become a #2 in a rotation behind a true ace (Gerrit Cole please come home I am begging you). For Sandoval, he is a bit of a wild card. He has shown a lot of skill so far in his two appearances, and may have a higher ceiling than originally thought.
With these three making up the majority of the rotation for 2019, it’ll give the Angels front office and their fans a glimpse into what they can expect going into the offseason and give them a read on just how much starting pitching they need.