LA Angels have some good pieces for 2020, but need to fill holes
By David Rice
Starting Rotation –
The Angels starting rotation has been an issue over the past four seasons especially due to injuries (mostly Tommy John surgeries) . The 2019 rotation might have been the worst yet, but with the Angels relying heavily on two rookies and a few other pitchers with not much experience it could be expected.
Moving forward the rotation has some question marks due to the fact that the Angels are expected to pursue one to two arms in free agency. But how it shapes up right now is looking promising, but still nothing is a sure thing.
Andrew Heaney will be the ace of the staff unless the Angels land a frontline pitcher like Gerrit Cole. If that happens Heaney will be the #2 starter. Shohei Ohtani will be the second or third starter depending on free agent signings. Griffin Canning will then be the 3rd or 4th starter depending on free agency. Jose Suarez and Patrick Sandoval will fight it out for the 4th/5th starter role along with Felix Pena. Dillon Peters and J.C. Ramirez have a shot to make the rotation, but again it will depend on free agent signings and the development of Suarez and Sandoval.
A rotation with a guy like Gerrit Cole heading it with Andrew Heaney, Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning, with almost anyone as the fifth starter would be one of the top young starting rotations in the AL. As for this year the starting rotation was less than stellar other than a few short stretches.
Grade – D