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LA Angels have some good pieces for 2020, but need to fill holes

By David Rice
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 19: Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 19: Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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2nd Base –

Second base  was a crap shoot and was solidified by the addition of Tommy la Stella. La Stella had a tremendous first half hitting more home runs this season that has helped solidify things at 2nd base.  He was the starter until he broke his tibia by hitting a foul ball off his shin.  David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo have also seen significant time at second base as well, although Fletcher has also played a lot at third base.

Tommy La Stella was named to be an all-star just before getting hurt. La Stella hit 16 homers while driving in 44 runs and hit .300 in 78 games this season.  Fletcher has hit 6 homers and a .288 average.  Rengifo is the weakest one hitting .240 with six homers and 30 RBIs.

As for next year all three of these players could end up being on the roster again.  Fletcher and Rengifo seemed to be virtual locks tomake the Opening Day Roster.  La Stella, despite his strong first half may not be brought back due to a logjam at second base. Rengifo and Fletcher are two of the Angels prospects that are looked to have great potential.  A big part of the equation is if Zack Cozart comes back strong or not next season from his shoulder injury.

If not the aforementioned trio of Fletcher, Rengifo, and La Stella will hold down the fort at second base.  It is also possible that Rengifo could be the odd man out.  We will see how it plays out. It is probably the strongest position for the Angels.

Overall Grade – B+ 

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