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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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LA Angels shortstop has solidified his position with another strong season
BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels turns a double play over the slide of Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a game at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Shortstop – When the LA Angels traded away pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to get shortstop Andrelton Simmons they took a gamble.  It has paid off and then some as Simmons has developed into a complete shortstop in the field and at the plate.  He has also emerged as a leader on the team.

This has been a signature move of Billy Eppler.  Simmons despite being injured twice in 2019 has still put up some decent numbers. As he is hitting .270 with six homers and 30 RBIs with nine steals.  He is also in the top five in the majors in toughest to strikeout (28 K’s in 300 at-bats).

This is a spot that there is no question who will be playing it on a regular basis barring injuries.  David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo will back up Simmons when needed, but you should see Simmons there at least 150 games next season barring injuries.

Grade – B+ 

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