Predicting LA Angels 2020 Opening Day Roster
1.) RHP Gerrit Cole
2.) RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani
3.) RHP Jake Odorizzi
4.) LHP Andrew Heaney
5.) RHP Griffin Canning
6.) LHP Dillon Peters
Angels fans, we (hypothetically) got him. Gerrit Cole is the top target this offseason, and the Angels brass has no excuses not to bring him home to Anaheim. They have the money, they have the need, and if they don’t get it done it’ll be an embarrassment.
Next up we have Shohei Ohtani returning to the rotation, which is also why you see a six-man rotation. I only see Ohtani pitching 130-150 innings next season if all goes well, as the Angels will likely be careful with his return to the mound.
Following Ohtani is another free agent signing. Jake Odorizzi finished 2019 strong and posted a solid overall season. While he’s no ace, having him as your #3 starter is about as good as it gets outside of Washington D.C or Chavez Ravine.
Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning are obvious choices as long as they’re healthy. Heaney showed serious flashes last season, and Canning will look to build off of a solid rookie campaign.
My choice for the last spot could have gone in a lot of directions, but Dillon Peters showed down the line that he has what it takes to be in a major league rotation. Unless Felix Pena is healthy at the start of the season, I fully expect Peters to win the sixth spot in Spring Training.
Other names to consider: Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Jaime Barria