Predicting LA Angels 2020 Opening Day Roster

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RHP Cam Bedrosian

LHP Jared Walsh

RHP Ty Buttrey

RHP Noe Ramirez

LHP Drew Pomeranz

RHP Keynan Middleton

RHP Taylor Cole

RHP Hansel Robles

The bullpen was arguably the strength of the Angels in 2019, but ultimately was overworked and faltered as the season progressed into the final two months.

Can Bedrosian, Ty Buttrey, Noe Ramirez, and Hansel Robles return as the mainstays of the bullpen from 2019. Robles proved he’s an elite option to close games in 2019, and the trio of the aforementioned are all reliable options late in games.

Taylor Cole can serve as the long-relief man in the group and potential opener. Drew Pomeranz, the lone free agent signing of the group, can as well. He was a starter until last season, but struggled in 2019. However, he morphed into an elite option out of the bullpen, and he’s now likely to be signed as a reliever this offseason.

Jared Walsh is not the same two-way player Shohei Ohtani is. He’s useful as a low-leverage arm in the bullpen and for spot starts at first base or designated hitter.

The wild card of the group is Keynan Middleton. He returned from Tommy John surgery late last season, and was impressive in limited action. If Middleton can bounce back to the level of pitching he was showing prior to the injury, this bullpen goes from very good to elite.