Predicting LA Angels Opening Day Roster: Post Winter Meetings Edition

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 31: Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulates Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after defeating the Boston Red Sox 10-4 in a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 31, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 31: Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulates Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after defeating the Boston Red Sox 10-4 in a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 31, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Outfielders

Let’s start off with the name is not here: Jo Adell. I don’t believe the Angels will begin the season with Jo Adell on their 25-man roster. Whether it’s service time manipulation or the Angels genuinely believe he needs more time to develop in Triple-A, it doesn’t look like their top prospect will be alongside Mike Trout to start 2020.

Speaking of Mike Trout, I hope you’re all ready for his best season yet. With Anthony Rendon hitting behind him, Trout is going to score more and see more pitches to hit than he likely has in five years.

Justin Upton is coming off a disastrous 2019 season, but is a great candidate for a comeback season in 2020. His numbers since arriving in Anaheim have still be exceptional outside of last year, and I view his dip in production due to irregular playing time rather than regressing.

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Brian Goodwin is the easy choice to be the third (or fourth depending where Fletcher plays) outfielder. He gave the Angels near-elite numbers when starting last season, and could be the regular starter until Adell is deemed ready by Angels brass.

There isn’t much surprise in this group, which is kind of a nice reality to have for any position group in Anaheim.

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