Five Keys for the LA Angels for a Successful 2020 Season.
#2 – Find a solid starting catcher who can solidify the young pitching staff.
In 2018 the Angels had one of the best catchers in team history in Martin Maldonado. Maldonado helped the Angels young staff develop and gave every pitcher more confidence in knowing that he had their back defensively and with his arm. Since the Angels traded Maldonado at the 2018 trade deadline for pitching prospect Patrick Sandoval the catching situation for the Angels has been a weakness.
Jonathan Lucroy was a veteran leader and brought some good intangibles in 2019, but his defense was below average and his hitting was about the same. The Angels subsequently released Lucroy in the beginning of August and brought in Anthony Bemboom and Max Stassi in separate deals and neither of them filled the void.
As of yet the Angels have not acquired a starting catcher for 2020 and if they are banking on Bemboom or Stassi being the answer they are making a major error. Both catchers have their strengths, with Bemboom showing some pop and Stassi showing he has decent defensive skills, but the Angels need more. There are still nearly two months until the start of Spring Training so there is still time for Angels GM Billy Eppler to fill this void, but it needs to be done.