Heading into Spring Training, it seemed like Michael Hermosillo was a candidate for the Angels bench. The 25-year-old, who showed impressive power for Salt Lake last season in Triple-A, offers manager Joe Maddon a right-handed outfield bat to offset Brian Goodwin, who is expected to start in right field against lefties until Jo Adell is ready to be called up.
However, just before Spring Training was suspended, Hermosillo was optioned to Triple-A, a bit of a surprising move, but an indication that he isn’t guaranteed a spot on the bench after all. The speedy youngster, who can play all three outfield positions, is a valuable utility piece if he can fill some holes in his swing and make more consistent contact.
If the Angels find themselves in a position where they are looking to improve their roster with a veteran piece, Hermosillo gives them a Major League ready prospect to include in a package going the other way. He is within his first year of service, so under team control for the next six seasons, and he offers versatility, speed, and sneaky power.
He’s not the kind of prospect you lead with in a major acquisition, but he gives you a chip you can stack on top of a few others at the negotiating table for the right deal.