Which Angels players are most likely to have a breakout season in 2021?
Coming off their 5th straight losing season, and Mike Trout getting a year older, the Angels are desperate for success in 2021. In all likelihood, Newly hired GM Perry Minasian will look for external help via free agency and/or trades to address some glaring needs (ahem, pitching). While that outside help is definitely needed, the Angels will also have to rely on the players they already have to either step up or continue their success.
It’s always an inevitability that some players will emerge as top contributors out of nowhere, and every offseason it’s fun to predict which players will have a breakout season. In 2020, The Angels had several players who performed better than expected. Dylan Bundy solidified himself as the ace of the rotation; David Fletcher secured himself a spot at the top of the batting order and starting lineup; Jared Walsh, forced his way into everyday playing time and first-baseman of the future conversations; and Mike Mayers dominated out of the pen and is now the favorite for the closer role.
Looking toward 2021, the Angels have a few players who have a good chance at exceeding their projections. Let’s take a look, shall we?