LA Angels 2021 spring training guide: assessing the catcher competition

Max Stassi, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Anthony Bemboom, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Although he is currently on the active roster, I don’t think Anthony Bemboom is a lock to suit up on Opening Day. If Stassi begins the season on the IL, the backup spot is Bemboom’s to lose at the start of spring training.

Anthony Bemboom Career Statistics (2 seasons):

  • 2019: (25 games) 54 PA .130/.145/.204 1 HR 4 RBI
  • 2020: (21 games) 48 PA .208/.328/.417 4 HR 9 RBI

Nobody expects an All-Star caliber offense from the No.2 catcher. Still, any productivity is welcomed. Experience and defense are also amongst the biggest values a backup can have behind the plate.

Anthony Bemboom will need a strong spring camp to keep his spot on the Angels active roster.

Bemboom is 31-years old and spent ten seasons across the minor leagues before reaching the Major League Level.

Last season, the Halos called up Bemboom following the trade of Jason Castro. Bemboom’s left-handed bat and .744 OPS was a decent compliment late in the season, but the Halos will need more to compete until Stassi is ready to return.

As the incumbent, Bemboom will get a shot to keep his job during spring training, but I would not rule out Graterol and the others to make for strong competition.

Assuming Stassi is not ready, the backup catcher position will be important to begin the season because the opening day backstop will need his fair share of rest.