About a month ago I wrote about how the infield could potentially shape up and when discussing bench spots the common word that I brought up was versatility. Joe Maddon has proven how much he values players that can play in multiple spots. While my belief was Luis Rengifo had a slight edge due to his ability to play shortstop, Rojas power potential and production was an obvious draw for the Angels skipper.
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Angels: Jose Rojas is the type of player Joe Maddon loves.
However the decision is also likely attributed to Rojas’ versatility as well. While being a player that has ‘no true position’ Rojas has spent most of his minor league career playing third base but has put in substantial time at first and second base while taking time developing as a corner outfielder as well.
His bat will get him in the lineup, but being able to play around the field will keep him there. As a right-handed heavy team, having Rojas’ lefty bat off the bench will be valuable for Maddon along with the fact that he can cover many positions and not depleting the bench. It can also benefit giving guys a day off for either rest or lack of production.
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While the fans are all excited for the season to start, keep an eye on Jose Rojas as he will be playing for his hometown team. While it is a good story, look for the 28-year old rookie to provide another element for the Angels offense.