Projected LA Angels Opening Day lineup during MLB lockout
The bottom of my projected LA Angels Opening Day lineup right now will be great table-setters for the top of it.
Batting seventh for the LA Angels: Max Stassi, C
Max Stassi is poised for a huge year this season for the LA Angels. All he needs to do is stay healthy. He's shown the ability to get hot and stay hot, proving he can win AL Player of the Week last year and posting a 112 OPS+ these past two seasons.
Batting eighth for the LA Angels: David Fletcher, 2B
I don't expect the LA Angels to bat David Fletcher high in the order in 2022 due to the other options and due to how he finished the season. He hit .167/.213/.201 (.414 OPS) in his last 52 games. That being said, he hit .319 on the season in 2020, proving that he has what it takes to get back on track.
Batting second leadoff for the LA Angels: Tyler Wade, SS
Of the options the LA Angels have at shortstop, Tyler Wade is the best one. And I don't suspect they'll be upgrading with a better player than Wade after the lockout. There are names still left out there, but I think the Angels will focus on pitching if anything once this lockout is over.
Still, this lineup as is will be one of the best in the American League, and one of the best in the entire league if Rendon does bounce back. Featuring the two best players in baseball, the sky is the limit with this group.