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Angels' Mike Trout: Working out at Little League field
Trout has been staying in shape during the MLB hiatus in part by getting work in at a Little League field near his home in New Jersey, Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports reports.
Trout indicated that he has been working out every day, though he hasn't done much hitting. He also explained that he spent about a month "working hard like the offseason" and is now "transitioning into getting ready for the season." If a 2020 campaign takes place, expect Trout to once again put up MVP-caliber numbers while hitting in the heart of an improved Angels offense.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jose Briceno: May benefit from expanded rosters
Briceno (shoulder) could garner big-league playing time as a result of expanded rosters if a 2020 season is played, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Though Jason Castro and Max Stassi are expected to open a potential 2020 campaign as the Angels' top two options at catcher, the likelihood of expanded rosters could provoke a desire for additional depth behind the plate. Any backstop promotion would likely come down to Briceno or Anthony Bemboom, with Briceno wielding a more powerful bat and Bemboom exhibiting superior plate discipline.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Anthony Bemboom: Could provide catching depth
Bemboom may spend more time in the majors than expected if a 2020 season is played with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Bemboom was optioned to Triple-A in mid-March and was expected to open the season in the minors before play was suspended. However, the likelihood of expanded rosters means that he could be used as catching depth behind Jason Castro and Max Stassi on the big-league squad. Though Bemboom's offensive skillset is limited, his potential to garner major-league playing time is aided by the injury histories of both backstops ahead of him on the depth chart.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jahmai Jones: Could receive first callup
Jones is a candidate to earn big-league playing time in 2020 if the season takes place with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Jones slashed .250/.250/.450 with a home run and a double across 20 Cactus League plate appearances before play was suspended. He was optioned to Triple-A in March and was expected to open the season there. However, with the minor-league season in limbo and a potential major-league campaign likely to include expanded rosters and a 20-man taxi squad, Jones could feasibly find his way to the Angels at some point during the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Arismendy Alcantara: Could make taxi squad
Alcantara could provide depth as a member of the Angels' taxi squad if the 2020 season is played, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Despite a strong showing in Cactus League play, Alcantara was not expected to break camp with the big-league club before spring training was suspended. However, under a proposed plan by MLB, teams may be permitted to carry 20 players who can be shuttled back and forth on the roster as part of a taxi squad. Alcantara appears to be a good option for such a role given his big-league experience and positional versatility.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jose Rojas: Expanded rosters may enable callup
Rojas could get his first opportunity in the majors if a 2020 season takes place with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Despite a strong 2019 season at Triple-A in which he slashed .293/.362/.577 with 31 home runs and 107 RBI, Rojas was not selected for a September callup and was not expected to make the big-league roster to begin the 2020 campaign. That could change with expanded rosters as Rojas could provide depth at third base and off the bench. The 27-year-old notched four hits, including a double, in 20 Cactus League at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jared Walsh: May make big-league club after all
Walsh could begin the season in the majors if rosters expand as expected, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Walsh struggled to a .150/.320/.350 slash line over 25 Cactus League plate appearances, leading to a Triple-A assignment in late March. However, with rosters likely to expand in the event a 2020 season is able to be salvaged, he could find himself with a "niche" role with the Angels, according to Ardaya. That likelihood is bolstered by Walsh's ability to double as a pitcher.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Luis Rengifo: Could benefit from expanded rosters
Rengifo may make the big-league club if the 2020 season takes place with expanded rosters, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Prior to the suspension of play, Rengifo was expected to open the season in the minor leagues. That could change with expanded rosters, particularly given his ability to fill in at multiple infield spots and be used as a pinch runner. Though Rengifo succeeded in only two of seven stolen base attempts last season, he displayed more encouraging baserunning skills with 41 thefts in 57 tries as a minor leaguer in 2018.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Tommy La Stella: Slated for second-base platoon
La Stella is expected to start at second base against right-handed pitchers if a 2020 season takes place, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
There had been murmurs of a potential move to first base for La Stella, but manager Joe Maddon quashed that idea and indicated that he wants the veteran to start at second base against righties. That leaves David Fletcher to man the position versus southpaws, though his positional versatility should keep the contact specialist's bat in the lineup on a near-everyday basis.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Jo Adell: Assignment undetermined
Adell is unlikely to begin a potential 2020 season on the big-league roster, but his landing spot may be determined by the status of minor-league plans, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Though Adell showed some positive signs before the suspension of Cactus League play, his impatience at the plate -- he racked up 13 strikeouts without drawing a walk -- led manager Joe Maddon to indicate that the promising youngster is in need of additional seasoning. Per Fletcher, that seasoning could best be accomplished in what will essentially amount to instructional leagues if teams keep minor leaguers in Arizona and/or Florida. Another option is for the Angels to designate Adell to their taxi squad (if such an option is indeed part of a 2020 framework), but that could harm Adell's development as it would limit him to workouts rather than actual game action.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Justin Anderson: Throwing off mound again
Anderson (oblique) has resumed throwing off a mound, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Anderson suffered a left oblique strain at the start of spring training and was originally expected to be sidelined to begin the season. With a potential Opening Day now expected to take place no sooner than early July, Anderson appears to be on track to begin the season ready to contribute out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Griffin Canning: Continues to progress
Canning (elbow) has been "ramping up intensity and volume," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
Canning was reported to have resumed throwing off a mound last week, and Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed that the right-hander has progressed to that stage in a text message Wednesday. With a potential Opening Day slated to take place no sooner than early July, Canning appears on track to claim a spot in the Angels' starting rotation to kick off the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Continues making progress
Ohtani (elbow) has been "ramping up intensity and volume," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
The update comes by way of Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who also noted that Ohtani has continued throwing off a mound. The two-way star was originally expected to be limited to hitting duties to begin the campaign, but with a potential Opening Day pushed back to no sooner than early July, Ohtani is now on track to be part of the starting rotation from the get-go.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Griffin Canning: Throwing off mound again
Canning (elbow) has been cleared to start throwing bullpen sessions, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
In a post to his story on his personal Instagram page, Canning shared video of himself throwing in the bullpen at Angel Stadium on Tuesday. That suggests the right-hander has continued to progress in his recovery from the elbow discomfort that sidelined him in late February. The injury was originally expected to land Canning on the injured list to begin the season, but with MLB play still suspended, chances are high that he could be ready to pitch whenever play resumes.... See More ... See Less
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