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November 8, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

by Mike Gianella


For the second year in a row, aggressive free agent spending led to high expectations that the Angels didn’t deliver on—both on the field and for their fantasy squads. The club’s 78-84 finish in 2013 led to the team’s worst record in 10 years. While there were some solid performances by a few key performers, the Angels were a victim of injuries to aging veterans and a lack of depth in the starting lineup. This wasn’t a fantasy black hole (no team with Mike Trout in the fold can be considered bereft of fantasy usefulness), but if you invested big in the Angels in 2013, there is a good chance you were disappointed.

Will 2014 be a transitional year for LA or will the Angels climb back into contention? Here is an early sneak peak at what we anticipate for the Angels next season.

Angels’ Top 10 Prospects List

Projected Lineup

  1. CF Peter Bourjos
  2. LF Mike Trout
  3. 1B Albert Pujols
  4. RF Josh Hamilton
  5. DH Mark Trumbo
  6. 2B Howie Kendrick
  7. SS Erick Aybar
  8. 3B Luis Jimenez
  9. C Chris Iannetta

Trout is the obvious must-buy/draft player here, but after that come a host of questions. Pujols (foot) and Bourjos (wrist) are both recovering from injuries and should be ready for spring training, but both come with question marks. Bourjos’ potential speed has always tantalized, but he hasn’t run much since his rookie campaign in 2011. A full recovery from plantar fasciitis should translate to better numbers for Pujols across the board, but he is entering his Age 34 season and hasn’t been an elite force since 2010. Hamilton is only a year younger than Pujols and coming off of a year when he flailed at anything that moved. He might bounce back, but it will take more than just good BABIP luck to fix what ails Hamilton. It’s important to remember Hamilton and Pujols both have fantasy value, they just no longer have the top 20 or 30 value that they had earlier in their careers.

Projected Bench

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