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Angels have a mix of speed and power on their roster

With fleet outfielders Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout hitting around the power trio of Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo, a little pitching could go a long way.

March 31, 2013|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Mike Trout will begin the season in left field and batting No. 1 for the Angels.
Mike Trout will begin the season in left field and batting No. 1 for the Angels. (Jared Wickerham / Getty…)

Sizing up the Angels' 25-man roster for opening day:

STARTERS

No.; Name; ;Pos.; B/T; Age; Comment

27; Mike Trout; LF; R/R;2 1; AL MVP runnerup hit .326 with .399 OBP, .564 slugging, 30 HRs, 129 runs, 49 stolen bases in 2012.

2; Erick Aybar; SS; S/R; 29; Superb defender, great speed, good bunter but has a .320 career OBP; needs to be more selective in two-hole.

5; Albert Pujols; 1B; R/R; 33; Only player in MLB history to hit 30 or more HRs in each of his first 12 seasons; is 25 HRs shy of 500.

32; Josh Hamilton; RF; L/L; 31; Hit .368 with 21 HRs, 57 RBIs last April-May; .245 with 22 HRs, 71 RBIs in last four months.

44; Mark Trumbo; DH; R/R;2 7; Hit .268 with 32 HRs and 95 RBIs but lost swing during prolonged second-half slump.

47; Howie Kendrick; 2B; R/R; 29; Only MLB second baseman with 30-plus doubles, 60-plus RBIs and 10-plus SBs in last three seasons.

6; Alberto Callaspo; 3B; S/R; 29; Solid defender with good plate discipline; could move to two-hole if Aybar struggles.

17; Chris Iannetta; C; R/R;30;Capable defender, 15-HR power; career OBP of .357 is 122 points higher than career average of .235.

25; Peter Bourjos; CF; R/R; 26; Speedster looks to regain 2011 form, when he hit .271 with 12 HRs, 11 3Bs, 26 2Bs, 72 runs.

PITCHING ROTATION

No.; Name; B/T; Age; Comment

36; Jered Weaver; R/R; 30; Strikeouts down in 2012, but 20-game winner led AL in opponents average (.214), WHIP (1.018), hits per 9 IP (7.0).

33; C.J. Wilson; L/L; 32; All-Star in first half (9-5, 2.43 ERA) of 2012; looked lost in second half (4-5, 5.54 ERA, 11-game winless streak).

55; Joe Blanton; R/R; 32; Struck out 166, walked 34 in 191 innings last season; stuff isn't overwhelming but usually keeps team in game.

60; Jason Vargas; L/L; 30; Changeup specialist gave up 35 HRs, second most in MLB, but had 14-11 record with 3.85 ERA for Seattle in 2012.

48; Tommy Hanson; R/R; 26; Trying to end three-year trend in which ERA has risen and fastball velocity has dopped.

BULLPEN

No.; Name; B/T; Age; Comment

49; Ernesto Frieri; R/R; 27; Was savior after May 3 acquisition from Padres, with a 4-2 record, 2.32 ERA, 23 saves, 80 strikeouts in 54 1/3 IP.

40; Kevin Jepsen; R/R;2 8; Had 3-1 record with 1.67 ERA in 40 games after July 5 recall from triple-A.

37; Scott Downs; L/L; 37; Faded badly after mid-July shoulder strain with 8.62 ERA in 15 2/3 IP in last 25 games; looked shaky this spring.

24; Sean Burnett; L/L;3 0; Had 1-2 record with 2.38 ERA, 31 holds for Washington in 2012, but was slowed by lower-back tightness this spring.

57; Jerome Williams; R/R; 31; Long reliever, spot-starter needs to keep sinker down to be effective; he didn't this spring.

43; Garrett Richards; R/R; 24; One of team's few pitching bright spots with a 1.62 ERA in 16 2/3 spring innings.

38; Mark Lowe; R/R; 29;S igned Wednesday after being released by pitching-rich Dodgers; has a 95-mph fastball.

RESERVES

No.; Name; Pos.; B/T; Age; Comment

7; Andrew Romine; INF; L/R; 27; Natural shortstop is smooth, reliable defender at three infield spots; good speed and bunting ability.

16; Hank Conger; C; R/S; 25; Struggled with throwing accuracy all spring but adds strong left-handed bat to bench.

39; J.B. Shuck; OF; L/L; 27; Hit .354 with 10 RBIs in 26 Cactus League games; has .272 average, 359 OBP in 37 career big-league games.

20; Brendan Harris; INF; R/R; 32; Has played in 485 major league games since 2004, with a .260 average, .318 OBP, 29 HRs, 158 RBIs.

DISABLED LIST: Ryan Madson, RHP, still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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