Spring Training roster breakdown …

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Spring Training will be a little different for the Angels this year, in a good way.

Remember last year, when there was no way to nail down exactly what the Angels’ Opening Day roster would look like? Kendrys Morales was still recovering; Mark Trumbo was learning third base; Vernon Wells, Bobby Abreu and Peter Bourjos were fighting for playing time in the outfield; Mike Trout was hoping to find some way to stick; Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis were wondering how much they’d play.

This year, I can pretty much give you 23 of the 25 players who will crack the active roster (if healthy, of course).

But there are 64 players (so far) who will be in Tempe Diablo Stadium by the end of this week. And on the eve before pitchers and catchers report, I thought I’d break down the roster for you.

A few quick notes: Some of those I have “competing,” particularly for the final bullpen spot, can easily be placed in the “Minor League depth” section. … I’d bet on Hank Conger locking down the back-up catcher spot and Garrett Richards winning the final bullpen spot. … Back-up infielder and back-up outfielder are wide open, in my mind. And all the candidates for each are very similar. Yes, I think the last bench spot will be a left-handed-hitting outfielder-type.

LOCKS

Rotation

Jered Weaver
C.J. Wilson
Tommy Hanson
Jason Vargas
Joe Blanton

Bullpen

CL: Ryan Madson
SU: Ernesto Frieri
SU: Sean Burnett
MR: Kevin Jepsen
MR: Scott Downs
MR: ???
LR: Jerome Williams

Starters

C: Chris Iannetta
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Howie Kendrick
3B: Alberto Callaspo
SS: Erick Aybar
LF: Mike Trout
CF: Peter Bourjos
RF: Josh Hamilton
DH: Mark Trumbo

Bench

C: ???
INF: ???
OF: Vernon Wells
RES: ???

COMPETING

Final bullpen spot

RH Fernando Cabrera
RH David Carpenter
RH Bobby Cassevah
RH Robert Coello
RH Steve Geltz
RH Kevin Johnson
RH Hiroyuki Kobayashi
RH Michael Kohn
LH Nick Maronde
RH Tony Pena
RH Garrett Richards
LH Brandon Sisk
LH Mitch Stetter

Back-up catcher

Hank Conger
Luke Carlin
John Hester

Back-up infielder

Tommy Field
Bill Hall
Brendan Harris
Luis Rodriguez
Andrew Romine

Last bench spot (OF)

Kole Calhoun
Scott Cousins
Trent Oeltjen
J.B. Shuck
Matt Young

PROSPECTS

C Jett Bandy
RH Ryan Brasier
3B Kaleb Cowart
OF Randal Grichuk
3B Luis Jimenez
2B Taylor Lindsey
C Carlos Ramirez
RH A.J. Schugel
SS Eric Stamets
LH Andrew Taylor
CF Travis Witherspoon
C Zach Wright
2B Alex Yarbrough

MINOR LEAGUE DEPTH

RH Billy Buckner
RH Barry Enright
LH Brad Mills
1B Efren Navarro

Alden 

9 Comments

Good stuff. I like a full depth chart. Keep it comin brotha

Bobby Cassevah for final bullpen spot.

I concur!!!

For the final bench spot, there is the debate as to whether you want to bring your best prospect up to sit on the bench and get into a game once every 10 days for one at-bat or to leave them at Triple A where they can play everyday. I know you want your best on the big league club, but aren’t you wasting potential by having them sit on the bench. I personally would rather have a Bill Hall (if he doesn’t win the back-up infielder job), who has had his shot at the big time, sitting on the bench than a Kole Calhoun who hasn’t had his shot yet.

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The back up infielder slot will be an interesting battle. This is typically a very crucial role within the Angels, as seen by Izturis role with this team the past few years.

Great job, as usual, Alden. Love your work

I think Enright is going to turn some heads this year. He has been working with Butcher in the offseason since they both live in Chandler. Butcher has changed his release point and it is making a huge difference.

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