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Grading the Angels’ Depth

Photo by Nakai Green

Photo by Nakai Green

Heading into this season, the Angels’ farm system was deemed the worst in baseball. Heading towards the non-waiver trade deadline, the Angels made a variety of trades to bolster an Achilles’ heel of a bullpen. In the process, some prospects departed from the Angels’s system, leaving it a bit deeper in the hole. Despite all of that, the Angels’ depth is still there. Though the depth may not be as prestigious as it once was, there are some areas of hope.


Major League Talent: B-

Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger have been the Angels’ catching duo for the past couple seasons, and at the moment, they are the only catchers on the Angels’ 40-man roster. Conger was seen as the future for the Angels at backstop, but he has gone through struggles with hitting at the Major League level, along with struggles with throwing down to second base. Not much was really expected out of Conger defensively, but offensively, he was seen as above-average coming up through the organization. However, in the course of his part-time duties behind the plate with the Angels over five seasons, Conger has proven to be far below average of a hitter, which is displayed by his .287 wOBA and 83 wRC+ over his Major League career. While Chris Iannetta has not been much better defensively, he’s been an above average hitter, and this year has been no exception. Though Iannetta’s strikeout rate has been high, he’s still been able to take walks (seventh best rate amongst catchers with at least 200 plate appearances) and has had the highest BABIP in the Majors amongst catchers (with at least 200 plate appearances).

Minor League Talent: D+

In the minors, John Buck (Triple-A) and Jett Bandy (Double-A) are the likeliest catchers to see Major League time in the near future. 34-year-old Buck has been hitting well since the Angels picked him up. 24-year-old Bandy has hit well and has done well defensively. Buck could see himself being call-up in September, but Bandy is a year or two out from seeing time in the Majors.
In High-A, the only notable player that could play catcher is Cal Towey, but he’s spent most of this year at third base and right field. Towey shows good contact, speed, power, and patience, but he’s still much older than the league he’s in. Overall, he’s not as likely to see much time behind the plate.
Two names from the Orem Owlz (Rookie League) that are notable are undrafted free agents Wade Wass and Michael Strentz, who are both 22 years old. Both of them have been impressive with the bat, and Strentz has been impressive with throwing out would-be basestealers.

Overall Outlook: C-

It’s possible that the duo of Iannetta and Conger could only have one more years left, as Iannetta is a free agent after next season. With Conger’s struggles, it is possible that the Angels could move him to a team in need of catching depth (e.g., TB, CWS, PHI). If Buck comes up this year and does well, he could see himself as the Angels’ back-up catcher next season.
Bandy still needs to get time in at Triple-A before garnering consideration for a roster spot down the line. Bandy’s readiness and performance at higher levels will likely determine whether Iannetta gets re-signed. Iannetta could always be re-signed to a one or two-year deal, but Bandy performance next year could prove to be the determining factor of the Angels’ catching future.

First Base

Major League Talent: B+

When you have a future Hall of Famer at first base, even if it’s a declining Hall of Famer, it’s hard to see the position on the team to be anything less than a strength. While Albert Pujols isn’t the Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, he’s still a great player that will give you 30 home runs and 100 RBI a year.
Along with Pujols, the Angels have had Efren Navarro and C.J. Cron at first base this year as well. While Navarro isn’t an All-Star, nor is he an everyday starter, he’s a solid left-handed bat off the bench and is a great fielder. C.J. Cron still has a good deal of potential, as he is still only 24 years old and has shown tremendous power. However, like Mark Trumbo, Cron has dealt with excessive strikeouts and the lack of walks. His patience will have to be worked on before he can become the bonafide threat that he has the potential to be.

Minor League Talent: B-

Cron has bounced between the Majors and Triple-A over the past two months, but for the most part he is just about ready to share first and DH with Pujols (along with Navarro). There are some options at Triple-A with Luis Jimenez and waiver-claim Ryan Wheeler, both of whom are primarily third basemen. Jimenez is a slick-fielder with some power and some speed, while Wheeler presents a left-handed bat that has some power and has shown some patience.
Lower in the system, the Angels have Brian Hernandez (Double-A), Wade Hinkle (High-A), Eric Aguilera (Low-A), Wade Wass (R-Orem), and Fran Whitten (R-Orem). Hernandez, who has played at third base as well, is a nice contact hitter. Hinkle has good contact, very good power, and great patience, but he is 24 years old and is in High-A. Aguilera has good contact, speed, power, and patience, but he is 24 years old and in Low-A. Wass, who has also plays catcher, and Whitten have both been tearing up Rookie League. Wass is 22 years old and has shown good contact, above-average power, and solid patience. Whitten is 23 years old and was the Angels’ 37th round pick this year. He has fantastic contact and power, but his patience isn’t all there.

Overall Outlook: B-

Pujols, with all of his injuries he faced on the Angels alone, only has a few good years left at first base before the DH will consume the bulk of his playing time. Cron will have to step up more over the coming years, along with Navarro.
Jimenez, Wheeler, and Hernandez will likely be looked at primarily at third base. Hinkle, Aguilera, Wass, and Whitten are all older than the leagues they are in, so they would all need to prove they can hit at much higher levels before much consideration can be given.

Second Base

Major League Talent: B

Howie Kendrick has been an above-average second baseman most of his career in the Majors. Backing him up is veteran, defensive specialist John McDonald. On the DL is Grant Green, who figures to be Kendrick’s replacement after next year when Kendrick becomes a free agent. Kendrick will likely yield some trade talk this offseason and next trade deadline (if he’s not traded before then). McDonald won’t likely be re-signed, unless David Freese is non-tendered and Grant Green is slated as starting third baseman.
The Angels did acquired Gordon Beckham from the Chicago White Sox recently. He has been touted for his defense and his bat against lefties, but with how bad he has hit against righties, anything more than the occasional game against a lefty is unlikely.

Minor League Talent: B

Though Taylor Lindsey was traded to the San Diego Padres in the  Huston Street deal, there is still notable depth at second base. Alex Yarbrough (Double-A) is the highest rated second base prospect in the Angels organization since Lindsey was traded. The 22-year-old has hit well in a pitcher-friendly league, but his strikeout and walk rates can be a bit disconcerting.
In High-A, Sherman Johnson has been valuable offensively and defensively (was voted by managers of the California League as the leagues’ best fielding second baseman). The 24-year-old Johnson doesn’t have the contact of Yarbrough, but he has shown above-average speed, very good power, and great patience. He’s also had experience at third base and shortstop.
In Low-A, Kody Eaves has shown good contact, very good power, and great speed. The 22-year-old has dealt with a high strikeout rate, but he’s still young enough to potentially improve.

Overall Outlook: B

Kendrick likely won’t be re-signed by the Angels, so Grant Green is his likeliest replacement. Green at second base, however, is dependent on what happens at third base, whether someone is signed or a more viable option there is chosen.
Beckham is only a viable option in the lineup against lefties, but since Kendrick and Green hit very well against lefties, playing time anywhere is uncertain. Beckham, like Kendrick, becomes a free agent after next season, so there’s another thing to take into consideration for the future.
Yarbrough still has the test of Triple-A next year, which was an obstacle that Lindsey didn’t adjust well to this year. Johnson will likely only be seen in a possible Chone Figgins role in the future. Eaves is still young and still has untapped potential that could garner attention in the coming years for him.

Third Base

Major League Talent: C-

David Freese had very cold first two months of this season (.203 for first couple months), but since then, he’s hit a bit under .300. However, his strikeout rate has been consistently around 27 percent all throughout the season.
Grant Green, who has been sidelined with a lumbar strain, has been getting more comfortable at third base. John McDonald has been Freese’s defensive replacement late in the game, but does not contribute much at all offensively.
Gordon Beckham is an option at third base, though he hasn’t played there since his rookie year (2009). Also, Beckham would likely only see playing time against lefties, and both Freese and Green have hit very well against lefties.

Minor League Talent: C

In Triple-A alone, the Angels have three third basemen, with Luis Jimenez, Ryan Wheeler, and Ian Stewart. While Stewart is not likely to return to the Angels organization after this year, Jimenez and Wheeler have played at Quadruple-A status; they’ve done what they could at Triple-A, but the Majors hasn’t yielded the most pleasant of results.
In Double-A, third base prospect Kaleb Cowart is likely wrapping up his career as a position player, and is likely going to be converted to a pitcher, after his second poor season in a row. Also in Double-A, Brian Hernandez is having a productive season, though since Cowart has gotten as much opportunity as possible at third, he’s seen most of his time at first base this year.
In High-A, Cal Towey and Sherman Johnson both have extensive experience at third base, and both have tools and potential to be notable down the line. Towey, who has also been played in right field and a bit at catcher, has shown good contact, speed, power, and patience. Johnson has shown a bit worse contact than Towey, but has shown better speed, power, and patience. However, both Towey and Johnson are 24 years old and have yet to be challenge at higher levels.
In Low-A, Zach Houchins, who was the Angels’ 13th round pick this year, has been struggling to adjust to his promotion. Houchins tore it up at Orem with a 1.068 OPS, but has since struggled after being promoted to Low-A. Houchins did show good contact, power, and patience. He can also be an option at shortstop.

Overall Outlook: C

With Freese starting to pick it up offensively, his future with the Angels has become more opaque. He’s going into his final year of arbitration, and since he made about $5 million this year, he’ll likely get in the neighborhood of $6-7 million for next year. If Freese is non-tendered and the Angels do not sign a free agent third baseman, Grant Green is slated as the Angels’ third baseman next year.
Down the line, especially if Kendrick is moved and Green becomes the starting second baseman, right-handed hitting Jimenez and left-handed hitting Wheeler could platoon at third base. Beckham will also be in the fold with a platoon, but next year will be his last year before free agency.
Hernandez, Towey, Johnson, and Houchins all still need to prove themselves at high levels. Hernandez and Johnson both aren’t likely to be much more than bench players in the long run. Towey would not likely be more than a bench option unless he sees more time behind the plate. Houchins is still young and could have the potential to grow into a quality player, but still needs to make an adjustment to higher levels.


Major League Talent: B

Erick Aybar has been solid at short most of his career with the Angels. He has not only been solid offensively, but he’s been one of the best defensive shortstops in the Majors.
John McDonald hasn’t had much time at shortstop with Aybar’s durability. Aybar was down for a bit earlier in the season, which led to McDonald and Grant Green sharing time at short.
Grant Green, who was initially a shortstop coming up, got his first Major League start at shortstop in Aybar’s absence. Green has gotten a bit more time at shortstop in the minors this year than last year, but there won’t be many occasions where he’ll get penciled in as the Angels’ shortstop.
Gordon Beckham has had experience at shortstop in the minors and in college, but has barely had any time in the Majors there. Any possibility of Beckham at shortstop would be against lefties, since Aybar has had his struggles this year against southpaws.

Minor League Talent: C-

After Jose Rondon was traded away in the Huston Street deal, the Angels’ shortstop depth took a major hit. In Triple-A, Shawn O’Malley is the most notable player that can play shortstop, but he is likely to top out as a Sean Rodriguez utility type of player in the Majors.
In Double-A, resides the highest-ranked shortstop in the Angels organization with Eric Stamets. Stamets has dealt with injuries and poor hitting for most of the year, but in August he’s been able to make solid contact and have the hits drop in.
In High-A, Angel Rosa, Sherman Johnson, and Alex Allbritton have picked up for the departed Rondon. Rosa, who had played at third base most of the year in Low-A, has hit very well since being promoted to High-A. He struggled in Low-A, mostly due to high amount of strikeouts (103 SO in 395 ABs), but has been able to keep the strikeouts at bay in High-A. Johnson had some time at short after Rondon was traded, but that was before Rosa was promoted. Allbritton, like Johnson and O’Malley, won’t get much higher than a bench utility player.
In Low-A, Zach Houchins has a good amount of potential, but it is uncertain how much time he’ll see at short, as opposed to third base, in the future.

Overall Outlook: C

Aybar has two years left on his contract after this season. While Green can play shortstop, it’s unlikely he’ll take over there when Aybar is gone. Green is more likely to take over at third base next year or even take over for Kendrick at second base.
Stamets will have to show he can hit at least decently in Triple-A next year to remain in the fold for shortstop down the line. Houchins could turn out to be a solid player, but indications are that he could see the majority of his time at third base. After Aybar, there is much uncertainty involved with depth at shortstop for the Angels.


Major League Talent: A-

Any outfield that includes Mike Trout is a great outfield. Trout is arguably the best overall player in baseball, despite what personal agendas MVP voters have.
Kole Calhoun has gone above and beyond many of the expectations that most people had with him coming into his first season as a full-time starter. Calhoun has been one of the best players on the Angels and one of the best lead-off hitters in league.
Josh Hamilton has shown glimpses of his dominant self, but for the most part has been disappointing. He has been highly susceptible to strikeouts and his power has dropped off even more from the drop-off of his first year with the Angels.
Collin Cowgill has proven to be a valuable outfielder off the bench, especially against lefties. He has done well defensively, and has shown admirable hustle on the field.
Efren Navarro and Grant Green have spent time in the outfield this year, both showing surprising defense, though their playing time will likely lean towards the infield. Both have hit well this year and have been valuable off the bench and in spot starts.

Minor League Talent: B

In Triple-A, J.B. Shuck, Brennan Boesch, and Tony Campana (came over in Joe Thatcher deal) have all done very well, and all three of them are on the Angels’ 40-man roster. All have been Quadruple-A players and only figure to be fourth outfielders at best in the Majors. Shuck has good contact, good defense, and great patience. Boesch has good contact and power, while Campana has good defense and speed.
In Double-A, 27-year-old Matt Long has bee struggling since being demoted to Arkansas to replace traded outfield prospect Zach Borenstein (in Joe Thatcher deal). Long has still been able to take walks and steal bases, but strikeouts have hurt him. He has good defense at all three outfield position, and he’s had experience at second base and third base. He only figures to be a fourth outfielder at best, however.
In High-A, 23-year-olds Chad Hinshaw and Mark Shannon have been quietly doing very well. Both of them are natural center fielder from the Angels’ 2013 draft (Hinshaw in 15th round, Shannon in 24th round), and both have great speed with good power. Hinshaw has shown better power, speed, ability to take a walk, and a bit better defense, but has subsequently dealt with more strikeouts. Shannon has been able to make more consistently good contact at the plate.
In Low-A, Angels’ 7th round pick Bo Way has been tearing it up. He’s a natural center fielder, but coaches have said he can play all three outfield positions. He’s shown good speed, great contact, great defense, above-average power, and has kept the strikeouts at bay (less than 10% strikeout rate for the year).
In Orem, 18-year-old Natanael Delgado and 19-year-old Miguel Hermosillo both have high ceilings, though Delgado has a higher ceiling. Hermosillo (28th round pick in 2013) has shown good patience and decent power this year. He’s struggled lately, but he’s still been able to take walks. Delgado has shown good contact and power, but has struggled a bit with plate discipline. He’s had a very good year, but hasn’t played since August 7th after being hit in the helmet with a pitch.

Overall Outlook: A-

For now, Trout and Calhoun have carried the Angels’ outfield quite well. They will be one of the best outfield duos in the league, along with the best 1-2 punches at the top of the lineups. Hamilton has three more years left on his contract with the Angels, so it’ll be imperative for him to at least find the middle ground between his potential and his struggles.
While the more Major League ready outfield talent in the Angels organization (Shuck, Boesch, Campana, Long) won’t likely be much better than bench players, there’s not a demand for outfield help at the moment. Hinshaw, Shannon, Way, Delgado, and Hermosillo all have a few more years before they would even start to garner consideration for the Majors. Way and Delgado, in particular, will be players to definitely keep an eye on down the line.

Starting Pitching

Major League TalentC+

With Garrett Richards (torn patellar tendon) out until next season and Tyler Skaggs (Tommy John surgery) out until 2016, the Angels’ rotation has taken a major hit. Jered Weaver has been having a decent year, Matt Shoemaker has been having a surprise rookie season, and Hector Santiago has been great since returning from the minors. C.J. Wilson has been pitching well over the past couple outings, but overall has been having a forgettable season. Wade LeBlanc is taking over the final spot in the rotation, after having a decent year in Triple-A Salt Lake (10-3, 4.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 116:37 K/BB in 123.2 IP).

Minor League Talent: B

In Triple-A, the only notable starters are 38-year-old veteran Randy Wolf and 26-year-old former first rounder Caleb Clay (who was called up to the Angels earlier this month but didn’t pitch). Wolf is not having a terrible year, but he’s not having a very good one either. Clay has been a nice surprise this season, though he’s struggled since his return from the brief trip to the Angels. Wolf could see some time with the Angels if LeBlanc struggles or someone else gets hurt. Clay is likely just minor league roster depth at this point.
In Double-A, Michael Roth, Drew Rucinski, Tyler DeLoach, Nate Smith, and Kyle McGowin are all prospects that are just about Major League ready or close to it. Roth has seen Major League time, but hasn’t been all too impressive (6.75 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 21:8 K/BB in 26.2 IP). He has had a very good year in Double-A, but he’s had an unpleasant strikeout-to-walk ratio. His pitching mechanics also suggest that his future is most likely in the bullpen.
Rucinski has been another success story of an undrafted minor league free agent out of independent ball. He’s shown great control and has an excellent fastball and splitter.
DeLoach has done fantastic this year, and has hit the ground running after his promotion to Double-A. The 23-year-old tall lefty has also sported a 10.0 K/9 rate for the year.
Smith and McGowin are both currently on the DL, but both of them have shown great talent and potential. Both were draft picks from 2013 (Smith in the 8th round, McGowin in the 5th round). They have shown great control, and Smith has shown great strikeout ability.
In Low-A, there’s first-rounder Sean Newcomb, Victor Alcantara, Yency Almonte, Daniel Hurtado, and Harrison Cooney. Newcomb has struggled so far in his time up in Low-A, but much is expected out of him in years to come. He could be knocking at the door of the Angels as early as the end of next season or 2016.
Alcantara (22), Almonte (20), Hurtado (22), and Cooney (22) are young arms that have good potential. Alcantara represented the Angels organization in this year’s Futures Game. He has a great fastball, but control problems have led to excessive walks. Almonte has shown good control, but he has been dealing with injuries this year. Hurtado and Cooney have been the best pitchers on the team this season. Hurtado has had great control and has been able to rack up the strikeouts. While Cooney isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher, he’s been able to greatly limit baserunners. He’s been Burlington’s most consistent pitcher.
In Orem, there’s Chris Ellis (3rd round pick this year), Keynan Middleton (3rd round pick last year), and Jonah Wesely (11th round pick last year). Ellis has a tall frame (6’5″), good potential, and decent stuff. However, he’s struggled this year and has been very hittable so far.
Middleton has very raw potential, which has not worked out so far for the Angels. He struggled last year and has continued to greatly struggle this year. He’s still 20 years old, so there’s still a possibility for him to turn things around.
Wesely has done extraordinarily this year, especially for being drafted out of high school. He’s been used mostly out of the bullpen this year, but most of his outings have been at least three innings. He’ll likely step up next year into a more prominent starting role, in which he would definitely be a pitcher to keep an eye on.
In the AZL, there’s Ricardo Sanchez, Joe Gatto (2nd round pick this year), Hunter Green (2nd round pick last year), and Jared Ruxer (12th round pick this year). Sanchez has perhaps one of the highest upsides in the Angels organization. He has dealt with control issues and he doesn’t have the tallest frame (5’11”), but being 17 years old and still posting a sub-4 ERA and a plus-10 K/9 rate are good signs so far.
Gatto was drafted out of high school, but he has good potential and projects to possibly be a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher. He’s been hit hard this year so far, but he’s been able to keep the walks down.
Green (back injury) and Ruxer (Tommy John surgery) have both been out the entire year, but both have great potential. Green is a tall lefty that could eventually be a number two or three starter. He’s still 19, so there’s plenty of time to get him back into the rhythm next year when he’s healthy. Ruxer would’ve been drafted much higher if it weren’t for him getting Tommy John surgery. If he recovers nicely from surgery, he could be a valuable arm in the organization. He was one of the top starters at Louisville.
In the DSL, 16-year-old Crusito Mieses has been pitching fantastically. He has a nice tall frame (6’5″) and already has pretty decent stuff. In 13 games (12 starts) so far this year, he has a 1.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 56 strikeouts to 24 walks in 64 innings, and has an impressive 6.5 H/9 rate.

Overall Outlook: B-

Though Richards and Skaggs are out for the season, Richards should be back by the beginning of next year. The Angels will still have Weaver, Wilson, Shoemaker, and Santiago to round out the possible rotation.
Nate Smith, Tyler DeLoach, Drew Rucinski, and Kyle McGowin could all possibly compete for a spot in the Angels’ rotation next Spring Training, though it’s likely the Angels would like to see them prove themselves in Triple-A first.
Sean Newcomb will be someone to look out for next year, as he could climb up the organizational ladder quickly. While Chris Ellis could rise up quickly as well, he’s still at least two years away from Major League consideration.
Ricardo Sanchez, Joe Gatto, Hunter Green, Jonah Wesely, and Crusito Mieses are all young arms that have plenty of potential to make them interesting names to keep an eye on down the line.

Relief Pitching

Major League Talent: B+

The Angels’ bullpen is currently the strongest it’s been in years. Huston Street as closer has given the Angels the final anchor to stabilize things. Joe Smith and Mike Morin have been fantastic all year, while Kevin Jepsen has made his atrocious Opening Day performance very forgettable with his dominance since then. Fernando Salas has quietly been a very consistent arm in the bullpen. Jason Grilli has come back to form since being traded to the Angels, and has been very reliable late in games. Cory Rasmus has been one of the most overlooked and underrated arm on the Angels this year. He has bounced back and forth between the Angels and Triple-A, but has done a tremendous job overall.

Minor League Talent: B+

In Triple-A, there is Vinnie Pestano, Cam Bedrosian, and Michael Kohn. Pestano was acquired earlier this month from the Cleveland Indians (for pitching prospect Michael Clevinger), and has shown the dominance that had made him a valuable reliever in the past. He has the shutdown stuff that also racks up plenty of strikeouts.
Bedrosian has been undoubtedly the best and most effective reliever in the Angels minor leagues this year. His numbers in the minors have been almost video game-like, but things haven’t quite translated to the Majors for him yet. There are still adjustments to be made and confidence to be built before Bedrosian is a mainstay in the Angels’ bullpen, but that shouldn’t be too far off.
Kohn has shown to be a very effective reliever for the Angels in the past, but he has been dealing with control issues this year. While his strikeouts have been near the amount of innings pitched, so has his walks.
In Double-A, there is Jairo Diaz, Trevor Gott, and Dan Reynolds. Diaz, who was converted from a catcher, has been a very dominant reliever and one of the most pleasant surprises in the Angels organization this year. His stuff, dominance, and his conversion from catcher all make the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen a very good Major League comparison.
Gott, who came over with Street from the San Diego Padres, has hit the ground running since coming over to the Angels organization. He’s have been known to have a great closer’s mentality, and he has stuff and dominance to be a closer. He’s a groundball pitcher that also racks plenty of strikeouts.
Reynolds has made a great transition to the bullpen, as he’s been a very underrated reliever this year. While he has been hit hard a bit this season, he’s controlled the walks and has been able to get the strikeouts to limit damage. He has good stuff and a deceptive motion to make his stuff even better.
In High-A, Mark Sappington has completely turned things around since moving to the bullpen. He had horrific control problem as a starter this year, but has not dealt with much of that as a reliever. As a starter this season (in Double-A and High-A), he had a 7.6 BB/9 rate, but as a reliever (in High-A) he has had 1.95 BB/9 rate, while also having a 14.96 K/9 rate.
In Low-A, lefty Greg Mahle (15th round pick this year) and righty Ronnie Muck (30th round pick this year) have both quickly proven to be solid relievers. Mahle is only 21 years old and he’s dominated Low-A. Mahle could easily see time in Double-A next year. Muck has struggled a bit in Low-A since his promotion, but overall, he’s shown dominance and great control.
In Orem, 19-year-old Eduardo Paredes has been absolutely dominant. He’s done a fantastic job at limiting baserunners, while racking up the strikeouts. He’s someone to look for in the coming years, especially since his dominance could lead to a quick rise through the organization.
In the AZL, David Murillo and Nick Wagner (31st round pick this year) have both shown spectacular control and dominance. 22-year-old Murillo was an undrafted free agent pick-up by the Angels this year. In 32 innings, he’s only walked two batters, while striking out 33. He’s also done a great job at limiting hits. Wagner has struck out 32 and has walked four batters so far this season, but he’s done so in only 18.2 innings. He’s also done a great job at limiting hits.

Overall Outlook: B+

The only reliever on the Angels now that won’t likely be back next year is Grilli. Street has one more year left after this year, but could quite possibly sign an extension. Smith, Jepsen, and Salas are all set to become free agents after the 2016 season. All in all, the Angels has plenty of returning bullpen pieces.
Pestano, Bedrosian, Diaz, and Gott will all certainly be competing for bullpen spots next year, while Reynolds, Sappington, Mahle, and Muck are a couple years or so away from Major League consideration. The Angels’ bullpen in the near future and beyond appears to be covered.

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