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MLB spring training 2017: Get to know the Angels spring training roster

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There are a lot of guys to keep track of, so this guide should help you out

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

You’ll probably want to keep this guide handy since the Angels have 28 new names on this list since September of 2016. Yes, Billy Eppler has been very busy.

An interesting fact, is that except for Sean Newcomb who was traded away, all of the Angels first round picks since 2009 will be making a trip to Tempe - a testament to how value that 1st round pick really is. The Angels forfeited 1st round picks in 2012 and 2013, but first round picks from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016 will be present in spring training.

Catchers

Name Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Name Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Martin Maldonado R/R 30 - 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Brewers, Dec 2016
Carlos Perez R/R 26 58 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Astros, Nov 2014
Francisco Arcia L/R 27 non-roster invitee AAA Free agent, Nov 2016
Michael Barash R/R 22 non-roster invitee A Drafted 9th round, 2016
Jose Briceno R/R 24 non-roster invitee A Trade with Braves, Nov 2015
Jack Kruger R/R 22 non-roster invitee Rok Drafted 20th round, 2016
Tony Sanchez R/R 28 non-roster invitee MLB Free agent, Dec 2016
Taylor Ward R/R 23 99 non-roster invitee A+ Drafted 1st round, 2015

No big surprises here. Maldando and Perez look to be the big league guys, while Sanchez and Arcia look to make themselves known during spring training since a team rarely makes it though a season with only 2 catchers. The other catchers are there mainly because the Angel have about 82 pitchers going to spring training (okay, maybe just 33).

Infielders

Name Pos Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Name Pos Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Albert Pujols DH/1B R/R 37 5 On the DL MLB Free agent, Dec 2011
Kaleb Cowart 3B S/R 24 22 40-man roster MLB Drafted 1st round, 2010
C.J. Cron DH/1B R/R 27 24 40-man roster MLB Drafted 1st round, 2011
Yunel Escobar 3B R/R 34 0 40-man roster MLB Trade with Nationals, Dec 2015
Danny Espinosa 2B S/R 29 - 40-man roster MLB Trade with Nationals, Dec 2016
Nolan Fontana 1B L/R 25 18 40-man roster AAA Claimed off waivers, Nov 2016
Jefry Marte IF/OF R/R 25 19 40-man roster MLB Trade with Tigers, Jan 2016
Cliff Pennington IF S/R 32 7 40-man roster MLB Free agent, Nov 2015
Andrelton Simmons SS R/R 27 2 40-man roster MLB Trade with Braves, Nov 2015
Luis Valbuena 1B L/R 31 - 40-man roster MLB Free agent, Jan 2017
David Fletcher SS/2B R/R 22 - non-roster invitee AA Drafted 6th round, 2015
Sherman Johnson IF L/R 26 87 non-roster invitee AAA Drafted 14th round, 2012
Rey Navarro 2B/SS S/R 27 20 non-roster invitee AAA Claimed off waivers, Dec 2015
Matt Thaiss 1B L/R 21 - non-roster invitee A Drafted 1st round, 2016
Matt Williams IF/OF R/R 27 - non-roster invitee AAA AAA Rule 5 draft, Dec 2016

Pujols isn’t technically on the DL, but isn’t expected to play much (if at all) during spring training since he’s recovering for YAFS (Yet another foot surgery). Some of these other guys like Marte and Pennington will try to keep themselves relevant since they both seem pushed to the side with some of the new additions to the team. Most of us will get our first good look at Matt Thaiss during spring training as well.

Outfielders

Name Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Name Bats/Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Kole Calhoun L/L 29 56 40-man roster MLB Drafted 8th round, 2010
Ryan LaMarre R/L 28 - 40-man roster MLB Free agent signing, Nov 2016
Cameron Maybin R/R 30 17 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Tigers, Nov 2016
Ben Revere L/R 28 - 40-man roster MLB Free agent signing, Dec 2016
Mike Trout R/R 25 27 40-man roster MLB Drafted 1st round, 2009
Dustin Ackley L/R 29 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Feb 2017
Ramon Flores L/L 25 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Nov 2016
Michael Hermosillo R/R 22 - non-roster invitee A+ Drafted 28th round, 2013
Shane Robinson R/R 32 17 non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Mar 2016
Eric Young Jr. S/R 31 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Jan 2017

We know the starting outfielders will be Trout, Calhoun, and Maybin with Revere for rest days. Keep an eye on Hermosillo during spring training. He’s not going to be on the big league team any time soon, but he’s been making a name for himself lately.

Pitchers

Name Role Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Name Role Throws Age Number Status 2016 Level How Acquired
Austin Adams RP R 30 - 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Indians, Feb 2017
Jose Alvarez RP L 27 48 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Tigers, Mar 2014
Andrew Bailey RP R 32 37 40-man roster MLB Free agent signing, Aug 2016
Cam Bedrosian RP R 25 32 40-man roster MLB Drafted 1st round, 2010
Vicente Campos SP R 24 - On the DL MLB Claimed off waviers, Nov 2016
Jesse Chavez SP R 33 - 40-man roster MLB Free agent signing, Nov 2016
Greg Mahle RP L 23 65 40-man roster MLB Drafted 15th round, 2014
Alex Meyer SP R 27 40 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Twins, Aug 2016
Keynan Middleton RP R 23 - 40-man roster AAA Drafted 3rd round, 2013
Mike Morin RP R 25 64 40-man roster MLB Drafted 13th round, 2012
Ricky Nolasco SP R 34 47 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Twins, Aug 2016
Eduardo Paredes RP R 22 - 40-man roster AA Amatuer free agent signing, Mar 2012
Brooks Pounders RP/SP R 26 - 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Tigers, Dec 2016
JC Ramirez RP R 28 66 40-man roster MLB Claimed off waivers, Jun 2016
Garrett Richards SP R 28 43 40-man roster MLB Drafted 1st round, 2009
Matt Shoemaker SP R 30 52 40-man roster MLB Non-drafted free agent, 2008
Tyler Skaggs SP L 25 45 40-man roster MLB Trade with the Diamondbacks, Dec 2013
Nate Smith SP L 25 85 40-man roster AAA Drafted 8th round, 2013
Huston Street RP R 33 16 40-man roster MLB Trade with Padres, Jul 2014
Daniel Wright SP R 26 62 40-man roster MLB Claimed off waviers, Sep 2016
Kirby Yates RP L 30 39 40-man roster MLB Claimed off waivers, Oct 2016
Manny Banuelos SP R 26 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Aug 2016
Abel De Los Santos RP R 24 - non-roster invitee MLB Claimed off waivers, Oct 2016
Cody Ege RP L 25 20 non-roster invitee MLB Claimed off waivers, Aug 2016
Drew Gagnon RP R 26 - non-roster invitee AAA Trade with the Brewers, Dec 2016
Kevin Grendell RP L 23 - non-roster invitee AA Free agent signing, Apr 2016
John Lamb SP L 26 - non-roster invitee Free agent signing, Dec 2016
Justin Miller RP R 29 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Nov 2016
Osmer Morales SP/RP R 24 - non-roster invitee AA Free agent signing, Nov 2016
Bud Norris SP/RP R 32 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Jan 2017
Blake Parker RP R 31 - non-roster invitee MLB Claimed off waviers, Dec 2016
Yusmeiro Petit RP R 32 - non-roster invitee MLB Free agent signing, Feb 2017
Jose Valdez RP R 17 32 non-roster invitee MLB Purchased from the Tigers, Jun 2016

A novel could be written on all of these guys. The 5th starter job seems to be up for grabs, as well as the inevitable 6th, 7th and 8th guys as the season wears on and takes it’s toll. The bullpen is far from set in stone as well, so the competition for pitching jobs in spring training is going to be exceiting to watch.