We are about 2.5 weeks into Spring Training 2018 and the Angels have played 13 games. Mid way through spring will be here before we know it. So who stands out at this point in the process?
Position Players (15+ plate appearances)
Marte knows he’s vying for a bench spot and he’s been on fire this spring with a .615 AVG and just 1 K to 2 walks in 15 PA. He’s even 1 for 1 in stolen base attempts and 3 of his 8 hits have been doubles.
Another guy trying to crack the opening day roster, 28 year old Walsh is having himself a spring. Utility infielder Walsh leads the team with 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, and has a .476 OBP. He’s made a pair of errors, but - nerves?
He’s not supposed to be THAT good of a hitter, but so far Rivera has managed a .471 AVG and he’s the only player on the team with a spring cycles (yes he hit a triple!)
Like last spring, Fletcher has impressed again. He’s hitting .408 with a .480 OBP and he has a pair of stolen bases. On top of that he’s been very solid in the field.
Surprisingly, Carter has not yet hit a homer but he does have 2 doubles among his 5 hits. He also has a .421 OBP and has walked (3 times) as much as he’s stuck out. CORRECTION: Carter HAS hit a home run.
Liranio might be leading that 4th outfielder battle and he has a .333 AVG with a .440 OBP in 23 PA. He also has a pair of doubles and a stolen base.
Not necessarily blowing us away, but Thaiss has had a pretty good spring so far. Remember that his highest level has been 49 games at AA. He leads the team with 8 Ks (35% clip) but also has 2 home runs and 2 doubles to go along with a .364 OBP.
Pitchers (minimum 3 appearances)
Alvarez has yet to be touched with a run and barely touched with a bat. His BAA this spring is a mere .100 over 3 appearances.
Not to be outdone by Alvarez, Johnson’s BAA is a ridiculous .083 over 4 appearances. He also has a 0.75 WHIP. So far he’s what the Angels need him to be.
Three starts into spring and Richards is looking like the ace we need. He’s allowed 2 runs and has struck out 12 over 9 innings. He also has a .161 BAA and 0.75 WHIP.
Lamb had a rough time a bit on Wednesday, giving up 2 home runs, but has been pretty good this spring. He’s thrown 6 innings over 3 games and has a .190 BAA along with a 1.00 WHIP. HIs ERA is 4.50 but whatever.
Middleton has just said no to allowing runs this spring. He’s logged 3 innings over 3 games and has given up 2 hits and walk with 1 K. We’ll take that 1.00 WHIP any day.
Pena has been pretty lethal with 6Ks in 4 innings over his 4 appearances. He’s allowed no runs, 3 hits, and a walk.
Another guy off to a great spring start, Ramirez has also logged 4 appearances and allowed zero runs. He’s struck out 5 and has a .154 BAA.