The Angel’s first full squad workout happened on Presidents’ Day under cloudy skies in the low 50’s in Tempe (with more than a few raindrops showing up as well). Here are some photos.
Around 70 fans showed up to see the legendary Mike Trout, the legendary Albert Pujols and the legendary Andrelton Simmons be joined by two new infielders, Tommy La Stella and Justin Bour, along with some exciting prospects making their debuts in MLB Spring Training.
Outfielders Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Jared Walsh and Brennon Lund made their debut taking some outfield practice with Trout and Kole Calhoun. Also rounding out the outfield practice squad were Michael Hermosillo, Cesar Puello, Jarret Parker and Peter Bourjos. (Justin Upton didn’t take part in the workout today - reports said he had some tendinitis).
After some simple fly ball drills the OFs took some batting practice - the experienced MLBers on Field 1, and the young guys on Field 2. [If you’re looking to read tea leaves, Parker and Puello joined the kids on Field 2 while Bourjos spent the day around his ex-OF teammates Calhoun and Trout]. And yes, Walsh was taking OF practice, not 1B or Pitching)
Among the others appearing in today’s pictures (besides a few more catchers and pitchers), there’s Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler and Bill Stoneman too. Also making an appearance are MSM beat writers - Jeff Fletcher, Fabian Arday and Maria Torres.
As for infielders, I didn’t spend too any time observing them take grounders as I was mainly watching the OFs, but that will be tomorrow’s aim to see What’s on 2nd and I-Don’t-Know’s on 3rd (we already know Who’s on First). I did get a few shots of Tommy La Stella, David Fletcher and Taylor Ward shagging during BP.
Justin Bour will hit some HRs this year - he’s a big left-handed bat.