TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 10: Matt Joyce #20 of the Los Angeles Angels bats against the Texas Rangers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: Matt Joyce

Matt Joyce was supposed to be the new DH in town, but with the Hamilton saga still ongoing, the Angels’ newest slugger is going to be counted on for a lot more in 2015. Is he up to the task? What happened in 2014? It is kind of hard to say because Matt Joyce was […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21:   Catcher Chris Iannetta #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim can't reach a throwing error by first baseman Mark Trumbo which allowed Chris Young #25 of the Oakland Athletics to score a run in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Angels pitch framing problem

Pitcher framing, so hot right now. If you don’t have a catcher that can frame, then you ain’t cool, homey. In that case, consider the Angels squares because they had a terrific framing catcher in Hank Conger and just up and gave him away. What were they thinking? How can a team survive without a framer? […]

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2015 Player Projection: Garrett Richards

Garrett Richards blew up last season but then blew out his knee. Can Richards prove he is healthy and prove that he can be an ace again? What happened in 2014? Oh, not much. Richards only went from being a mild disappointment to a Cy Young contender seemingly out of nowhere. Other than that, it was […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 04:   Third baseman David Freese #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dives to field a ground ball hit by L.J. Hoes of the Houston Astros for the first out of the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 4, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: David Freese

David Freese got off to a rough start in his Angels career, but he came on strong late in his inaugural season. Can he carry that success over to 2015? What happened in 2014? A slow start caused by a bad case on Anaheimnesia put David Freese behind the eight-ball from the jump. Freese was […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 05: Fernando Salas #59 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: Fernando Salas

Fernando Salas may not be the most exciting member of the Angels bullpen but he proved to be a major reason the relief corps turned things around last season. Is he ready for a bigger role in 2015? What happened in 2014? When the Angels made their move to land David Freese to be their new […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 12:  Josh Rutledge #14 of the Colorado Rockies breaks his bat as he grounds out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park August, 12, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: Josh Rutledge

Someone’s got to start at second base for the Angels, right? Despite a terrible track record, that someone looks like it will be Josh Rutledge. But does he deserve it? What happened in 2014? After losing his starting job at second base with the Rockies the year before, Josh Rutledge was relegated to bench duty for […]

TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 08:  Matt Shoemaker #52 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 8, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker and his luxuriant beard emerged from obscurity to save the Angels 2014 season. Can his Cinderella story continue in 2015 or will he turn back into a pumpkin? What happened in 2014? Oh, nothing, just Matt Shoemaker coming out of nowhere to become arguably the second-best pitcher on the Angels staff. Honestly, it was an […]

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reviews a lineup card prior to a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Angels lineup shell game

Every year much ink is spilled and many a hand is wrung over the lineup choices of Mike Scioscia. Like most teams, the construction of the Angels lineup is the source of much debate. Things were fairly stable for the Halos last year, but comments by Scioscia this offseason have thrown things into flux once again. […]

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim dives into home against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 12, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

2015 Player Projection: Kole Calhoun

In his first full season in the Majors, Kole Calhoun quickly cemented himself as a fixture atop the lineup. Does he still have room to grow into something more? What happened in 2014? Kole Calhoun’s 2014 season got off to a tentative start as he was not only a bit slow coming out the gate, […]

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