Team Strengths: With Mike Trout since the backbone flanked by Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton, the Angels had the fourth-best outfield in MLB last year as measured by Baseball-Reference’s runs above average.

That unit has a chance to get even more of a boost with the possible callup of top prospect Jo Adell, another in line of great Angels homegrown outfielders that began with Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds, Garrett Anderson and Darin Erstad in the 1990s.
Team Weaknesses: The Angels were long one of the very best associations at drafting and developing pitchers, but they traded away most of the recent draft strikes (Patrick Corbin, Sean Newcomb, Mike Clevinger) as prospects. With their remaining starters perpetually injured as well as their depth lacking due to such transactions, the Angels finished 19th at ERA (4.15) last season.
What They Did About It: The Angels signed Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to bolster the back of their rotation, but more importantly the homegrown pitching pipeline is flowing . Jaime Barria debuted last season and led the Angels in wins (10) and ERA (3.41) as a rookie, and Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez are poised to climb to Anaheim this season.
Final Outlook: With more depth than any time in recent memory, the Angels are in position to snap their skid of three consecutive losing seasons at Brad Ausmus’ first year as supervisor.

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