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 an increase with the possible callup of top prospect Jo Adell, another based on amazing Angels homegrown outfielders that began with Tim Salmon, Jim Edmonds, Garrett Anderson and Darin Erstad from the 1990s.
Team Weaknesses: The Angels were one of the top organizations at drafting and developing pitchers, however they traded away most of their latest draft strikes (Patrick Corbin, Sean Newcomb, Mike Clevinger) as prospects. With their remaining starters perpetually injured and their depth lacking because of these trades, the Angels finished 19th in ERA (4.15) last season.
What They Were About It: The Angels signed Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to strengthen the back of their rotation, but more importantly the homegrown pitching pipeline is flowing . Jaime Barria debuted last year and directed 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 year.
Last Outlook: With more depth than any time in recent memory, the Angels are in position to snap their skid of three consecutive losing seasons in Brad Ausmus’ first year as manager.

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