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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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1 Mike Napoli, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2 Jeff Mathis, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3 Kendry Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
4 Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5 Maicer Izturis, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
6 Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
7 Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
8 Juan Rivera, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
9 Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10 Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
11 Hideki Matsui, DH, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
12 Joel Pineiro, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
13 Joe Saunders, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
14 Scott Kazmir, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
15 Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
16 Ervin Santana, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
17 Kevin Jepsen, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
18 Fernando Rodney, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
19 Brian Fuentes, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Mike Napoli, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4937912728901.258.361.505.866

In his busiest MLB season, Mike Napoli's AB/HR, flyball rate and batting eye dropped, but that wasn't unexpected in a heavier workload. His line-drive improvement might mean a better batting average, but his skills probably don't have anywhere else to go; he still strikes out a ton. Stability might add a buck of two to this middle-round mixed catcher's price; the drop-off in talent soon to follow him probably warrants a slightly increased investment.


Jeff Mathis, C, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
1139222130.195.246.292.538

Jeff Mathis' defense helped him earn increased playing time last year, but don't buy into his postseason offensive success. Outside of a few home runs, his bat skills won't help you. He's a No. 2 backstop in AL-only setups; he could fly as a starter in two-catcher lineups for as long as the Halos value his defense.


Kendry Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4805613420690.279.337.460.797

Chomping at the bit for years, Kendry Morales exploited his full-time duty; they let him face lefties. His K's spiked, but so did every meaningful offensive stat. His line-drive rate went up, but his contact doesn't look like it'll creep above the mean. While his HR/FB raises skepticism, that jump wasn't unfounded. He's a low-end starting first sacker.


Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53260155136811.291.332.434.766

Howie Kendrick's demotion to Triple-A sparked him; Kendrick worked counts better and raked after his call-up in early July. Sure, his walks went up, but not enough to excite us. His immense ground-ball rate helps his clip, which is his most certain contribution. Call Kendrick, 26, a midrange option with some upside, but his uninspiring contact and injury-proneness gives him a slim margin for error.


Maicer Izturis, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
22828593214.259.317.338.655

Maicer Izturis: a handy Brandon Wood insurance policy who can play all over the infield. With playing time, could be a help in every category except homers, despite his flyball resurrection last year. If Wood falters, Izturis' most value as a starter would be his double-digit steals; he hit that level in three of the last four seasons of partial duty. AL-only owners could use him as a middle infielder; his multipositional eligibility goes a long way in deeps.


Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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000000.000.000.000.000

Finally Brandon Wood will get a clear shot at regular playing time. Hasn't translated flyball frequency to bigs yet. Small batting eye improvement in third Triple-A stint points to some batting average improvement, but you can't bank on anything significant. Power is his best contribution. It doesn't hurt to test in the late rounds whether the post-hype prospect has benefited from extra seasoning.


Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5386814975118.277.311.394.705

The former utility infielder made good as Anaheim's starting shorty, as spoken by the line-drive, walk, contact and stolen-base attempt upticks. Expect Erick Aybar's clip to tumble a bit. He's still MI quality in deep mixed.


Juan Rivera, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

In Juan Rivera's busiest season, he posted career-best homers and RBIs. He whiffed less and walked more. His contact hardened, reaffirming his power skills. The 31-year-old could sustain or improve this because his playing time is more certain. Do you want to rest your midround hopes on him? No.


Torii Hunter, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5487915715783.286.325.431.756

What a surprise: Torii Hunter tried playing through injury. The 20-20 capability remains, but you should know to back him up if you take him. He walked more, so that's encouraging, but his .335 BABIP doesn't match up with his 16.3 line-drive percentage and dropping contact. Await a correction, but he's still solid. 


Bobby Abreu, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
9217233131.250.327.391.718

Patience was Bobby Abreu's virtue last year during another 100-RBI season. Too bad his power and his line-drive rate dropped; we can kiss his '08 homer potential goodbye. He does enough of everything else to make him useful, especially since the Halos love to run, but he'll be 36 when the campaign starts. Abreu can only drop. 


Hideki Matsui, DH, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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000000.000.000.000.000

It's easy to peg Hideki Matsui's power resurrection on the new Yankee Stadium. That's the lazy way out: He hit more out on the road. Though Matsui, 35, wants to play outfield, if needed, and his knees hold up, Godzilla only has to hit. He's a pro at that. If you can deal with his UTIL-only status, grab him late or at a low-risk price.


Joel Pineiro, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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00000000.000.00

Dave Duncan resurrected (created?) Joel Pineiro's career with downward pitching and groundball philosophy. Pineiro and strikeouts don't mix, but Angels preach groundballs, as well, and have a respectable defense. These factors will help Pineiro eat innings again, but you should expect the walks to come up, even though he's around the strike zone a bunch. He can round out a mixed-league staff, but you're all but certainly paying for a drop-off from last year; no upside.
Joe Saunders, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
4075874023444.801.47

Joe Saunders and strikeouts aren't friends, but he embraces big inning counts. Most of his roto value comes from the "W" column, which is an unwise asset to rely on, despite his 33 victories in the last two years. The 30-year-old lefty plays best as an in-season borrowed commodity in mixed setups.


Scott Kazmir, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
11017516971551743.651.28

Scott Kazmir's typical walks and injuries were made worse by his dropping dominance and climbing flyball tendency. Why you should buy: His strand rate was below expectations, his opponents' batted balls were fortunate. The lefty embraced his halo (1.73 ERA) while reuniting with his former pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Butcher. Tweaked mechanics and a reinvigorated slider make him a potential steal.


Jered Weaver, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12018517175461383.651.17

Polar home-road splits and second-half normalization aside, Jered Weaver blossomed in '09. Caution: Weaver is walking more batters, his flyballs jumped back up, and he stranded an abnormally high amount of runners. He'll need to keep mixing up his sub-ace stuff if he'll be serving as the Halos'.


Ervin Santana, SP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
12019218374521463.471.22

Elbow and triceps injuries prevented us from seeing if Ervin Santana would regress naturally. As he grew close to full health in August and September, he regained his control and trust in his slider while his stuff became less hittable. You could do worse to round out your deep rotation, as long as you acknowledge his established risk.


Kevin Jepsen, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
2045462017424.001.40

Brian Fuentes and Fernando Rodney stand in his way for saves, but Kevin Jepsen's skills could be the best of the three if he can improve his control. Developing a slider/cutter last year helped the groundball-friendly righty, making him useful in deep leagues last year. Jepsen boasts the skills that will warrant speculation in AL-only leagues; you can probably wait until after mixed drafts for him, but don't ignore his upside.


Fernando Rodney, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
43665502231713.051.25

Early reports hint they'll use Fernando Rodney in the seventh. Right. Skipper Mike Scioscia wasn't afraid to throw a righty in to spell Brian Fuentes, and this could become a split situation. Rodney worked around a ton of trouble last year, but his peripherals weren't outrageous. His ERA will bring him down.


Brian Fuentes, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

WSVIPHERBBKERAWHIP
00000000.000.00

Remember, saves don't equal skills. Brian Fuentes used to have better versions of the latter, but his K's collapsed and his stuff became more hittable. The Angels were comfortable mixing in Kevin Jepsen to nudge a save situation in the right direction. Now they have a more skilled righty, Fernando Rodney, they could use for that. The Halos probably want to prevent Fuentes' 2011 option from vesting, so expect the saves to noticeably drop.