- Erick Aybar (Los Angeles Angels)
It took nine years for Erick Aybar to finally be appreciated in the MLB, his first All-Star appearance came in 2014 and so did a great year for the Angels SS.
Aybar is not going to jump off of the sheet in the box score, even though he was one of the best SS in the AL statistically last year, but he is the type of player you want your child to watch when you’re teaching them how to play baseball. A team player, solid, and consistent. What do these words have in common? They’re boring, they’re repeated far too often, and they all perfectly describe Erick Aybar.
Aybar is getting older, and lucky for him, his talents are very usable in the Angels’ lineup. The Angels don’t need another Mike Trout (not that there is one) or Albert Pujols, they have 65 HR and 200 RBI right there. What they need is a guy that will knock those guys in when stranded on the bags. In comes Aybar. The Angels were one of the best teams in the 2014 season and will continue that success this year. Erick Aybar may not seem like it, but he is not a player that can be easily replaced.