MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

Howie Kendrick #47 and Albert Pujols #5 celebrate with David Freese #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after all scored on a three run home run by Freese during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 8, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.                                                                                       Jason Miller/Getty Images

3. Los Angeles Angels

The Angels didn’t make any major headlines this offseason, but honestly, did they really need to? The Angels enjoyed a 98 win season in 2014, and with most of their core returning in 2015. GM Jerry Dipoto obviously didn’t feel that significant additions had to be made. The only noteworthy move the Angels made was the shipping of second baseman Howie Kendrick across town to the Dodgers. They did make a nice return in pitcher Andrew Heaney, and the 23 year-old lefty is expected to get the fifth rotation spot after posting a 9-6 record and a 3.28 ERA between AA and AAA in the Marlins system last year. Josh Rutledge is hardly Howie Kendrick, but he will be serviceable. With Josh Hamilton now on the shelf for a while, Matt Joyce will step in, but as Hamilton hasn’t been the same player he was in Texas, Joyce is hardly a downgrade. One big plus for the Angels recently is that Garret Richards has started throwing already, and he is expected to be ready for Opening Day. The Angels are ready for success again in 2015, and with the Mariners looking a lot better in 2015, the Angels will be a little more pressed for the AL West crown.

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  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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