The Los Angeles Angels are high off their recent acquisition of All-Star defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. He will solidify the Angels infield and help save the pitching staff multiple runs. Simmons was not cheap by any stretch of the imagination as the Angels dealt their starting shortstop from last season, Erick Aybar, as well as their top two prospects. First year G.M. Billy Eppler is definitely putting his mark on this squad already.
Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis are two young Double-A pitchers that seem to have a very bright future. Newcomb was the Angels #1 prospect after going 9-3 last season with a 2.38 ERA in 136 innings. He struck out a whopping 168 batters and walked 76. The tall 22-year-old left hander has a plus fastball, a decent curve and decent change. He should have no problem transitioning into the Major Leagues as his command improve, and is now the Braves #1 prospect. Ellis is no slouch either, as he went 11-9 last season with a 3.90 ERA in 140 innings pitched. He is described as a sinker ball pitcher with three average or better big league pitches.
The Angels solidified their defense but there are still a few holes on this team. Los Angeles needs help virtually everywhere and recently lost Albert Pujols to foot surgery. Pujols will be out close to five months, and will most likely miss parts or all of April. Losing the former MVP will be a tough blow for the team, but they have the finances to overcome if they choose to open up the pocket books. We will see how much they spend this winter. They could go crazy and this Simmons addition was just the first of many acquisitions.