The battle for the sixth spot in the Angels’ rotation officially kicked off Friday, with Nick Tropeano and Parker Bridwell making their Cactus League debuts in the club’s 9-8 loss to the A’s at Hohokam Stadium.
The Angels’ farm system is more exciting than it has been in years, and that isn’t just because of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani.
Here’s a look at four dark-horse candidates for the Angels’ Opening Day roster this year: Chris Carter, Luke Bard, Ian Krol and Colin Walsh.
Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will make his highly anticipated Cactus League debut on the mound Saturday, when the Angels host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Ohtani is expected to start and pitch around two innings, marking his first career game in a Major League environment.
Nick Tropeano will take another key step in his comeback from Tommy John surgery on Friday, when he starts the Angels’ Cactus League opener against the A’s in Mesa.
Zack Cozart has used the same glove for the last six years, but that streak could potentially come to an end in 2018, as the longtime shortstop has been experimenting with new mitts as he prepares to transition to third base for the Angels.
Blake Parker enjoyed a breakout season with the Angels last year, but he isn’t resting on his laurels.
The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jabari Blash from the Yankees in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
The Angels will lower the height of the home run boundary line in right field at Angel Stadium this season, the team announced Tuesday.
Angels right-hander JC Ramirez threw two simulated innings of live batting practice on Tuesday, marking the first time he’s faced hitters since suffering an elbow injury in August.
Mike Trout’s offseason included marrying his high school sweetheart, Jessica Cox, helping the Angels land Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani and watching his beloved Eagles win the Super Bowl, but he didn’t hesitate when asked to name the highlight of his winter.
Justin Upton has emerged as the chief recruiter of the Angels’ offseason. Upton, who helped convince Ian Kinsler to waive his partial no-trade clause and accept a trade to Anaheim, also influenced outfielder Chris Young’s decision to sign a one-year, $2 million deal with the Angels on Sunday.