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Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:27 pm

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the entire schedule and past posts, click here.

While we slog through all the rumors and real-life moves provided by the Winter Meetings, we're here with your daily break from reality. This time around, it's the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


1. Erick Aybar, SS
2. Casey Kotchman, 1B
3. Howie Kendrick, LF
4. Mike Napoli, C
5. Mark Trumbo, DH
6. Mike Trout, RF
7. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
8. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

Note: Kendrys Morales is here, too, though he's been down with a broken leg for almost two seasons. If healthy, he figures in the DH/1B mix prominently, likely pushing Trumbo to the bench -- but I'd hear arguments for Kotchman to sit instead.

Starting Rotation

1. Jered Weaver
2. Ervin Santana
3. John Lackey
4. Tyler Chatwood
5. Joe Saunders


Closer - Francisco Rodriguez
Set up - Jordan Walden, Bobby Jenks, Darren O'Day, Sean O'Sullivan, Trevor Bell, Kevin Jepsen, Jose Arredondo
Long - Ramon Ortiz

Notable Bench Players

Hank Conger, Jeff Mathis, Alexi Casilla and that's about it.

What's Good?

The front of the starting rotation with Weaver and Santana is very good. The bottom of the lineup is pretty strong, relatively speaking, as those guys could be two-hole hitters on many teams.

What's Not?

There just isn't much exciting about this group. The middle of the lineup is thin, until Trout becomes a star. There is no depth and the rotation is a bit lackluster with Lackey and Saunders, at this point.

Comparison to real 2011

The real-life Angels finished 86-76 and 10 games behind the Rangers in the AL West. They hung around in the wild-card race until the last week of the season, too. While this team certainly isn't terrible, I feel like it's worse than 86 wins. Maybe they could approach .500, but there's just not enough here to be a playoff contender in this fictitious exercise.

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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:01 am

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

If he hadn't died sooo young, Nick Adenheart would have really solidified that rotation.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:58 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

That is a really informed statement. The Angels have been to the playoffs since 2002 more times than the Cards. They won the west in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 ! How many fans out there wished thier team had sucked that bad ? lol They really sucked ! If you dont know baseball dont post !

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:52 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

 is a good old lunch pale looking SOB but I like him . . . . . LOL

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:50 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

 is the bomb ! ! ! ! !

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:48 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

LOSE ( typo - excuse me )

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:46 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

I was very happy to see BAROID Bonds loose the WS in 2002.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:44 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

The Angels won the World Series in 2002 and that was great but since then have SUCKED.

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:03 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

Where is Bobby Wilson. He would be ahead of MAtthis. I'd also say Napoli, Morales, Trumbo and Kotchman can play 1st/DH so with owie available for LF as well 1st/2nd Trout could be benched for Bourjos CF and have Trumbo play RF.

Chatwood, should be on the bench, with Bell promoted to the rotation with O'Sullivan as a spot starter and Chatwood can develop his pitching through the bullpen as Bell has been doing.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:20 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

Thanks for the support, MarlinNole84. Really, I should stop forcing people to read these free articles, though, right?



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:17 pm

Homegrown Team: Los Angeles Angels

Matt, the above posters will never be invited to Mensa meetings and I'm reasonably sure they're still reliving their eraser banging days in fourth grade.  If you don't or can't understand the lore, the research, and what if's in the article, then I'm guessing you haven't left mommy's basement in some time.  Just look at the names and try to figure out where they are now.  It's boggling and forces me to look up who they're playing for now.  That's the point Johnny boy, you that think ('think' may not be the operative word) these articles aren't worth their salt.  If you're really a baseball enthusiast and fan then it's great to see who your home team would field today.  For the rest of you, grab a fresh bag of cheetos and return to your roach infested mattress next to daddy's high school tux. 

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