Times reporter Mike DiGiovanna sizes up the
No.; STARTERS; Pos; B/T; Age; Comment
56; Kole Calhoun; RF; L/L; 27; Third player in franchise history to log 30 doubles, 15 HRs batting leadoff, joining Brian Downing (1982) and Darin Erstad (1998, 2000).
5; Albert Pujols; 1B; R/R; 35; Three-time NL MVP surpassed 2,500-hit, 500-HR and 1,600-RBI marks in 2014 and has been in top form this spring.
24; C.J. Cron; DH; R/R; 25; Has prodigious power and showed better plate discipline this spring after striking out 61 times, drawing 10 walks in 242 at-bats last season.
No.; ROTATION; B/T; Age; Comment
36; Jered Weaver; R/R; 32; Loss of fastball velocity in last four years hasn't slowed durable and crafty ace, who ranks third in
No.; BULLPEN; B/T; Age; Comment
64; Mike Morin; R/R; 23; Fastball-changeup mix effective against right-handers, who hit .181 off him in 2014. Left-handed hitters batted .283.
51; Drew Rucinski; R/R; 26; Angels like the way he pounded the strike zone this spring, when he went 2-1 with 2.60 ERA, striking out 16 in 17 1/3 innings.
58; Jose Alvarez; L/L; 25; Rebounded from elbow problems that sidelined him for much of 2014 with strong winter-ball season in Venezuela and sharp spring.
No.; RESERVES; Pos; B/T; Age; Comment
8; Taylor Featherston; INF; R/R; 25; Hasn't played above double A, but versatile speedster is first Rule 5 pick Angels have carried on roster since Derrick Turnbow in 2000.
19; Efren Navarro; 1B/OF; L/L; 28; Contact hitter won last roster spot because of strong defense, especially at first base; improving as an outfielder.