The 2009 AL West Preview: A Profile of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Ryan Gaydos@@RyanGaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 23, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  John Lackey #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim poses during photo day at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 25, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have lost some steam during the offseason, but they can still be a playoff contender.

They lost their closer and single-season saves king Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) to the NY Mets, their first baseman, Mark Teixeira, to the NY Yankees, and their left fielder, Garrett Anderson, to the Braves.

They were, however, able to sign Brian Fuentes to replace K-Rod.

Over the last three years, the Angels' win totals have increased. In 2006, they had 89 wins, in 2007, they had 94 wins, and in 2008, they had 100 wins.

However, no matter how many wins they get this season, they are certain to win the AL West division.

Here's the Spring '09 profile of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:

Projected Lineup

Chone Figgins-3B
Howie Kendrick-2B
Vladimir Guerrero-RF
Torii Hunter-CF
Juan Rivera-DH
Mike Napoli-C
Kendry Morales-1B
Gary Matthews Jr.-LF
Erick Aybar-SS


Projected Pitching Staff

John Lackey-RHP
Ervin Santana-RHP
Joe Saunders-LHP
Jered Weaver-RHP
Dustin Moseley-RHP


Projected Bullpen

Brian Fuentes
Scot Shields
Jose Arredondo
Darren Oliver
Kevin Jepsen
Justin Speier


Top Prospects

Jordan Walden-RHP
Nick Adenhart-RHP
Hank Conger-C
Peter Bourjos-OF
Trevor Reckling-LHP