The LA Angels manufactured a large amount of sounds this offseason, but just one move that didn’t get a lot of headlines was the trade for Tommy La Stella.
On the other hand, the 30-calendar year old utility gentleman may possibly be just what the LA Angels have to have. No, he isn’t the ace pitcher the group craves (nevertheless he did pitch 1.1 innings very last calendar year), but La Stella is the best bench possibility for the Halos heading into 2019.
In the previous, La Stella has used time at 2nd, third, and to start with base. He has been a good contributor throughout his career, and was relied on a large amount by the Chicago Cubs in 2019, where by he performed 123 video games involving 3 positions. He was just one of the very best reserves in baseball very last period, and could see even more production in Anaheim.
Though La Stella has under no circumstances been found as an everyday starter, he has a chance of that with the Angels. As of now, the only level of competition he has for the 2nd base occupation is David Fletcher, who would be the incumbent soon after an extraordinary rookie period in 2018. On the other hand, the two could also conclude up as a platoon come Opening Working day, with La Stella hitting from the still left side of the plate, and Fletcher from the ideal.
Even if Fletcher outplays him in Spring Schooling and subsequently wins the everyday occupation, La Stella is an superb possibility to have off the bench. He has had a .274/.360/.396 line around the previous 3 seasons, and these numbers are even higher for La Stella when he is utilized as a pinch hitter rather than a starter.
For a general manager in Billy Eppler, who puts terrific value on versatility, La Stella is precisely the form of participant you’d want coming off the bench. He has performed 3 of the four infield positions in the previous(and could likely take care of shortstop in a pinch), would make fantastic speak to off the bench, and is a truly wise hitter, as his wander-to-strikeout ratio has been favorable throughout his career.
Though just one would hope for far better stolen bases numbers (4 career stolen bases) from the participant probably pinch running for Albert Pujols late in video games, La Stella has enough sufficient pace for these situations. And if the angels want more of a menace late in video games, whoever ends up as the fourth outfielder in Anaheim will be a menace to opposing teams’ catchers.
Over-all, La Stella has had a phenomenal career as a bench participant therefore far. Heading into 2019 with a new group in the Angels, his job will probably be similar to what he has performed for the Cubs in years previous. And just like Eppler wishes from his players, La Stella will be able of handling any job provided to him.