PS Desperate Angels, will Sanchez find a breakthrough in ‘home troubles’
Last year, the Angels gave Max Stacy and Kurt Suzuki their homeroom. Stash was the starting pitcher, and veteran Suzuki was backing up. However, Stacey, who was not very satisfied, was put on the injured list with a hip injury ahead of the start of this season and has not yet returned. His return date is still undecided.
Losing Stash, the Angels sent Brandon Marsh to the Philadelphia Phillies last season and hired prospective catcher Logan Ohope as their starting catcher. Ohopi played .283/.339/.547 with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs in 16 games this season, but he left the team after suffering a torn shoulder labrum in mid-April. It is unclear whether he will return during the season.
Currently, the Angels have two ‘healthy catchers’ on their 40-man roster. Matt Thayes, born in 1995, and Chad Wallach, born in 1991. Tais, who was selected by the Angels in the first round (16th pick) of the 2016 rookie draft, is a five-year player in the big leagues, but he has spent most of his career in the minor leagues, so he doesn’t have much experience. Until May 4 (Korean time), Thais recorded 107 games, .205/.304/.374, 12 homers and 36 RBIs in the big leagues. He hit .207/.343/.379 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 14 games this season.
Wallach, who debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 and joined the Angels during the 2021 season via the Miami Marlins, debuted earlier than Ties, but also spent his entire career as a backup catcher and played 98 career big league games (.204/.268/.316 6HR 28RBI). ), but has less game experience than Thais. He hit .269/.296/.500 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 8 games this season.
The two players are not looking bad right now, but the Angels are anxious. This is because, since they are players who lack experience and overall performance, it is not strange to see them suddenly collapse at any time. From the Angels’ point of view, it is necessary to prepare ‘insurance’ in case the two players collapse.
In this situation, there is a player who caught the eye of the Angels. That’s Gary Sanchez, a veteran born in 1992 who recently opted out of the San Francisco Giants and became a free agent. New York Post John Heyman said on the 4th that the Angels are one of the teams that are watching Sanchez with interest.
Sanchez, who became a free agent after last season with the Minnesota Twins, was unable to find a new team in the offseason market and signed a minor league contract with San Francisco shortly after the season opened. However, he only hit .164/.319/.182 with 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base in 16 Triple-A games and never received a call to the big leagues. Eventually, Sanchez opted out and decided to find a new team.
Although the flow has not been good this year, Sanchez is a player who has built a meaningful career in the big leagues. Sanchez, who was a New York Yankees top prospect and debuted for the Yankees in 2015, played a key role in the Yankees until the 2021 season and also played a key role in Minnesota last year. His total performance in 8 seasons in the big leagues was 666 games, .225/.311/.467, 154 home runs and 401 RBIs. In 2016, he ranked second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting and was selected as an All-Star twice in the 2017 and 2019 seasons. In the 2017 season, he even won the Silver Slugger. 안전놀이터
Will the Angels find a breakthrough with Sanchez?
The Los Angeles Angels are playing this season with the determination to win the fall baseball ticket without fail. Shohei Ohtani, who will become a free agent after the end of this season, is very dissatisfied with the team that continues to fail to make it to the postseason. The Angels, who are uncertain whether Ohtani will remain on the team after the end of the season, must play fall baseball this year to capture Ohtani’s heart, or even if they cannot catch Ohtani, they must aim for the postseason when Ohtani, one of the best active players, is present. should participate in
The Angels, who failed to make it to the postseason despite spending a large amount of money recently, instead of spending a lot of money in the last offseason, strengthened their power to achieve ‘cost performance’. Although power has been strengthened across several sectors, there are still concerns that remain. It’s the living room.