Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, February 16, 2022 -- "Variance, and the Angels"

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"The Angels are counting almost entirely on health and player development to score more in 2022. They’ve added two position players, both utility infielders from the 2021 Yankees, in Tyler Wade and Andrew Velazquez. Trout and Rendon will return to their slots, and the hope is that Jo Adell, a top-five prospect two years ago, will build on his late-season run. Adell’s line is unimpressive -- .246/.295/.408 -- but he sharply cut down on his strikeout rate (down to 23% from 42%) and overall swing-and-miss."