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Los Angeles Angels Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

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Los Angeles Angels Spring Training: 5 Players Who are Sure to Shine

Los Angeles Angels Spring Training
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Two seasons ago everyone knew the Los Angeles Angels were going to be the best team in the American League because they signed Albert Pujols. One season ago everyone thought the same thing because they signed Josh Hamilton. Both years wound up being a little different than expectations to say the least. Now as they head into the beginning of the MLB section of the year, there are few expectations surrounding them.

Considering what they went through last year they probably like that. Being that they have one of the best players in baseball in the same line-up as a few other of the best players in baseball, there will be expectations to some degree. It’s just because they have fallen short a couple of years in a row that many think they will fall short again 2014. That seems to be the nature of most baseball fans. Nothing changes until it does.

For the players themselves 2014 has to be a great chance to show the baseball world what they are made of. Everyone knows the Angels have great talent but they have yet to prove they can be a great team. That has to be their goal in 2014 beginning with Spring Training. To get there they will of course need good contributions from key players.

Obviously there will be at least a player here or there that shine for the Angels this spring only to spend time in the minors. For the major part of the Angels’ list of players who will do well this spring, we will talk about MLB talent. Leave a comment below if you have an opinion that the rest of the world simply must hear.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Raul Ibanez

Raul Ibanez Spring Training
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There wasn’t a ton of media glitz and glamour when the Angels signed Ibanez but you can bet this was a big get for them. Forget his age. It is irrelevant. He will be a force for this team and that will start in spring training. This is a great pick-up for the Halos.

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4 – Tyler Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs Spring Training
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It has to be a little exciting for the Angels to know that Skaggs will be part of the final starting rotation. He is young so his performance has bounced around a little bit but this change of scenery coupled with the trust of being inserted into the rotation should be enough to spring his career into the next level.

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3 – Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton Spring Training
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Last season wasn’t quite as bad as it seemed from the start but regardless of that, I think Hamilton will go out this season beginning in late February and show just why he gets the big bucks. He’ll steal most of the show this spring for the Angels.

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2 – Mike Trout

Mike Trout Spring Training
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Trout is arguably the best player in MLB and could well be one of the best players we have all ever seen. That clearly will continue into and through Spring Training. He is one of the greats of our time and yes that starts early.

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1 – Kaleb Cowart

Kaleb Cowart Spring Training
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Even with the excitement that Trout brings with him every time he hits the field, he has lost some of that magic that comes with being a wildcard prospect. Cowart looks to be every bit what his numbers and minor league ranking suggest he is. We will get a good look at just how good he can and will be this spring.