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2024 Los Angeles Angels Preview

2024 Los Angeles Angels Preview The past fourteen seasons have been highly frustrating for Angel fans. Their only AL West title and postseason appearance came in 2014. Los Angeles has eight consecutive losing years. Their only World Series appearance and […]

2024 Los Angeles Angels Preview

The past fourteen seasons have been highly frustrating for Angel fans. Their only AL West title and postseason appearance came in 2014. Los Angeles has eight consecutive losing years. Their only World Series appearance and win came in 2002. The FullTime Fantasy 2024 Los Angeles Angels Preview delves into the rebuilding Halos. 

The loss of P/DH Shohei Ohtani leaves a void in their starting rotation and lineup. The Angels didn’t replace his arm or bat via free agency, so they must fill his void within the franchise. Their off-season hitting moves were the additions of 3B Hunter Dozier, OF Aaron Hicks, and OF Willie Calhoun. LA tried to upgrade their bullpen by signing RP Robert Stephenson, RP Matt Moore, RP Luis Garcia, and RP Adam Cimber. Los Angeles parted ways with OF Randal Grichuk, 3B Gio Urshela, RP Aaron Loup, 3B Mike Moustakas, 1B C.J. Cron, SP Jaime Barria, 1B Jared Walsh, and 3B Eduardo Escobar.

The Angels finished 23rd in ERA (4.64), with more weakness in their bullpen (4.88 ERA – 25th). Their relievers had 31 wins, 37 losses, and 43 saves over 601.2 innings with 596 strikeouts. LA also had a below-par offense in runs (739 – 16th) and RBIs (708 – 14th) despite hitting 231 home runs (fifth). They ranked 29th in steals (72) over 103 chances (69.9%).

Offensively, Los Angeles has three potential upside players – 1B Nolan Schanuel, C Logan O’Hoppe, and SS Zach Neto. OF Mike Trout remains their foundation stud, but he hasn’t had more than 500 at-bats since 2016. 3B Anthony Rendon has been a losing investment at this point of his career with the Angels, and he doesn’t give the appearance of wanting to be one of the better players in the game. 

SP Reid Detmers failed to reach elite status last season, but he does profile as a potential front-end ace with more strikes thrown. The rest of LA’s starters have a risk/reward feel. The ninth inning will be a battle of journeyman arms.

Starting Lineup

1B Nolan Schanuel

The Angels drafted Schanuel with the 11th overall selection in the 2023 June Amateur Draft. It only took him 22 minor league games (.365/20/1/15/2) to reach the majors.

Over three seasons at Florida Atlantic, he hit .386 with 179 runs, 46 home runs, 176 RBIs, and 31 stolen bases over 620 at-bats. His approach was off the chart good, highlighted by his walk rate (17.0) and low strikeout rate (7.0). 

In the majors, Schanuel continued to take walks (15.2%) while starting with a reasonable strikeout rate (14.4). Over his 183 at-bats in the pros last year, he showed a low-power bat (two home runs) and minimal speed (2), two areas that offered a much higher ceiling in his college career. His exit velocity (85.4) and hard-hit rate (25.6) with the Angels suggest home runs won’t be an impactful area on the stats sheet early in his career.

Fantasy Outlook: When writing Schanuel’s profile, I’m brewing with excitement with no idea where he gets drafted in the high-stakes market. His success stealing bases in his college and early pro career (33-for-37) paints an edge for a first baseman in the fantasy market.

Schanuel’s ADP (420) in late January is almost a layup for a drafter reading between the lines. His approach screams a top-of-the-order opportunity until Schanuel finds his power stroke and success with runners on base. At a minimum, I see an 80/15/65/15 player with help in batting average in his rookie campaign. His size and home run total in college paint a higher picture, giving him a chance to beat expectations this season…

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2024 Houston Astros Preview

2024 Houston Astros Preview The Astros extended their postseason streak to seven seasons, leading to four World Series appearances, two championships (2017 and 2022), and six AL West titles. Over the past 27 years, Houston reached the playoffs 14 times. […]

2024 Houston Astros Preview

The Astros extended their postseason streak to seven seasons, leading to four World Series appearances, two championships (2017 and 2022), and six AL West titles. Over the past 27 years, Houston reached the playoffs 14 times. FullTime Fantasy‘s 2024 Houston Astros Preview forecasts if the Stros’ dynasty will continue. 

Their pitching staff ranked eighth in ERA (3.94), with a slightly higher outcome (6th) by their relievers (3.56 ERA with 29 wins, 22 losses, 42 saves, 608 strikeouts, and 545.1 innings). Houston finished fifth in runs (827), seventh in home runs (222), and fifth in RBIs (799). The Astros stole 107 bases on 139 attempts (77.0%).

Their splash in the free agency was the signing of CL Josh Hader. C Victor Caratini was the only addition to the major league roster. Houston didn’t re-sign RP Hector Neris, RP Phil Maton, RP Ryne Stanek, or C Martin Maldonado.

Their offensive has a balance of veteran bats, and some players are just reaching the prime of their careers. OF Yordan Alvarez and OF Kyle Tucker offer the highest ceilings.

Houston must squeeze one more season out of SP Justin Verlander and a rebound year from SP Cristian Javier to repeat in the AL West. The bullpen is in an excellent place with the right arms of Josh Hader, Bryan Abreu, and Ryan Pressly.

Starting Lineup

2B Jose Altuve

Altuve may not be the player he once was, but he did a lot right in 2022. His FPGscore (6.28) was the 15th best for hitters while spending 12 days on the injured list in April with a groin issue. Altuve saw his walk rate (10.9) reach a new top, with only a slight drop in his strikeout rate (14.4 – 12.1 in his career). The most surprising rebound was his stolen base total (18 – only 13 steals from 2019 to 2021 over 1,293 at-bats). Altuve had weakness in his RBI rate (13), but his low RBI total (57) was more reflective of his incredibly short RBI chances (229). 

Last year, he started the season on the 60-game injured list with a broken left thumb. Altuve hit .265 over his first 121 at-bats with 25 runs, six home runs, and 18 RBIs. An oblique issue cost him another three weeks in July. His bat was sensational over his final 239 at-bats (.335/51/11/33/9). 

Altuve offered an edge against left-handed pitching (.340 with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs over 141 at-bats) in 2022, but he was better last year vs. righties (.322 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs). He finished with a further rise in his contact batting average (.388 – .359 in 2022 and .327 in 2021) with some fade in his average hit rate (1.679). 

Despite another productive season, Altuve ranked 367th in exit velocity (86.0) and 345th in hard-hit rate (31.4). Both stats were well below his career averages (86.9 and 32.3). His jump in power came from a rise in his HR/FB rate (18.3 – 11.3 in his career). His flyball rate (32.7) was below his previous two seasons (38.7).

Fantasy Outlook: Altuve has been an excellent player over the past three seasons while adding speed back to his equation. He’s walking more, with some fade in his strikeout rate. His ADP (41) ranks him fourth at second base in late January. Altuve has the feel of a .300/100/25/80/15 player, but age (33) isn’t on his side. Houston will score many runs, so I can’t dismiss another winning ride.

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