American League West 2017 Preview

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ByTheMinMLB

Hello! Thomas (Frosty_Potter89) here again to bring you my short preview of the American League West heading into the new season. Without further ado, let's get cracking.

Houston Astros

Last Season: 3rd (84-78) Fan Graph Prediction: 1st (91-71) My prediction: 1st Top Position Player Prospect: Kyle Tucker (OF) Top Pitching Prospect: Frances Martes (RHP) My Player to Watch: Carlos Correa (SS)

Notable Ins: Brian McCann (C) – Traded from the Yankees for Albert Abreu (RHP) and Jorge Guzman (RHP) Josh Reddick (RF) – Free Agent Carlos Beltran (DH) – Free Agent Notable Outs: Colby Rasmus (OF) – Free Agency

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Last Season: 4th (74-88) Fan Graph Prediction: Joint 2nd (83-79) My prediction: 4th Top Position Player Prospect: Jahmai Jones (OF) Top Pitching Prospect: Nate Smith (LHP) My Player to Watch: Mike Trout (CF)

Notable Ins: Cameron Maybin (CF) – Traded from the Tigers for Victor Alcantara (RHP) Danny Espinosa (2B) – Traded from the Nationals for Austin Adams (RHP) and Kyle McGowin (RHP) Ben Revere (CF) – Free Agency Luis Valbuena (3B) – Free Agency Notable Outs: CJ Wilson (LHP) – Free Agency Tim Linceum (RHP) – Free Agency Jered Weaver (RHP) – Free Agency

Oakland Athletics

Last Season: 5th (69-93) Fan Graph Prediction: 5th (78-84) My prediction: 5th Top Position Player Prospect: Franklin Barreto (SS/2B) Top Pitching Prospect: AJ Puk (LHP) My Player to Watch: Sonny Gray (RHP)

Notable Ins: Matt Joyce (OF) – Free Agent Rajai Davis (CF) – Free Agent Trevor Plouffe (3B) – Free Agent Santiago Casilla (RHP) – Free Agent Notable Outs: Danny Valencia (3B) – Traded to the Mariners for Paul Blackburn (RHP)