Kendry Morales is about to get an extended opportunity to prove himself as a Major League first baseman. The job, as they say, is his to lose.
Should he struggle, however, the Angels, contrary to popular belief, do have a suitable replacement in Howie Kendrick.
Fans tend to forget that Kendrick spent significant time as a fill-in first baseman in 2006, playing 44 games at first during his rookie year.
He played a capable (some would say sensational) defensive first base during that time, too, despite having never before played there.
While not ideal, Howie is a reasonable alternative should Morales prove unable to step up (with Maicer Izturis taking over at second).