Spring Training is just 35 days. Soon pitchers and catchers will be reporting and the promise of a new season will be beginning. The Angels will again have very high expectations, maybe even higher than last season. Some Angels could use Spring Training to give themselves an extra boost of confidence. Now, I don’t put a lot of stock in Spring Training stats at all, however, these guys could probably use a good one.
Joe Blanton: Blanton is expected to be the teams’ fifth starter at this point. He finished 10-13 with an ERA of 4.71. 2011 was injury plagued for him. The Angels, and quite frankly their fans, probably don’t have the highest of expectations for Blanton this season. A good spring training may help alleviate some of those concerns.Mark Trumbo: Trumbo struggled the second half of last season. Whether he was injured or not, he went from All-Star to being benched at times during the second half of the season. Trumbo only hit .227 during the second half of the season and a good spring may help him get some of that confidence back.
Peter Bourjos: Bourjos comes into camp for the first time in a starting position. He’s always been looked at as a prospect or an extra guy, but for the first time this year, he comes in as the guy in center field. A good spring could give him a mental boost going into the season.
Look spring training stats don’t mean a lot, however, a good spring training can help players mentally prepare for the season ahead.