Angels Spring Training : Game Two

Notes on the Los Angeles Angels second game of Spring Training, Cactus League action.

Jered Weaver began the game for the Angels and looked to be in standard form. There were no signs of ware, and according to reports, his velocity was in the high 80's consistently, which shows more promise.

Grant Green flashed his glove and bat, helping his case for the second base battle. He made a pair of nice plays, both ranging to his left and right. On the play to his left, he had to dive and make a pick on a tough one-hopper. His glove is what brought up questions prior, but the hard work has shown thus far in Spring.

Collin Cowgill showed signs of good play on defense and offense. He brought in the second Angels run with a dying quail single to center and also flashed his arm in the first, throwing out the only potential Rockies run of the day.

Drew Rucinski came in with some marks as a potential fifth starter/long relief man. He commanded four separate pitches to both sides of the plate, using his slider as a two-strike pitch. He looked like he was taking an every day start, as opposed to attacking batters like a reliever, which could give him higher marks for a starting role in Triple-A. Rucinski finished the afternoon with a pair of 1-2-3 inning and 1-2-BB-3 second inning.

Matt Lindstrom came in to pitch the fifth inning, and made quick work of the guys at the plate. You could see his old aggressive style, which could show promising signs for him making the Angels Opening Day roster.

Another guy battling for a bullpen spot is Danny Reynolds. He came in and was firing hot in the mid to high 90's, but had trouble commanding his fastball. He should see more time in Spring Training, but it's looking likely he'll land in the Triple-A bullpen.

The catching battle saw some nice challenges to it, as Drew Butera and Jett Bandy spent time behind the plate for a trio of innings. Butera and Bandy both had good framing, but Bandy stood out with blocking pitches and a snap throw to second as well from his knees. The backup position looks like it will have three catchers battling for an Opening Day bench position.

Daniel Robertson had a nice day and could make things tough for Mike Scioscia in holding a fifth bench player. Robertson went 2-for-2 on the day, with a strong double to left field, as well as made some nice plays in center field.


The Angels pitching staff consisting of Weaver, Reynolds, Cesar Ramos, Lindstrom, Rucinski, Frank Herrmann and Ryan Mattheus threw a four-hit, three-walk shutout. The shutout was the Los Angeles Angels first in Cactus League play since March 16, 2012, against the Indians.

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