Cactus League Game 12 – M’s vs. Angels
The Angels have a split-squad game today, so the M’s face a line-up full of the Angels prospects. Top prospect (and #2 in all of baseball according to BA, #1 according to MILB.com) Mike Trout gets the start at DH and bats 3rd, and new CF Peter Bourjos hits 2nd.
Both the Angels and Mariners project as below average offenses, and both will need key prospects to provide some offense. For the M’s, the responsibility falls mostly to Justin Smoak (and then to Dustin Ackley). The Angels really need Bourjos to hit. A defensive wizard in CF, scouts have been mixed on his progress at the plate. He’s been above average at making contact, which helps ameliorate his poor walk rate. He looked a bit lost in his MLB call-up last season, but he’s still young. The projection systems are going to be all over the map with him (CAIRO thinks he’ll be pretty awful, Bill James has him only a bit below average, the fan projections have him as an above-average regular), so it’ll be good for the M’s to get another good look at him.
Erik Bedard starts for the M’s, with Josh Lueke, Aaron Laffey, Denny Bautista, Fabio Castro and a cast of thousands behind him.
Line-up thanks to Ryan Divish:
1: Ichiro – DH
2: Chone Figgins – 3B
3: Milton Bradley – LF
4: Justin Smoak – 1B
5: Ryan Langerhans – CF
6: Gabe Gross – RF
7: Jack Wilson- 2B
8: Brendan Ryan- SS
9: Adam Moore – C
Jack Wilson’s getting a lot of PT at second base. Langerhans is in CF as Franklin Gutierrez has flown to be with his father in law, Luis Salazar, who was severely injured after he was struck by a foul line-drive off the bat of Brian McCann.