Spring training has officially kicked off and there are a
few situations that are worth taking note of. Here are my five storylines to
watch out for in the AL West this spring (in no particular order).
- Brandon Webb Preparing to Earn a Spot in the Rangers Rotation
It will be interesting to see how Webb does
coming off of major shoulder injuries.
If he shows that he is ready to go, Webb could easily step into the
Rangers three-hole of the rotation and put up sparkling numbers. The Rangers
have said they are going to take it slow with Webb (as they should) and that
they do see him being ready to go when the season starts.
- The Michael Young Trade Situation
It looks like for now that Michael Young
will be lacing it up for the Rangers come opening day. It will be interesting
to see how Young acts during camp and if he will continue to be an unwanted
distraction. If he is traded, life goes on; if not, things could get
interesting in Arlington.
- Neftali Feliz Moving to the Rotation for the Rangers
Last season, Feliz was a dominant force as
the Rangers closer. He went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year honors and
played an integral part in the Rangers playoff run. After losing out on Cliff
Lee in the winter, the Rangers now have a gaping hole in their rotation. It has
already been said by the Rangers brass that Feliz would be given an opportunity
to win a spot in the rotation, making him more valuable to the team. The
Rangers bullpen is already strong without Feliz as it is, so if he were to
start, the bullpen wouldn’t be in total disarray. He came up though the minors
in the Rangers system as a starter, so a move to the rotation is not as
farfetched as some may think. It worked last year for CJ Wilson. Why not
- Mariners Top Prospect Dustin Ackley Shooting to Crack the Opening Day Roster
The Seattle Mariners selected Dustin Ackley
second overall in the 2009 draft class. He has changed positions in the minors
numerous times so that he could reach “The Show” as quickly as possible. While
his overall numbers weren’t that impressive this past year, he did shoot though
the system. He showed his first round pedigree in the 2010 Arizona Fall League
hitting just over .400 throughout league play. This kid could make an impact
early if he shows that he isn’t overmatched this spring.
- Kendry Morales Overcoming His Limp-off Home Run
First basemen Kendry Morales is the driving
force in the Angels offense and it will be imperative that this team gets off
to a fast start to keep up with the A’s and Rangers this season. Morales is
coming off a broken leg that ended his season after celebrating a walk off run.
It has been reported that he may not be ready for the beginning of the season,
but don’t count him out just yet.