The Cactus League is halfway over. Fourteen games down, fourteen to go and then three Freeway Series games before a flight to Seattle and the start of the 55th season of Angels baseball.
So who is doing good and who is doing lousy this spring?
Let's look at who is UP first.
Mike Trout - He has admitted that he is taking an aggressive approach this Spring and it is paying off for him. His On Base Percentage of .613 is joined with a Slugging Percentage of 1.136 ... what that means is that Mike Trout is averaging over one base per Plate Appearance this Spring. Good things come to those who hack, apparently.
C.J. Cron - Someone wants an everyday job at DH. His offensive numbers would lead many Cactus and Grapefruit league teams but he is second to the big fish and the mild mannered Cron probably likes it that way. He has a .412 OBP and a .667 slugging.
Jered Weaver - Despite one lousy start he has nine strikeouts in 10.2 Innings Pitched and was really sharp in his most recent outing. His 1.03 WHIP leads Halo starters who have pitched more than three innings.
Vinnie Pestano - Mister Goose Eggs - a WHIP of zero after eleven batters faced this Spring.
Now examine the DOWN side of Spring
Hector Santiago - To paraphrase Dean Wormer, a 5.87 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP is no way to go thru life, son.
Josh Rutledge - Still the favorite to get the opening day start at 2B, Rut is in a rut - his .294 On Base Percentage stinks and he has hit a grand total of six singles and one double.
Jeremy McBryde - He has faced twenty batters and allowed four earned runs. His WHIP is 2.182. He is headed to Salt Lake.
Fernando Salas - His WHIP is 2.500 and he has given up eight hits and two walks to the 22 batters he has faced in Spring.
Seventeen games start on Thursday!