Unless Bourjos wanders off a cliff and never is heard from again, Wells probably will need a flashlight and bloodhound in order to find at-bats early in the season — even if Scioscia speaks with political correctness on March 13 with nearly three weeks before opening day.
“There’s no doubt that he’s made some adjustments in the batter’s box and I think you’re seeing that quick bat and him drive the ball, but you’re also seeing him stay on pitches and hit balls hard to right field. That’s when he’s at his best,” Scioscia said Wednesday as Wells prepared to take batting practice.
“There is playing time to be won by a lot of guys and Vernon is one of those guys. You’re talking about a guy who is just a couple of years removed from a monster season and he just hasn’t brought that to us, but it’s in there. If he can get to that level, there’s no doubt that his playing time is going to increase.”
... Even if Wells continues his hot spring, it won’t assure him of anything. What will earn him playing time is taking full advantage of his opportunities in April. Trumbo already is an established hitter, and Bourjos, entering his third full major league season, will be given every chance to succeed by the organization that drafted him in the 10th round in 2005.
“You want to evaluate where you are and there is a certain look Peter gives you in the lineup, a certain look Vernon gives you in the lineup, a certain look when Trumbo is out there playing defense,” Scioscia said. “There’s going to be a lot of different options you’re going to look at and use, but I think if we find continuity, you want to roll with it.
“How it comes is just how it evolves.”
Posted: March 14, 2013 at 04:18 AM | 35 comment(s)
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