Angel Talk with Jason Brennan excerpts from the first Angel Talk of the year following the 9 to 3 victory by the LA Angels in Spring Training baseball over the 2011 San Diego Padres. We talk for a moment about the young prospects for the Angels and the importance of Dan Haren coming with a strong outing on the verge of the 2011 baseball season for the Angels. 25 total runs over the past three games for the Angels may signal a team ready to peak at the right time with only five days left to opening day.
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But if the Angels' 9-2 exhibition victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday in Angel Stadium is any indication, the kids seem poised to make significant contributions.
Trumbo, a former Villa Park High standout, hit a run-scoring double to center field in the fourth inning and crushed a three-run home run, his sixth of the spring, to center in the fifth.
Bourjos, already touted as one of the best defensive center fielders in the game, hit a two-run triple in the second and reached on a bunt single and scored in the fourth to lift his spring average to .373 in 22 games.
"It's been exciting to watch those guys," said Angels right-hander Dan Haren, who gave up one run and three hits in five innings. "Coming to spring training, center field was Peter's job to lose, and he just took it right over. He's made a great impression.
"With Kendrys out, Mark is swinging the bat well. The thing I like about both is they're smart. They go about their business the right way. They get it. Some guys come up with the wrong attitude. They've definitely got their heads on straight."
Both of their heads were spinning last season. Bourjos played great defensively after his Aug. 3 promotion from triple A but looked overmatched at the plate, hitting .204 with some power (six homers, six doubles, four triples). He struck out 40 times in 181 at-bats.
But Bourjos seems a lot less wide-eyed this spring.