.270 batting average. 22 home runs. 73 RBI.
Not bad for a guy with a surgically repaired leg.
Two years ago, these may have been underwhelming numbers for Los Angeles Angels slugger Kendrys Morales, who posted a .304 average with 34 homers and 108 RBI in 2009.
But knowing what Morales has endured since a disastrous home plate celebration snapped his leg in two in 2010, this season’s numbers are a huge step in the right direction.
Heck, playing an entire season would have sufficed for a step in the right direction. Morales’s 2012 was more of a leap, really.
That leap included the opportunity to show what he can do on defense. Though he played most of 2012 as the Angels’ designated hitter, Morales did occasionally play first base in the second half. Watching the big fella flash the leather has been a blast, to say the least.
Underlying all the hope and optimism, though, is the nagging concern whether Morales will ever get back to his 2009 form. Considering what a devastating injury he suffered, a full recovery doesn’t seem likely. Look for the big man to improve over the next few years, but don’t expect anything mind-blowing.
Kendrys Morales has done much for the Angels organization in his relatively short career. The slugger has a long road to traverse if he hopes to return to his 2009 form, but his 2012 campaign gives the Angels and his fans hope for a fruitful future. 2013 should be an exciting season as Morales comes off his first full MLB season in two years.