With Spring Training now in full swing, Los Angeles Angels infielder Grant Green has quickly become one of the early bright spots on the team.
The 26-year-old has had an impressive start at the plate in this year’s Spring Training as he has hit .600 with three RBIs in five games played for Los Angeles. His hot hitting also includes four of his six hits being doubles. Green is entering his second season with the Halos after being acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Oakland Athletics for infielder Alberto Callaspo.
He spent much of last year at second base after Howie Kendrick went down with a right knee injury that forced him to miss three weeks of the season. For the 2013 season, Green played in 40 games for the Halos as he hit .280 with one home run, 17 RBIs and a .336 on-base percentage.
As for Green’s fast start, it will certainly bode well for him as he is looking to earn playing time this upcoming season as a backup to Kendrick and Erick Aybar. Although it may be in just a platoon role for the 26-year-old, an injury to either player could push Green into the starting lineup and earn valuable playing time as he continues to develop as hitter.
If Green is able to continue to his hot hitting, he can possibly convince the Halos that he could be their second baseman of the future over Kendrick, who the team attempted to move at last year’s trade deadline. That may be a far stretch at this current juncture, but with a solid Spring Training, anything could happen.
Ultimately, what it comes down to is that Green has a prime opportunity to prove himself worthy of increased playing, and so far this Spring Training, he is showing the Angels that he is ready to be a contributor to their offense this upcoming season.