In this year’s spring training several players for the Los Angeles Angels are having standout performances, one of which is second baseman Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick has quietly been one of the Halos’ most productive players at the plate in spring training as he is batting .396 with one home run, seven RBIs and three stolen bases in 18 games played. The 30-year-old has been swinging a hot bat as of late with a current four-game hitting streak and has recorded hits in 14 of the 18 games he has appeared in.
His production this spring training is an encouraging sign for Los Angeles as it hopes to bounce back this upcoming season after a disappointing year in 2013 that saw it finish 18 games out of first place with a record of 78-84. Despite missing 35 games a year ago due to a left knee sprain that he suffered in early August, the eight-year veteran was able to put up decent numbers as he hit .297 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.
If Kendrick can produce just as he did last season and stay healthy, it will greatly benefit the Angels’ offense that is expected to be even more explosive with players ready to prove themselves in Albert Pujols, who is coming off a season ended early due to a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, and Josh Hamilton, who had a difficult first year with the team. So for the 30-year-old this will mean that he will have more opportunities to drive in runs and be an integral part of the Angels’ success this upcoming season.
Kendrick, like his teammates, appears to be a highly motivated player this spring training who is hoping to build off last season’s production at the plate and once again reach the postseason for the first time since 2009.