In a spring training game of mostly 4A and scrub Halos, Sunday afternoon’s first inning saw a magical thing: The Angels top prospect drove in the team’s #2 prospect! With two strikes on him in the first inning and Brandon Marsh on 2B, Jo Adell, batting cleanup, guided a pitch into shallow right-center, driving in the runner.
In a perfect world, this will be an oft-repeated start to many Angels first innings with Marsh at leadoff, Adell at cleanup and offensive production humming along. Of course, many things can change… top prospects can falter. For every Mike Trout there is a Brandon Wood and a Dallas McPherson and even they made it to the show. It is a game of failure and most fail. We could trade one or both of Adell and Marsh before they are established Angels. We could live to regret that, or celebrate dodging a bullet. We might talk about the one that got away or make plans for the Cooperstown induction ceremony with any vaunted prospect whose hand is yet to be secure in the plans of the team’s glove.
Until one of those scenarios transpires… all we really have is what happened Sunday: an exciting first inning. Exciting to see a Spring win, to get off to such a bang, yet also exciting if this is a preview of the decade ahead.