TEMPE, Ariz. —– The book on Martín Maldonado’& rsquo; s 2017 season might be entitled: “& ldquo; Also a lot of an excellent thing.”
& rdquo; In Maldonado & rsquo; s first season as the Angels & rsquo; catcher, his defense behind home plate confirmed to be so good that he played a lot that his efficiency at home plate experienced.
Although the defense remained elite, enough for Maldonado to win a Gold Glove, the goal for him and also the Angels this year is to discover a formula that permits him to be productive offensively all period, too.
It begins in the gym.
“& ldquo; What I missed in 2015 were the in-season exercises,” & rdquo; Maldonado “said. & ldquo; I didn & rsquo; t do as much as I’should. I & rsquo; ve got to discover a method to mix in a workout occasionally. I didn & rsquo; t do a good enough task going to the fitness center the method I should.”
& rdquo; Maldonado, 31, said his offseason workouts remained the very same this past winter, yet he plans to supplement them by getting into the fitness center more during the period.
You could excuse Maldonado for not understanding the best ways to prepare his body for catching that quantity of games, because he’& rsquo;d never done it.
Maldonado had actually never captured even more compared to 74 games or 602 innings, having spent his career as a back-up with the Milwaukee Brewers. When the Angels acquired him, they intended on him catching the bulk of the video games, but they could not have imagined it being so lopsided.
He caught 137 games as well as 1,146 innings, both tops in the majors. Consequently, his OPS went down from.725 in the initial half to.539 in the 2nd half.
Scioscia, a previous catcher that places extreme worth on defense at that position, kept playing Maldonado since he remained effective defensively, even as the violation slid.
“& ldquo; I believe he held up extremely well on the protective side,” & rdquo; Scioscia said. & ldquo; Having lived that section of it, with a profession, there is no question when you reach that quantity of video games capturing, there is no question it reflects in your striking before your protection. It’& rsquo; s a physical job to do that.”
& rdquo; Scioscia said he anticipates Maldonado “& ldquo; to respond better this year with the experience of doing it in 2015.”
& rdquo; Maldonado & rsquo; s brand-new exercise regimen should aid. Likewise, the Angels are wishing they won’& rsquo; t have to ask him to capture that lots of video games, since currently they have experienced René Rivera as a backup. Rivera gives a closer approximation of exactly what Maldonado can do, offensively and defensively, than Juan Graterol, which will allow the Angels to give Maldonado more day of rests.
If Maldonado can preserve his protective production, but struck at his first-half level all season, it would certainly be an increase for the Angels.
“& ldquo; I think I can, & rdquo; he claimed. & ldquo; In 2014 was an understanding experience for me. I believe I figured out what I did incorrect in the 2nd half. I’& rsquo;
ll improve. & rdquo
; Ohtani’update Shohei Ohtani & rsquo; s next begin will be on Saturday, Scioscia stated. They aren’& rsquo; t sure yet if he & rsquo; ll join in the big league video game, versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, or a minor league game. The latter appears most likely so they can ensure he gets up to 90-plus pitches.
Until now Ohtani has struggled, both on the pile and at home plate, however the Angels have actually shown ongoing confidence in his capacity to change.
Prior to Sunday’& rsquo; s video game, Ohtani spent some time speaking with Rangers reliever Chris Martin, who was his colleague with the Nippon Pork Fighters.
Martin stated he believes Ohtani will be able to make the change to the majors. He claimed the distinction in the rounds —– they are a lot more glossy in the majors than Japan —– is magnified in Arizona due to the slim, completely dry air.
“& ldquo; He & rsquo; ll be simply great, & rdquo; Martin claimed. & ldquo; Like I claimed he has self-confidence. As well as it’& rsquo; s spring training. He & rsquo; s getting utilized to the spheres. The air right here is genuine slim. Me, as well, I’& rsquo; m on the exact same boat aiming to obtain made use of to the spheres and the means individuals aiming to get the ball airborne here and also you see exactly how the sphere flies. It’& rsquo; s simply an adjustment that he’& rsquo; s mosting likely to have to make as well as you recognize exactly how good of a player he is.”
& rdquo; Also Garrett Richards was scheduled to begin in a minors game on Sunday. The Angels are having several of their beginners function in small organization video games today to ensure they can reach their maximum pitch count as they come close to opening up day. Tyler Skaggs will certainly function in a small league game on Monday, with Osmer Morales starting in the major league game & hellip;
Albert Pujols and Chris Youthful were also arranged to played in the small league game as Richards. Pujols desired to obtain more at-bats than he can in a big league video game. Youthful, who is still catching up after missing a few weeks with a stretched calf, also was aiming to optimize his at-bats without having to play an entire video game in the outfield.
Staff writer Tomoya Shimura contributed to this story.