Morales' progression showing at plate

Morales' progression showing at plate

TORONTO -- Kendry Morales' offensive production in Tuesday's series opener against the Blue Jays was telling of how the first baseman has been swinging the bat this year for the Halos.

On a night when the Angels could only muster a total of seven hits against Toronto ace Roy Halladay, Morales was the only Los Angeles player to get two base hits.

It was just an example of the continued progression that the 25-year-old switch-hitter is making this year. Entering Wednesday's game, Morales' eight home runs and 31 RBIs were both ranked second on the Angels, while his 51 hits placed third.

He raised his RBI total to 32 with a single in the third on Wednesday to give the Angels a four-run lead, before they went on to beat the Blue Jays, 8-1.

"This guy has a chance to be a real impact player," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia recently. "He's a young player that brings together a lot of talent. A guy that can drive the ball to all fields, has the ability to hit .300, and with experience, he's just going to get better and better."

Morales has struggled batting from the right side of the plate this year though, posting just a .205 average with no homers and three RBIs. This, in contrast to his .306 average, eight home runs and 29 RBIs as a left-handed hitter.

"His right-handed numbers -- I don't think they reflect that well of how he's swung the bat," said Scioscia. "He's hit a lot of balls hard from the right side. Left-handed, he's been terrific."

The manager was also quick to credit Morales' defensive play as well.

"He's holding his own in the field," said Scioscia. "He's more and more comfortable every day on the defensive side."

David Singh is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.