“I think that’s what our template is and hopefully we’ll get a little chemistry in the last week” of spring training, Scioscia said.
Torii Hunter was the team’s primary number-two hitter last year, but he signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. Aybar has batted second periodically, but typically has hit first or last, in his time with the Angels going back to his debut in 2006.
Next to Bobby Wilson, who’s now a New York Yankee, Aybar had more sacrifice hits last season than any Angel, with seven. Howie Kendrick and Peter Bourjos (in limited time) were right behind with six apiece. That’s probably what Scioscia was talking about when he said Aybar “brings a situational component to that spot.”
He’ll bat second today in the Angels’ exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals.