This article is part of our The Z Files series.
It won't be long before we're getting reports on actual baseball. While this is obviously welcome, the news will be tempered as it will emanate from closed workouts and intrasquad scrimmages. That's understandable, as the current conditions preclude exhibition games, with the exception of an allowed three-game set right before the season commences. Still, gathering actionable information will be a chore the next few weeks.
Of course, most clubs won't be waging many position or rotation battles since the regulars will require every bit of summer camp just to get ready for the regular season. While it would have been nice to see Jo Adell or Spencer Howard's name in exhibition box scores, word should leak out with respect to their participation in team drills, bullpen sessions and intrasquad games.
With just 60 games on the schedule, every plate appearance and inning pitched is magnified in importance. Mike Trout missing a few games on paternity leave wouldn't move the needle in a standard season, but it could drop him out of the top five in the impending truncated campaign. Here are some things to monitor in the American League camps. The Senior Circuit will be reviewed later in the week.
Does Ryan Mountcastle get added to the 30-man roster, and if he does, will he be the regular first baseman?