ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon has a blog post up about how the Angels are scouting Yu Darvish this spring. The hitters won't get a look at him on Sunday as Darvish pitches to minor leaguers in Surprise instead of against the Angels in Tempe.
But the Angels are busy scouting him anyway, as you can imagine. Here's part of Saxon's post:
The Angels figure to use C.J. Wilson in a camp game Sunday while using one of their minor-league pitchers to face the likes of Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton. Angels manager Mike Scioscia was more coy about the reason, saying a minor-league game gives the team an opportunity to shorten innings, making sure Wilson gets to his proper pitch count and innings tally.
So, Angels hitters will still be in the dark, but the team's quest for information has already begun. Jeff Cirillo, the former All-Star infielder, has been scouting Texas for the Angels this spring, while general manager Jerry Dipoto has seen Darvish throw on a couple of occasions. Once the season starts, the scouting baton will be handed to advance man Gary Varsho. The Angels already are in the process of stockpiling video of Darvish from Japan.
"It's a bit of a cat-and-mouse game," Angels director of pro scouting Hal Morris said. "There are a lot of different areas where we're gathering information."