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Five first impressions for 2012

Updated: March 13, 2012, 10:51 AM ET
By Buster Olney

I emailed a longtime club official a couple of weeks ago and asked for some early developments in his team's camp, and his response contained two words: "Too early."

But on Monday, the same official talked for a half-hour about what he has seen in his team, and what he is seeing in other teams.

Nothing counts, yet, but first impressions for the 2012 season are being formed, and if you wade into conversations among scouts and executives these days, these are some of the things you hear:

1. The vision of the Angels' front office is coming together.

Albert Pujols looks like Albert Pujols -- in other words, he looks great -- and because Kendrys Morales is getting closer to playing in games, the Angels' lineup could be better than expected. "If Morales comes back and is close to being what he was," said one NL evaluator over the weekend, "I think it makes them a different team. They need a guy who can do damage behind [Pujols]."

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