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    It's fitting that Miclat and Angle are paired together. They are similar players who get on base, are excellent baserunners, and do all the little things well. I agree with having Miclat ranked slightly higher, as I think the skill set works better for a utility infielder than for a 4th OF.

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    Tony, if one were to (or has) speak to Miclat, what would he say is the reason he finally took conditioning seriously? Was there a new coach or emphasis in the organization? Was last offseason the first one the organization asked him to get more fit? Was it a personal decision?

    It is nice to hear these kids "get religion" and try to perform to their peak, but it is frustrating to think that better results could and should have been achieved earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoosiers View Post
    Tony, if one were to (or has) speak to Miclat, what would he say is the reason he finally took conditioning seriously? Was there a new coach or emphasis in the organization? Was last offseason the first one the organization asked him to get more fit? Was it a personal decision?

    It is nice to hear these kids "get religion" and try to perform to their peak, but it is frustrating to think that better results could and should have been achieved earlier.
    From what I heard he tried to bulk up during the 2009 offseason because of his lack of power, but put on so much weight that he lost his speed in 2010. He went back to working on speed, lost weight and thus the improvement in the speed area. Like a lot of classic "little guys," he'll get into one occasionally and then start to think he could be a power guy. In the past Miclat hit the ball in the air too often but last season there was a noticeable difference in his ability to keep the ball down and use his speed for hits. This is just the process that these young hitters have to go through and why there's a minor leagues. Failure is usually the best motivator.

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