Angelini Better Prepared For 2009

Angelini says his experience is key for next year

Aside from a couple of Instructional League camps last offseason and an injury-plagued Spring Training back in March, Carmen Angelini didn't really get to see his first professional action until he made his professional debut with the Charleston Riverdogs this year. While the numbers weren't anything to write home about, he says the whole experience has him better prepared for next season.

"I think things went pretty good," Carmen Angelini said of his debut season. "It was a lot different for me, starting in a full season in the Sally League, so that was a big adjustment for me; the number of games, the competition, I'm definitely not used to that.

"That was a good experience for my first season, starting off in the South Atlantic League and being exposed to that."

Seldom do players who put up the type of numbers he posted in the South Atlantic League this season - .236, four home runs, and 42 errors - actually walk away happy with the experience they gained, but that's exactly what he gleaned from his first professional season.

"I definitely learned a lot this season," he admitted. "As far as the numbers go I don't think they're very impressive to the eyes. Like I said though, starting off in a full season league right out of high school, I definitely learned a lot. That's what I'm going to take into next year.

"I've got 138 professional games of experience under my belt and that's more games than I played all together in high school. I'm definitely more prepared for next year."

Known for his maturity and astutely more concerned with his development than immediate statistical rewards at this point, Angelini says he got more satisfaction with the lessons he learned through his struggles this year.

"The thing I'm taking away most from this past season is I definitely learned a lot," said Angelini, unfazed by his numbers. "It was a completely new experience for me.

"Pro ball is definitely a lot different than amateur ball, especially in high school. Just getting a feel for the game and dealing with the everyday grind, that takes a lot of adjustments."

He had never played everyday before this season, he never had to pay attention to his health in a continuous fashion, and he never had to deal with failure to this extent, and he says he has become a better ballplayer from experiencing so many things for the first time.

"It's just I didn't quite know what to expect because I had never gone through it before," he said. "I definitely think I can compete with anybody out there and just having the experience of this past season just prepares me more for next season."

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