Spring training stats mean something to all those young kids wearing football numbers and making the minimum salary.
And to Vernon Wells.

The Angels $21 million outfielder is using this spring to prove he can still be more than a highly paid bench player. Although the Angels' plan is to have Peter Bourjos start ahead of Wells, Manager Mike Scioscia has dropped just enough hints for Wells to believe he's got a shot.
"I want to give them every reason to make it a hard decision," Wells said. "I'm sure Peter is going to do the same."
In Wells' first start of the spring on Sunday, he bounced a ball up the middle for an infield single, and he reached third on a dropped popup. Even the latter, although, not a good at-bat, showed Wells can still run. Wells said his timing is not there yet, be he was happy with the approach, going up the middle and the other way.
"Never stray from that approach, keeping your hands inside the ball," Wells said. "The more you do it, the more it becomes natural for you. ... I'm going to take each at-bat like it's the regular season. I owe that to myself. I owe that to this team, to go out and be ready for whatever I'm called upon."
LHP Sean Burnett could resume his throwing program today. Burnett has been out for a week because of a stiff back. Burnett said he'll be ready to get back on the mound after playing catch for a couple days. He still hasn't missed enough time to put opening day in jeopardy. ... RHP Ryan Madson said he's scheduled to play catch on back-to-back days today and Tuesday, which would be the first time since he was shut down on Feb. 1. ... Scioscia said most of the Angels everyday players would see their first game action by Tuesday or Wednesday. Mike Trout said he was told he will play today. ... Omar Vizquel, who is working as an infield instructor, said he has been impressed with Angels No. 1 prospect Kaleb Cowart's defense.