Spring training has been a huge confidence boost for the Seattle Mariners and a welcome show of improvement for fans.
The Mariners currently sit atop the Cactus League standings with a 9-3 record (prior to Wednesday night's game). Those following the games have been treated to a glimpse at pretty much every exciting player on the team, from Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki to first-round draft pick Danny Hultzen.
As a result of the uncertainty regarding the starting rotation, we've seen a plethora of pitchers, all of whom have looked pretty solid, though, some who showed promise have been demoted to minor league camp already.
Perhaps a more encouraging sight, however, has been the delightful number of launched balls coming off the bats of lots of the young hitters on the team.
There's a lot to be excited about, but there's also a lot to be gleaned from the first month of the Mariners' 2012 season. Here are seven things spring training has taught us about the M's.