At the plate: If Jared Mitchell continues to show more improvement at the plate — primarily cutting down his strikeouts — his promotion to the majors should come soon.

On the mound: Improving his changeup and working on stamina in the offseason were two important steps for left-hander Jose Quintana, who threw three perfect innings.

In the field: Third baseman Brent Morel handled two grounders at shortstop flawlessly, but manager Robin Ventura sounded only lukewarm about Morel's defense there.