Eight years ago, when 17-year-old Bengie Molina was discovered in his hometown of Dorado, Puerto Rico, by an Angels' scout, he was a smooth-fielding, strong-armed shortstop. "I thought of myself as an infielder," says Molina, "but the scout looked at my body and said, 'Can you catch?' " The 5'11" 207-pounder made the switch instantly. Molina, who spent half of last season with the Triple A Edmonton Trappers before a 31-game stint in Anaheim, has quick feet, soft hands and an above-average arm, and was named the minors' top defensive catcher by Baseball America. This year he'll push Matt Walbeck for the Angels' starting job. He's hoping his opportunities to play in the majors won't be curtailed by the nagging injuries he has suffered in four of his seven minor league seasons. "He's a defensive catcher with pop," manager Mike Scioscia says of Molina, who hit .286 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 65 games in Triple A last year. "He just needs to stay healthy."