"My timing's getting better each day, pitch recognition is getting better each day," Span said before Saturday's game against the Marlins. "I feel like I'm very, very close to where I need to be.
"This year, I'm just looking for consistency. I want to play consistent ball from start to finish, coming out of the gates and just doing what I've always been capable of doing at a high level, playing at a high level and just being the leadoff hitter I know I can be."
Span hit .263 with a .677 OPS in the first half last year after coming over from the Twins in an offseason trade. He bounced back in the second half to hit .302 with a .750 OPS.
The 30-year-old came into Saturday hitting .324 (12-for-37) this spring, with three doubles and a triple. The only curious thing about his performance is that he hadn't drawn a walk, but Span said he hadn't changed his approach at all.
"I've been having some better at-bats as of late and battling my butt off with two strikes, but I just haven't been able to draw a walk," Span said. "I'm hoping the opposite happens when the season starts. Last year, I had  walks in Spring Training, and then once the season started, I didn't walk as much as I was on pace for.
"So a lot of it is just me seeing the ball. My timing is almost where it needs to be, so I'm not worried about it too much."
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.