Just some random notes from what I saw at the complex yesterday. There were three games going on simultaneously, so I saw bits and pieces of all of them:
-Biggest crowd I’ve ever seen at Carpenter as Halladay was pitching one of the games
-Aumont looked fantastic. Every pitching instructor on site, including Dubee, came over to watch him pitch, and Kerfeld and Gillick stopped talking for the first time in an hour to watch him throw. Having done this for almost ten years now, the only other time I remember seeing that many staff members congregated at the Complex was to watch Drabek and Knapp throw simultaneous bullpens. The first hitter reached base on a nubbing infield single (off of what Aumont later called a “f—ing changeup” that got too much of the plate). He struck out the next two hitters on curveballs the hitters had no chance on and got the last hitter on a grounder. His fastball was heavy as expected, but what I didn’t realize is how much it bores in on lefties and away from righties. He also looks slightly slimmer than last year.
-J.C. Ramirez got hit around in the one inning I saw him pitch, including someone launching a double off the high batting eye in dead center.
-Cody Overbeck homered to left center, although it seemed “breeze-aided”.
-Savery hit the ball hard in the two ABs I saw, although both resulted in groundouts.
-Brian Pointer is a much larger person that I expected. The recent draftees were playing against a college team. Didn’t see much of it, but Pointer’s size did jump out at me.
-Schwim was signing many an autograph.