First off, apologies for not posting regularly. While I had my iPad with the blogging app on it with me at the Complex several times, the combination of St. Patty’s Day, running into some old friends, cheap beer, and the lure of going swimming in the Gulf at 1:30 in the morning prevented me from spending nearly as much time as I typically do watching the goings-on at the Complex. Here are a few things that I noted after my Day 1 post:
- It looks like the Altherr at 3B experiment might be over as I saw him working only in the OF during morning drills.
- Savery does not look overmatched at the plate, although nearly everything goes to left side. He makes solid contact, but his bat might be a bit slow right now.
- Cesar Hernandez was drawing raves from the crowds watching him at 2B during fielding drills. It’s hard to explain unless you’ve been there, but in a situation where multiple instructors are conducting multiple drills with different sets of players simultaneously, for a single player to stand out is pretty special.
- Watched Kevin Walter pitch–while I couldn’t see the gun, his fastball seems to be just a bit short as the scouting reports have noted. But he is a young, young looking kid, so I think it’s very likely that he gains velocity as he matures.
- Josh Zeid impressed me in the minor league game he started–allowed some runners, but never lost focus and didn’t allow a run. Poise and presence are words that get thrown around a lot, but he seems to have it.
- Both Cameron Rupp and Angel Chavarin looked very solid defensively. Chavarin was catching against the Academie Baseball Canada team and moved very well behind the plate, blocking pitches in the dirt in both directions. He did throw a ball into right field trying to pick a runner off, but that was more due to the first baseman getting tangled up with the runner.-
- Speaking of the Academie Baseball Canada team, following the game against the Phils’ recent draftees, the Phils’ scouts pulled one of their players aside for a private workout. I believe the player was Jonathan Jones, a 6’5″, 205-lb 3B who just turned 19. Not sure what to make of the workout as it consisted of about 20 BP swings and 20 groundballs at third, but I thought I’d pass it on as it’s one of the neat things you see every so often down there.
- I got to see the championship ring presentations to both the GCL Phillies and to Lakewood. Nice to see and every player who got so much as a single AB or IP was presented with a ring on the field at BrightHouse, in full Phillies uniforms, prior to a game.