Sunday morning in Clearwater and Jeremy Hellickson started our day with a live batting practice session. He pitched to Cameron Perkins and Andrew Knapp. I have some video of Hellickson’s performance, three pitches. I do not have the video of Knapp parking the fifth or sixth pitch he saw in the handicapped parking section beyond the right field fence on Ashburn Field. As he left the cage, I called over “way to bash” or some such witticism. Knapp grinned and nodded ever so slightly in acknowledgement.
Hellickson throws under the watchful eye of Bob McClure. Knapp also banged a line drive off the horizontal pipe that likely would have been a single to center. Prior to this session (which occurred before the team came out to stretch), Knapp was taking ground balls on the half-field at first base. He did the same on Saturday.
Vince Velasquez throwing in front of Larry Andersen on Saturday. One pitch on each video, Vince was taking a lot of time between pitches. Either he couldn’t get comfortable on the mound or he’s been watching video of Buchholz.
Video of Jerad Eickhoff from Saturday’s workouts.
After the team completes their calisthenics and stretching, the position players have been going through base running drills on two fields. Freddy Galvis who begged off the Venezuelan National team in the WBC due to a hamstring, hasn’t been taking part in these or any drills that require running. The pitchers long toss in the outfield on Schmidt Field. When done their drills, the position players also long toss.
Saturday, the teams split into two groups and worked on pick offs and rundowns. Sunday, they worked on throws from the outfield to second, third, and home; throws to the relay man, and throws by the infielders from relay depth to home. The pitchers simulated a pitch off the mound to start the action. They did a lot of standing around waiting for their turn. The lines were a little shorter on Saturday as the pitchers scheduled to throw live BP were warming up on the Seven Mounds. Sunday, there was no live BP other than Hellickson early on, so the pitchers waited for their turn during the defensive drills.
The defensive drills are followed by live BP if it is scheduled and then regular BP off the coaches. Here are some photos from Sunday’s BP.
I think that is Steve Noworyta the Assistant Director, Player Development in the black shirt.
I saw Mickey Moniak, Cole Stobbe, and Kyle Young at the Complex today. They were in and out in 20 minutes. I think they went unnoticed by the professional autograph hunters. I took great joy in telling them Moniak was there 30 minutes after he left.
At first glance, Mickey didn’t look noticeably bigger in spite of reports we received during the off season about a 20 pound weight gain. I’ll get a better look tomorrow. However, as he turned to leave, his arms looked to be considerably more massive. I’m not prepared to say they have reached Alfaro-like proportions, but they aren’t Tocci-like twigs either. It was a promising first glance. I’m getting a little bored watching the same drills everyday, maybe I’ll just wait in the parking lot and see him when he arrives.
I spoke with Bob Stumpo after practice. He’s holding his daughter. That’s his wife between me and the stroller. Bob took a construction and home remodeling job to be near his family, but missed baseball. When the Phillies offered him an opportunity to rejoin the organization, he accepted.
Personal aside: Bob coached my wife’s cousin’s son in little league. He reached draft age this year. He was a multi-position player who settled on catcher in high school, a three-year starter. He is being courted by Duke, Kentucky, NC State, Florida, and Florida State. He has not committed. He was also an all-state wrestler and two-way football player in middle school. He dropped football in HS, but is ranked second in the state at 195 lbs going into the state wrestling finals. He was at a baseball classic this weekend taking BP off a former major leaguer. I don’t remember his name. He’s got 3-4 years of Spanish under his belt, too.