2017 Spring Training, 2/26

I have video from Friday’s minor league session.  The group consists of guys who have reported early for a camp that starts later this week.  

Several pitchers were dressed in uniform pants.  I assumed that meant that they would be pitching during live BP.  A coach verified that the unis identified the pitchers who would be throwing from a mound that day.  All except Mario Hollands threw on the Seven Mounds back out of sight.  I don’t know why Hollands doesn’t have his name on his shirt.  But the stirrups are his camp trademark.  Here are two videos of him pitching.

 

Cole Stobbe batted against Hollands and made solid contact on the first pitch in the video. The next pitch was low and inside.  Brush back?  Maybe, eh.

Two sets of Mickey Moniak taking swings during batting practice.  He has a nice repeatable motion.  Look how he starts with his hands at the load position.  He doesn’t drop them down noticeably like some other batters I’ve seen.  The only quieter load I’ve noticed so far was by Jorge Alfaro.

Mitch Walding really tags 4 of the 5 pitches in this video.  All made the warning track, into a stiff wind.

Saturday was a Phillies home game.  I chose not to pay the $10 to park at the Complex, didn’t want to arrive 4-plus hours before practice to beat the parking fee, and didn’t feel like walking the mile-plus from the closest free lot.  This will undoubtedly continue to affect my attendance at the Complex this week.  Sunday was an off day for the kids since they don’t have to be here yet.

9 thoughts on “2017 Spring Training, 2/26

  1. Jim – thanks for your hard work and great information. Just curious what time have the minor league workouts been starting at carpenter? I’ll be down this week and no it’s different when the players are there voluntarily

  2. Hard to tell from the angle but I’m pretty sure most of MM’s swings were taking the ball back up the middle where as Walding was just pulling everything.

    Great hitters rarely pull the ball because they specifically practice waiting that extra split second to see the ball deep in the zone before firing on it.

    1. I tried taking video from behind, but the padding and coaches do a good job of blocking the batter. I had to discard and restart several as the coaches move from one vantage point to another.

  3. Mario Hollands being left-handed has a chance to be a bullpen guy. The Phillies have openings for left-handed pitchers. I’ll be interested to see if he still features the good fast ball that got him to the majors in a similar situation three years ago.

    1. the need for LH arm (both pen and rotation) is a useless premise unless the Phils will contend or make a run in the playoffs. With the presence of a number of better and younger bull pen arms in high minors, Hollands needs to be lights out to get noticed. At 28 yo, Hollands future with the Phils seems a foregone conclusion. Austin Davis, Zach Morris, Jeff Singer already passed Hollands and Windle and deNato may warrant closer look.

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