Since my last update on January 28th, more players have arrived and some of the individual preparation has intensified.
Some of the recent arrivals include – Aaron Nola, Seranthony Dominguez, Spencer Howard, Enyel De Los Santos, Nick Fanti, Nicoly Pina, J.T, Realmuto, Didi Gregorius, Luis Garcia, and coaches Rob Thompson, Marty Malloy, and Larry Bowa.
That brings the early reports in Clearwater up to 49 players, and includes –
- 35 Pitchers – Brandon Ramey, Tyler McKay, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Jaylen Smith, Jake Kinney, Ethan Lindow, Jose Alvarez, Mauricio Llovera, Connor Seabold, Bailey Falter, Eudiver Avendano, Luke Leftwich, Kyle Young, Tyler Hallead, Ben Brown, Lizardo Herrera, Sandro Rosario, Trevor Bettencourt, Brian Auerbach, Carlos Francisco (WPT), Josh Tols, Robinson Martinez, Victor Arano, J.D. Hammer, Adam Morgan, Cole Irvin, Zach Warren, Jose Jimenez, Aaron Nola, Seranthony Dominguez, Spencer Howard, Enyel De Los Santos, Nick Fanti, Nicoly Pina, Dave Robertson
- 7 Catchers – Colby Fitch, Edgar Cabral, Rodolfo Duran, Jack Conley, Nick Matera, Herbert Iser, J.T, Realmuto,
- 4 Infielders – Alec Bohm, Jamari Baylor, Didi Gregorius, Luis Garcia
- 3 Outfielders – Carlos De La Cruz, Jose Pujols, Andrew McCutchen,
- 9 Coaches – Roly de Armas, Shawn Williams, Carlos Arroyo, Ray Burris, Greg Brodzinski, Chris Heintz, Marty Malloy, Rob Thompson, Larry Bowa
The 49 players are essentially in two groups non-rehabbers and rehabbers.
I reported that 13 pitchers took part in the bullpens last week. A smaller group threw pens on Friday. Another round is scheduled for Tuesday.
Robertson is throwing off flat ground with the other rehabbers. It is notable that he is throwing pretty hard. Suggestions that he may return by August don’t seem so out of the question.
Monday, a third group of hitters took part in BP – Realmuto, McCutchen, and Gregorius. Didi also took some ground balls off the bat of Bowa.
The last couple weeks, Bohm and Baylor have gone through a lot of drills and taken a lot of ground balls under the scrutiny and tutelage of the coaches. Baylor in particular received personalized instruction as the coaches transform from a prep shortstop to a pro shortstop. They spent some time on back handing balls, but more time on shortening his throw and release. He seems to thrive on the attention.
Friday, coaches worked on pitching mechanics for certain pitchers. For example, they worked on getting Lizardo Herrera to rotate his hips to a consistent position. They worked on how far pitchers brought back their front foot. Today they had a different group working on extending their stride. All these were undertaken without the ball in the pitchers’ hands.
I like watching the coaches give this kind of instruction where they will stop a drill and speak with the player. And, I like seeing that the players are receptive to the personal instruction.
I think Baylor is the baseball version of basketball’s “gym rat”. I get the impression that he would stay on the field all day and the coaches would have to “order” him off the field. I’ve seen him run after balls while shagging. Yeah, run.