Tales from Exit 138: Day Three of Minor League Spring Training

Workouts start later and end earlier, it seems. They hardly start doing PFPs and infield drills until 10 (the players stretch and throw forever). Players are mainly split up by level, but some players are bumped up to the next level. For example, Hassan has been working out in Pawtucket because guys like Juan Carlos Linares have been up with the big league club. Some guys bat or pitch in lower levels just to get at-bats or innings in.

I talked to Chris Hernandez in the morning. He had pitched for Salem on Thursday. He doesn’t describe himself as a power pitcher. His off-speed stuff is phenomenal, though.

Brock Huntzinger threw for Double-A Portland on Thursday. He said he was topping out between 88-92 mph, and that he felt pretty good for his first outing.

Madison Younginer is now listed among the rehabbing players. Not much information on that yet.

Chris Mellen and I went up to Port Charlotte to watch the Single-A teams. Lowell wasn’t playing today. Brandon Workman threw for Salem. He displayed all of his pitches: two and four seam fastball, cutter, change up, and curveball. He was topping out at least in the low 90′s (via Mellen’s radar gun).

Workman didn’t seem too pleased with his outing. He did struggle with his control, but this is completely normal this early in games.

Chris Balcom-Miller piggy-backed him, but I was watching the Greenville game at this point. Apparently, he was topping out around 88 mph.

This was the Greenville lineup:

Coyle
Ramos
Brentz
Cecchini
De La Cruz
Jacobs
Monaroa
Schwindenhammer
Peroa
Meneses

Stroup started, followed by Couch, Gleason, Huijer, and Erasmus. Couch said he felt pretty good. Huijer’s off speed stuff looked good today.

I was walking back-and-forth a lot, but apparently Coyle and Cecchini both got singles, and De La Cruz hit a double. Miles Head hit a long fly ball, and then hit a single down the right field line. Coyle has a lot of speed.

Brandon Jacobs left the game after splitting his lip open in a collision at home plate. He should be OK, but he might take it easy tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Anthony Ranaudo will pitch for High-A Salem. It is likely that Alex Wilson will pitch for Double-A Portland since he charted today.

Ryan Lavarnway hit an absolute bomb into left field off of James Shields (this comes from Chris Hatfield, Jon Singer, Jon Meoli, and Mike Andrews, who all watched the Triple and Double-A games at the complex today).

Finally, on a more personal note, I got into Syracuse’s New House School of Communications. I’m pretty sure I will be going there next fall. 

4 Comments

Congratulations on the acceptance! I bet you’re very excited to be in at such a great journalism school :)
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

Cool posts, Interesting to see what goes on at Minor Leagues Camps because there are not a lot of places on the web where you see stuff about it. Congratulations on Syracuse, That’s awesome!
-Matt
http://mattsblog.mlblogs.com/

Congratulations on you’re acceptance to SU Redsoxgirl. Guess I have some questions for someone covering to Sox right now. What do you think about Nava filling a spot in the outfield? With Lineras doing so well and Reddick having that pop, don’t you think he should be moved if someone wants him or just dropped in the depth chart? Secondly, if you have had the time to take notice, how is Ryan Dent’s development thus far this spring ? And Finally how is Tejeda handling the cut and his possible future with the Sox, can imagine he stock has jumped.
Thanks and keep up the great work. You’re the best person covering the best team

Great updates on the Sox minor leaguers. Congrats on being accepted to your school in Syracuse. It must be a big wieght off your shoulders.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

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