Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 3
Day 3 / Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / 42 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 58 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle
Weather: The forecast called for rain this morning but the skies remained fairly clear and while there was no rain, it was still a chilly 48-degrees (not much higher than 42-degree Seattle) but the temeperatures rose to the mid-50’s by the end of the workout.
Quote of the Day: “It is a fun group to watch, an impressive group of young kids and we’re looking forward to watching them compete when the games start.” – Jack Zduriencik after watching an impressive group of young pitchers (pictured below).
The Day: Pitchers and catchers continued to work on the fundamentals today including PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) and part of the staff had bullpen sessions. While Felix Hernandez and other veterans had their own sessions, it was the third group that attracted the most attention.
In the third and final session, you found LHP James Paxton, LHP Danny Hultzen, RHP Erasmo Ramirez, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Stephen Pryor and RHP Chance Ruffin toeing the mounds as GM Jack Zduriencik, Assistant GM Jeff Kingston, Special Assistant Pete Vuckovich, Manager Eric Wedge and the pitching coaches watched intently.
That crop of young pitching has obviously getting a lot of attention over the last few months and it was good to finally see them all out on the mound. They each threw for 10 minutes before completing their day with conditioning.
After the bullpen session, Zduriencik remarked: “It is a fun group to watch, an impressive group of young kids and we’re looking forward to watching them compete when the games start.”
I think we all feel the same about this impressive group of players coming up through the system.
The catchers BP was also very impressive with all of them having good rounds in the cage. Miguel Olivo, John Jaso and Jesus Montero were all hitting the ball on the screws and the line drives were flying all over the field.
Many of the position players have already arrived and while they are not allowed to work out with the team until position players reporting day on Saturday, they all spent time on Field 6 taking turns in the cages and tracking down baseballs in the field.
We’re getting closer and closer to having the full big league team together in Peoria and that should make for an exciting upcoming few weeks.