A few notes from Thursday’s workout
Just a few extra notes from D-backs camp today…
— D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was impressed with what he saw out of pitchers Billy Buckner, Jordan Norberto and Kevin Mulvey while they were throwing live batting practice Thursday.
“Ball is coming out of his hand pretty well,” Hinch said of Mulvey. “He looks like his arm is in good shape.
“Buckner and Norberto probably threw the best two live BP sessions,” Hinch said.
— Norberto also caught the eye of pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
“Command, life, breaking ball, changeup, everything was in a tight zone,” Stottlemyre said. “He has a little different look to him this year in terms of confidence.”
Another young player that impressed was Bryan Shaw, a right-hander who was the club’s second-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
“Bryan Shaw really got his lower half in control, everything was down with good life,” Stottlemyre said. “It was good to see because he gets himself in trouble when he gets too quick, but we’ve been working on it and he carried it in today.”
— Clay Zavada threw some good curveballs during his batting practice session. His intensity during the session drew laughs from his teammates. Whether it’s batting practice or not, Zavada treats every time on the mound like it’s Game 7 of the World Series.