Day 2: Feb. 20
First day of actual action out at Salt River Fields today. Let’s get right to it…
– Stephen Drew took grounders for the first time since his injury.
– D-backs pitchers had a relatively light day with some throwing bullpens and going through drills.
– Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers both addressed the media.
– Both men said that pitchers will have to earn their roles.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
– D-backs fans are fired up about 2012.
I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout for the first workout. I can’t remember this many fans being here last year. The enthusiasm Monday and at FanFest has not gone unnoticed by the players.
“It was great to see that kind of turnout at FanFest,” Justin Upton said. “To keep those kind of fans locked in we have to play good baseball.”
– Takashi Saito did not have to take a physical upon signing. That caught me off guard. Can’t remember ever hearing that before.
– Trevor Cahill’s sinker really does look heavy.
Was impressive watching him throw his bullpen session and you can see why some people say his sinker is like Brandon Webb’s.
“Good arm, I mean, c’mon what’s not to like?” Gibson said when asked what he thought after watching Cahill throw.
– Chris Young is fired up for the season.
“I agree completely with him,” he said referring to Gibson’s comments Sunday about the team not accomplishing enough last year. “We didn’t win a World Series last year so there’s a lot to improve on and a lot of things we have to get better at. Last year’s results don’t have anything to do with this year. We have to continue to work to get better. Nobody is going to give us anything. We’re going to have to earn every bit of it.”
– The D-backs are still looking for catching and middle infield depth at the upper levels of their system.
“If we were to make a trade,” Towers said. “Those are areas that we think we need to kind of fill a void that we currently have in our system.”
WHAT’S COMING UP:
– The workout should start with stretching around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and run till noonish. The Young Guns — Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs et al should be throwing bullpens.
– For those of you who have asked, yes, workouts are open to the public. They are free as is parking before games get underway.
You can park in the Desert Parking Lot and walk to any of the fields. The best vantage point for the covered batting cages and the pitching mounds — where the bullpen sessions happen — can be accessed by walking up the ramp behind them.
That’s all for today. Remember…
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