Bullpens, PFPs, drills, etc…
Late morning workouts commenced following the Reds team meeting. On the first day, it stays rather simple with pitchers and catchers going through stretching, running and of course, numerous drills while rotating in groups to different fields.
On another field, catchers practiced blocking balls.
On another field, pitchers grabbed bats and practiced bunting.
And in the bullpen, there were guys throwing in eight-minute sessions. I saw Mike Leake, Aroldis Chapman, Travis Wood, Sam LeCure, Logan Ondrusek, Jordan Smith, Jerry Gil, Matt Klinker and Daryl Thompson.
I’m not a scout so I’m not qualified to say who looked good or not. But Gil could be an interesting pitcher to keep on your radar. He is a converted shortstop/outfielder that had a rifle right arm. I remember scout Gene Bennett once telling me a few years ago about seeing Gil in Double-A throw a ball to home plate from the center field warning track — without a hop. Gil had Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago and has worked his way through the Minors as a pitcher.
Of course, Chapman was bringing some velocity as he is wont to do. Below are a couple of pictures I took during his bullpen session.
Overall, the first day of activity lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Things are just wrapping up now at around 1:30 p.m. AZ time. I later learned that Dontrelle Willis missed the workout because his wife was having a baby.
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