How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm once they've seen Roger Dean Stadium?
Fun day at camp today.
First, there was a little stir about the name "McGwire" on the schedule today — more on that in my notebook, but basically they’ve invited Mark and he hasn’t yet said no. But he hasn’t said yes either.
Mostly, though, it was a chance to see a lot of guys throw who I’d never seen throw before. Pretty much all of the really interesting kids threw today – Boggs, Ottavino, Mortensen, Walters, Motte, Perez, Worrell, Garcia, McLellan. So that was very cool. I’d seen Boggs once before, Perez once, Worrell alst spring, and Garcia once. But really haven’t seen any of these guys extensively.
Boggs has a really nice motion to my eye, looks very smooth and easy. And he’s a big guy, of course. You can see pretty easily some of the things that the team and scouts like about him. Ottavino seems to have a lot on his ball, a really big arm. He’s very interesting, and I’m intrigued to see him against hitters. Perez just throws big-time gas. I was told yesterday that he was hitting 99 at the end of the year last year. The ball really jumps out of his hand and pops in the mitt.
There are a lot of intriguing stories this spring — the outfield, the back of the rotation, Juan Gonzalez’s comeback, the middle infield, etc etc etc. But one of the ones I’m most looking forward to is watching all of these guys pitch.
-M, listening to U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind.