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.


Keep an eye on Motte.

When he was in Springfield, you could tell by his wind-up that he wasn’t a “natural” pitcher. But the dude has some serious heat.

How big do you think McGwire is in St. Louis right now M? I know the whole steroids thing doesn’t go over very well (even though he hasn’t been proven one way or the other), but do you think management and fans are receptive to him at all?

Ah, but does the Perez fastball “pop in the mitt” where the mitt is positioned by the catcher, or must the mitt go get it? I fully believe that this guy is going to be a very good reliever if he can just solve his control problems. I know it’s early, but is any progress being made there?

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