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A few notes and videos from today’s workout ….

Post by Ryan Divish on Feb. 14, 2013 at 11:28 am with 7 Comments »
February 14, 2013 5:18 pm

Day 2 of workouts was very much the same as Day 1.

The number of position players continues to grow. Raul Ibanez, Michael Morse and Franklin Gutierrez all arrived in Peoria today. They all did some individual workouts.

GM Jack Zduriencik was pleased with the number of players that have shown up early.

“It’s great,” he said. “I think it sends a message to others that this is how it should be.”

The bullpens were pretty normal. Catcher Kelly Shoppach could be a good presence for Mike Zunino and John Hicks. Before the workouts, Shoppach was showing them how to read, study and interpret a major league scouting report for hitters. Even Jesus Montero watches closely. Shoppach is also monitoring and keeping track of unforced drops of pitches during bullpens (think Olivo). And when Erasmo Ramirez was throwing his bullpen session, Shoppach noticed as he was catching him, that Ramirez was changing his arm slot slightly on his offspeed pitches. Ramirez corrected the issue and threw pretty well.

The most impressive bullpen was Carter Capps. We are able to stand about 20 feet from the mound to watch. And the velocity on his fastball – even during bullpens – is intimidating. He looked very sharp. Shoppach was quite vocal working with Capps.

“He got Shoppach’s attention early on,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Dave Hansen talked with Jesus Montero for a little while about a few different things going on early in his swing.

Watched a little BP, John Hicks showed some pretty good power. Mike Zunino hit the ball very hard, and was crisp hitting the ball to right-center. Nick Franklin took BP right-handed with a left pitcher on the mound, and he destroyed a couple of balls.

Bullpen group 1

  • Erasmo Ramirez
  • Charlie Furbush
  • Tom Wilhelmsen
  • Joe Saunders
  • Josh Kinney

Bullpen group 2

  • Stephen Pryor
  • Hisashi Iwakuma
  • James Paxton
  • Lucas Luetge
  • Danny Hultzen

Bullpen group 3

  • Yoervis Medina
  • Taijuan Walker 
  • Bobby LaFromboise
  • Carter Capps


Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. jchawks08 says:

    So with Shoppach doing what sounds like quite a bit of on-field coaching, does that mean that the actual coaches aren’t aloud to coach the position players until their actual reporting date?

  2. A lot of times, a respected, veteran player’s input, opinion, and suggestions are received better (especially by younger players) than when the coach has something to say. It is a phenomenon that I have seen from the bigs all the way down to the HS level.

  3. I’ve had to kill the cable due to finances.

    Does anyone know of a FREE (preferably high def or at least standard def) Mariners stream on the net?

  4. has one …. i think it’s about 90 dollars for the whole season

  5. No, he’s just very vocal. The coaches are doing plenty of coaching. But with Ramirez, Shoppach could see him tipping his offspeed pitches while he was catching him. The Mariners have an army of coaches here working with players.

  6. Am I crazy or do we have a mystery Mariner in that third video? I’m counting 5 guys, and you’ve only listed 4.

    And Ryan, is there any concern with Stephen Pryor right now? The first couple pitches he tosses in video 2 look a little strange. I can’t say I’ve seen him throw before, nor am I even remotely an expert, but something doesn’t look right in that motion.

    Thanks for the reporting depth that nobody else is giving us! Go, M’s!

  7. Hmm, I will have to go back and look. I might have missed a guy. Pryor was a little iffy early, but he got much sharper as the bullpen went on. Shoppach made him slow down a little and refocus

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