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