It was a cold, wet, windy day in Arizona. And by cold, I mean 65 degrees...but once you're here for a while, 65 feels downright brisk.
The game ended after 9 innings with the score tied 4-4 as things really started to cool down and the rain began to fall a little harder. Here is the box score link.
Here are some of the highlights of today and some quick reports on the pitchers...
- Brett Anderson did pretty much what we expected him to do. He pitched at 89-91 with good sink and mixed in an excellent change that kept hitters off balance. We know he can pitch very well in short stints, the key for him is durability.
- Seth Frankoff was solid. He pitched in the 90-92 range, kept the ball down and changed speeds very well. He kept the Sox off balance for most of his outing, but seemed to lose his rhythm a bit late in the 3rd.
- Pierce Johnson may have been the most impressive pitcher of the day. He worked at 93-94 and topped out at 95. He threw that power curve (or slider) that was in the low 80s. One of them got star prospect Yoan Moncada looking.
- Brad Markey had a tough outing. He was at 92-95 mph and threw one real nice curve at 77 mph, but he was getting squared up pretty well on this day.
- Dylan Floro was another pitcher in the 89-91 mph range. He showed great control, kept the ball down, and got the Sox hitters to hit the ball on the ground. His performance didn't look a whole lot different from starter Anderson's outing, but a thin frame and some effort in his delivery likely make him an RP.
- Jhondaniel Medina was at 92-94 mph but more importantly threw strikes and kept the ball down. He made quick work of the White Sox in his one inning of work.
- Daury Torrez velo was down in the 90-91 range and he got hit a little and ended up giving up the tying run. Last spring I saw him in the mid 90s, though part of his velo issues may have been due to the cold. The drop surprised me because Torrez looks like he has filled out a bit, but I wonder if he lost some of the looseness he had in the past.
- Juan Carlos Paniagua mixed at 93-95 mph FB with a CB in the upper 70s in his scoreless inning.
- Addison Russell hit a long HR that was either deep onto the LF berm or cleared it...I lost track. Wherever it landed, it had to be the longest, hardest HR I have seen so far this spring.
- Willson Contreras hit a HR as well, just clearing the LF wall to make it 2-0.
- Chesny Young had a huge two out hit after a fantastic AB in which he worked the count full, fouled off a couple of pitches and then hit a line rive up the middle to tie the game with a two run single.
- Jemile Weeks made the play of the day, leaping high into the air to snag a Taylor Davis throw and then swooping down to make the tag -- ala Javy Baez -- to catch a runner stealing. Unfortunately Weeks was hurt on the play -- worrisome because he is coming off a major leg injury, but he did walk off under his own power, He left the game and his status is unknown as of this writing.
- Jeimer Candelario made a nice play on a slow roller to 3B and then almost made a better one on a chopper only to see the runner just barely beat it out.
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