For me, one of the best aspects of spring training is having all of our minor leaguers in one place at the same time. Yesterday I finally had the chance to get away from big league camp and watch our two A-ball games against the Texas Rangers. These are the players that you (and I) don't get to see very often, so I thought I'd try to take some video.
This is my first attempt, so please excuse the different camera angles, the various zooms, and the shoddy editing. Just think Blair Witch.
The first video is Michael Watt, the young left-hander we received from the Dodgers in the Maddux trade last year.
This next video is left-hander Allen Harrington, our 13th round pick in 2007 out of Lamar. Allen pitched well immediately after the draft and was off to a very strong start in 2008 in Ft. Wayne - 58ip, 55 hits, 10 walks, and 53 k's with a 3.59 ERA - before elbow discomfort caused him to miss the rest of the season.
This last pitching video is Anthony Bass, our 5th round pick in the 2008 draft. Anthony put up a 2.10 ERA for Eugene last summer after signing and struck out 41 batters in 34 innings. It's too bad I didn't get him against any right-handed hitters, because that is when he can really use his slider, but I wanted to limit each video to two batters.
I didn't capture much with our hitters for two reasons: 1) I kept trying out different angles to see what might work the best, and 2) Matt Antonelli, Cliff Floyd, and Emil Brown were all hitting every inning to get in some extra work (minor league camp affords such flexibility). However, I did get this quick clip of Logan Forsythe, one of our compensation picks in 2008 and the 46th pick overall. You can't see it (nice angle, Paul), but he's facing Blake Beavan, Texas' #1 pick in 2007 and the 17th pick overall.
As you might be able to tell from the left-fielder's reaction, there wasn't much doubt about this one.
I hope you like the footage.