Spring Training Update, March 21st
Good evening from Peoria!
Today is the final day in paradise before heading back to Jackson (the real world) tomorrow morning. The flight departs at 6:25 a.m. this morning. I’m expecting to see a little snow one the ground when we land in Nashville.
Today was spent mostly shooting promos that will appear on the Generals’ video board during the season. Also I collected radio promos and liners from Mariners players. Ended up walking over to the backfields to watch some minor league games as too.
With it being the first day of the NCAA tournament, most of the attention in the Mariners complex was focused on the madness. If you didn’t see it on the Mariners official blog the other day, there is a huge bracket in the Mariners clubhouse. There is a Mariners staffer or player assigned to each team.
It was hard to focus on working from 12-2 p.m. while my Memphis Tigers were playing. (By the way Dustin Ackley has them in the pool) But, while recording promos with players Brendon Ryan kept me posted on the score every time I stepped back inside.
On the minor league side
The AAA and AA clubs were on the road in Surprise at the Rangers and the A- and A+ clubs were at home against the Rangers.
In the AAA game Tacoma lost to Round 3-1.
Tacoma had to face potential Rangers opening day starter Matt Harrison Thursday, who was getting some work in on the back fields. In 6.0 IP he allowed just 3 hits and struck out 9.
For Tacoma, Chance Ruffin (90-92) gave up single runs in the 2nd and 4th on a SAC fly and 2-out RBI. Stephen Kohlscheen tossed 2.0 shutout innings after Ruffin. Yoervis Medina (94-95) worked a scoreless inning and Jonathan Arias (92-95) allowed a run in 2.0 innings.
James Jones was 1-for-3 and Vinnie Catricala was 1-for-2.
Jackson beat Frisco 6-4 and it looked like Jack Marder and Ji-Man Choi and nice games, but I don’t have their stats.
On that back fields in Peoria, Oliver Perez, Lucas Luetge and Carter Capps got some work in for the High Desert squad. Tyler Pike, the 19-year-old 3rd round pick last season pitched at the end.
Perez 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K – 34 pitches (89-93)
Luetge 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 16 pitches (89-91)
Capps 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – 13 pitches (93-97)
Pike 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – 37 pitches (86-91)
Thursday night the Mariners optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Tacoma and re-assigned P Carson Smith and INF Nick Franklin to minor league camp. That leaves the Mariners major league roster at 34 players. Many, many tough decisions still to come.
Lots of Audio and Video Production
It was great catching up with several former Generals and getting them to read promos for our video board and radio. Guys that participated included Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Tom Wilhelmsen, Brandon Maurer, Danny Hultzen and Stephen Pryor. Guys such as Justin Smoak, Brendon Ryan, Michael Morse, Blake Beaven and even voice of the Mariners Rick Rizzs cut some promos. After being around Rizzs for the last few days, I am just blown away with how good he is at what he does. Plus he has a voice from God.
Growing up a St. Louis Cardinals fan, seeing the Clydesdales was always a thrill. They were at the Peoria Sports Complex tonight.
I think this Clydesdale above is hearing these lyrics in his head…I took my love and I took it down I climbed a mountain and I turned around And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills ‘Till the landslide brought me down…No horse, I’m not your long lost trainer…
Quote of the Day
While recording a promo about upcoming promotions at the ballpark Brandon Maurer was struggling a bit. He said “Dang it, I’m better than this” That’s the only thing Maurer has struggled with this spring. There will definitely be an outtakes reel from today’s recording session. Our video whiz kid back in Jackson Bradley Field will have a blast with it.
With this being my final dayin Arizona I want to publicly thank the Mariners for their gracious hospitality. Everyone in the organization has been fantastic. We are truly fortunate to be a part of such a great organization.