With the Indians out of town in Tampa, the minor leaguers dominated the practice fields and attention from the few fans in attendance. Obviously, with the big crowd attractions from the major league camp playing in Tampa and no game scheduled in Winter Haven, there were only a handful of fans present.
However, for avid minor league followers such as me, it was heaven.
Minor league camp started late last week, and minor leaguers were all over the place in filling six practice fields. Prospects from every level of the organization littered the spring training complex, as players bustled about to get from field to field to take part in various activites. On one field you had pitchers working on pick off moves to first base while other players played pepper in the outfield, and then on another field you had players taking live batting practice with other players working on running from second to home on the hit. And, on the remaining fields, there were various activities that players took part in such as working on getting good secondary leads at second base and positioning in the infield.
Here are some random shots of the action from camp Sunday.
Indians outfield prospect Jordan Brown (#30) hanging around the cages:
Indians outfield prospect John Drennen (#26) gets ready to take some swings and hustles to the next field:
Various shots of the players going through drills on each field:
Random players hanging around the cages:
Jose Constanza (#20) and Brian Finegan (#12) chatting it up in the outfield while shagging balls:
Brian Barton (#28) taking instruction and in action:
Brian Barton and Ryan Mulhern (#24):
Practice started at 9:45 am with the minor leaguers stretching:
2006 Carolina League MVP Jordan Brown (#30) took some swings in the cage:
Newcomer Matt McBride (#7), one of the Indians top catching prospects takes some swings:
I'll be in camp through Friday this week, so if you have any suggestions or ideas, please pass them along to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I’m off to Disney with the family today (Monday), but I have a nice Q&A with The Hardball Times Jeff Sackmann that will post tomorrow (Tuesday). I’ll be back at the fields on Tuesday and through the rest of the week, with more reports starting up on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday I plan to take in the morning minor league practices, then attend the Mets/Indians game at 1:05pm, and will also take in the Mike Trivisonno Show on WTAM 1100 which will be aired live from Beef 'O' Brady’s from 3-7pm.