It's Pop-Up Time at Fitch Park

"Live" BP continued at Fitch Park this morning, as Cubs position players faced Cubs pitchers.


Each pitcher threw 30 pitches, and generally speaking (with a couple of exceptions) it's fairly obvious that most of the pitchers are ahead of most of the hitters at this point. Each hitter gets to look at five pitches before rotating out of the cage, and it's unusual if a hitter swings at more than one or two of the five.


The "live" BP session was preceded by infield & outfield fielding practice on Fields 2 & 3 and Pitchers Fielding Practice (PFP) on Fields 1 & 4. Then the team was divided into two squads, with "pop-up drills" on Fields 2 & 3 where the automatic pitching machines were turned upward to produce "sky-high pop-ups." The pitchers would feign a pitch and the ball would go airborne, as the infielders and outfielders would call for the catch ("I got it! I got it! I ain't got it...). Aramis Ramirez dropped at least two. And two of the pop ups that were supposed to remain around home plate went out of play, almost clunking a couple of the spectators waiting to order a drink at the concesion stand on the noggin.


Darwin Barney was the only position player who did not participate in the pre-BP fielding drills, but he did take "live" BP with his group. And Welington Castillo, Koyie Hill, and Geovany Soto did not take "live" BP today, although the three amigos did hit as a group on Field #1 (with a coach throwing BP) after the "live" BP session had concluded. (The six catchers are the busiest guys on the team during "live" BP, catching two pitchers each in a BP session, then warming up a couple more in the bullpen, and finally--if they're lucky--having a chance to hit some "live" BP.


Among the pitchers who threw today, Esmailin Caridad and Robert Coello had the best outings (Coello has really nasty stuff), Kerry Wood, Marcos Mateo, and Alberto Cabrera had control issues (one of KW's pitches ended-up behind Matt Camp), and Tyler Colvin hammered John Grabow.


FIELD #2


PITCHERS 
Carlos Zambrano
John Grabow
Casey Coleman
John Gaub
Rafael Dolis
Alberto Cabrera


CATCHERS
Steve Clevenger (Zambrano & Grabow)
Koyie Hill (Coleman & Gaub)
Chris Robinson (Dolis & Cabrera)


GROUP 1 HITTERS (vs Zambrano & Grabow)
Marlon Byrd
Tyler Colvin
Aramis Ramirez
Chris Robinson
Alfonso Soriano


GROUP 2 HITTERS (vs Coleman & Gaub)
Steve Clevenger
Reed Johnson
Bobby Scales
Josh Vitters


GROUP 3 HITTERS (vs Dolis & Cabrera)
Jim Adduci
Starlin Castro
Blake DeWitt
Scott Moore
Carlos Pena


FIELD #3


PITCHERS
Matt Garza
Kerry Wood
Marcos Mateo
Esmailin Caridad
Justin Berg
Robert Coello


CATCHERS
Max Ramirez (Garza & Wood)
Geovany Soto (Mateo & Caridad)
Welington Castillo (Berg & Coello)


GROUP 1 HITTERS (vs Garza & Wood)
Matt Camp
Brett Jackson
Marquez Smith


GROUP 2 HITTERS (vs Mateo & Caridad)
Kosuke Fukudome
Bryan Lahair
Lou Montanez
Fernando Perez (batting LH vs the two RHP)
Brad Snyder


GROUP 3 HITTERS (vs Berg & Coello)
Jeff Baker
Darwin Barney
Augie Ojeda
Max Ramirez

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Comments

Thanks as always for the info. Coello sounds worth the trade, then? Haven't seen Trey McNutt listed as throwing any BP yet.

Submitted by tim815 on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 4:59pm.
Thanks as always for the info. Coello sounds worth the trade, then? Haven't seen Trey McNutt listed as throwing any BP yet.

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TIM815: Both Gary Hughes and Oneri Fleita came over to Field #3 to watch Robert Coello throw. (And anytime Gary Hughes gets out of his golf cart and walks to the back of the batting cage it's a noteworthy event).

Rafael Dolis and Alberto Cabrera threw their first "live" BP sessions today, so other than Angel Guzman (who is rehabbing from 2010 shoulder surgery), Trey McNutt is the only pitcher in camp who has yet to throw "live" BP. Everybody else has thrown at least once (most have thrown twice), throwing either every-other day or every-third day (depending on the pitcher). So therefore I guess we can expect Wells, Cashner, Wellemeyer, Diamond, and J. Jackson to throw tomorrow (Thursday) because each last threw on Monday, plus six or seven of the 12 who threw on Tuesday (six if Trey McNutt throws tomorrow, seven if he doesn't).

"LIVE" BP

SUNDAY 2/20:
Ryan Dempster
Carlos Zambrano
Matt Garza
Carlos Marmol
John Grabow
Jeff Samardzija
Kyle Smit
Jeff Stevens
Sean Marshall
James Russell
Scott Maine
Scott Rice

MONDAY 2/21:
Randy Wells
Andrew Cashner
Kerry Wood
Todd Wellemeyer
Robert Coello
Casey Coleman
Marcos Mateo
Thomas Diamond
Esmailin Caridad
Justin Berg
John Gaub
Jay Jackson

TUESDAY 2/22:
Ryan Dempster
Braden Looper
Carlos Silva
James Russell
Carlos Marmol
Jeff Samardzija
Sean Marshall
Jeff Stevens
Scott Maine
Chris Carpenter
Scott Rice
Kyle Smit

WEDNESDAY 2/23:
Carlos Zambrano
Matt Garza
Kerry Wood
John Grabow
Marcos Mateo
Casey Coleman
Esmailin Caridad
John Gaub
Justin Berg
Robert Coello
Rafael Dolis
Alberto Cabrera

With the news from St. Louis camp today, I'm hyper paranoid if someone isn't pitching yet. Hopefully nothing's wrong with Trey.

AZ Phil,

Is there anything that camp traditions can tell us about the formations of these hitting groups. It looks like vets are with vets and maybe one prospect. Then, there's a group of prospects. I am sure there is nothing really to it, just curious.

Hey, David Kaplan said the Shark was throwing hard yesterday, and that he is strictly a reliever this season. I think that's the right call. Let him throw two pitches from the stretch.

re Samardzija...

Preferably in Iowa.

Submitted by Childersb3 on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 6:15pm.
AZ Phil,

Is there anything that camp traditions can tell us about the formations of these hitting groups. It looks like vets are with vets and maybe one prospect. Then, there's a group of prospects. I am sure there is nothing really to it, just curious.

Hey, David Kaplan said the Shark was throwing hard yesterday, and that he is strictly a reliever this season. I think that's the right call. Let him throw two pitches from the stretch.

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CHILDERS: The only common link for the hitting groups seems to be that the infielders tend to hit in the same groups, and the outfielders tend to hit in the same groups (with a few exceptions). The catchers hit whenever they can, but they always hit in two groups (with a coach throwing BP) on Fields 1 & 2 after "live" BP.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that Samardzija was getting a lot of ground balls (all weak ones). He looked good.

I did a head count in the middle of today's work-out (about 11:30), and there were 316 fans at Fitch Park at that time. Today's attendance was definitely the largest crowd so far.

What was the average age?

Reds excited about Wainwright's injury

http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/...

Of course Dusty couldn't let it just go by-

"Told that he had elbow issues, Baker smiled shyly and said, “Who are they going to blame for that one?” Baker, of course, is forever being accused (wrongfully) of ruining pitchers’ arms with overuse or misuse."

What open celebration of someone's injury. Aren't you supposed to hide that sort of glee? Jeez O' Pete.

Also, get over it, Dusty.

Jonny Gomes was singing the virtues of Waino's injury. Punk.

Word. I blame Dusty's mentorship and also Michael Barrett.

regarding the Dusty bomb...I wonder if he found Moises Alou's secret stash that was used as a salve for Moises feet, considering we all know what he used on his hands.

heard a story told by Dempster that someone used a poopy diaper and hid it in the back of Fontenot's locker, Piniella walks buy and says (paraphrasing) "son, get your jock strap out of the locker and put it in the laundry"

My guess the mad pooper is Wood.

Lol..Wainwright of course has pitched 4 full seasons in the Majors.....Yeah, that's just like Wood and Prior.

also Bruce Levine (in his online chat today) just won't let it go either:

Bruce,Any chance the Cubs are going to add a bench player with some pop before spring training breaks? They seem to be pretty lacking in that department; a guy who can come in a give you a clutch extra base hit from time to time. Thanks.

Bruce Levine (1:15 PM)

I'm with you,and Orlando Cabrera can be the right guy. He signed a 1M contract with the Indians. However, the Indians may part with him in the right deal. Right now, the Cubs don't have any money.

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chicago/chat/...

Haha!

He has a hard on for Cabrera.

Since when does Orlando Cabrera have pop? Isn't Fukudome (or Colvin on the days that Fukudome starts) going to be the pop off of the bench?

Or for that matter, Jeff Baker... if Orlando Cabrera has pop, than Koyie Hill probably does as well.

sky high popups with a pitching machine...neat.

i guess burning out your retinas is part of the cubs spring training.

yanks release andy "check me out in my pool" sisco

"check me out in my pool"

story?

I was going to ask too

after his KC stint he ended up with the WSox where there was a story about how he lost a lot of weight and was in great shape and ready to rule the world...the pic attached to the article was him on a floatie chilling in his pool.

But 90% of the ice berg is under the water!

Lucroy down for at least 4 weeks.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2011/news...

Cubs had better mind that fast start opportunity. Either that, or shit the bed against PIT and ARZ.

Koyie Hill, welcome to the Brewers.

Not for him missing maybe the first two weeks of the season.

Our team MVP?!?!!!

"St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire season."

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-card...

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