stopped by sunday's practice too before the women's hoops game.
same sort of practice structure; duplicate drills etc. i left before bp.
shafer puts in extra time bunting like he did saturday. while others were doing the ball toss warm up in the outfield. just watching the toss, i noted i liked one guy's form. turned out to be cody dent.
there wasn't much actual physical baserunning but the coach was lecturing more this time around. going over strategies, i presume w/ each 'fungo' (is that the proper term?)
guys looked better bunting as a whole. even andrades who seemed to struggle a bit yesterday.
the fungo's were a game of pepper in RF, bunting practice and the base running lecture. the groups cycled thru those drills.
guys like the new helmets, btw
C: Fahrman got the bulk of the work today (i think gushue and stypulkowski were in the bullpen w/ the pitchers) didn't see crawford at all, so maybe he was one of the featured pitchers in the scrimmage.
RF: Ramjit, Mitchell, Reid, Dicks?
CF: Dent, Ratliff, Andrades
LF: Bader, Fulton, Shafer...Haskel?
not sure if i caught everyone out there and in the proper field
some crisp fielding, some not so good. a few issues: miscommunication w/ the OF's on which base to throw the ball. not presenting themselves properly as the cut off person, or not aligning well enough. some high throws to 1b and missed throw from C to 2nd. extra work was done before everyone involved got it done right.
some of those issues were in the game situation drills too.
then the pitchers came out for the game situation drills to give them some work along w/ Fahrman at C....and, of course, all the fielders too, naturally.
(outfield pretty much totally different from yesterday's drill)
P - they all rotated a few plays each cycle
line up of about 8 that rotated, each getting a swing. the emphasis was grounders and liners: no fly balls. each cycled thru their at-bats and basically it was one swing, one hit.
Dent had a really good throw in from relatively deep CF that nailed the running coming home. he may have won the starting spot w/ that one!
Dent had a good sliding catch. but botched another (an almost spectacular catch).
Sully yelled at roberson to hit a gapper and he did on cue. they were working on hitting behind runners and stuff like that and almost every one did what was asked of them. i thought that was noteworthy.
then pitchers hits some grounders to various infielders. karsten whiffed on one and immediately handed the bat to Stump. Hanhold, Vinson, and harris did the bulk of the batting.
seems that alot of cross training is being done. even the pitchers were doing some infielding. various P's and C's at various infield positions, too.
meanwhile other coaches were working w/ the outfields having them sprint from a set position to catch lobs over their shoulders at full sprint. they would cycle thru the OF's and then move to another location to repeat. some were high lobs, some more direct, some over left shoulder throws, some over the other shoulder. etc.
seems 2b and ss are locked up.
tobias looks solid again at 3b. dent too (yesterday), but dent was working w/ the outfielders today.
seems like there's some pretty good comraderie. guys helping each other, etc. they're competing too: heard some had some side bets on who would do better at bunting; stuff like that....
beautiful weather this weekend in g'ville for the practices. bit chilly in the morning but by 11 am it was really nice. cloudless blue skies. the Mac ospreys were loving it.