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Discussion in 'GatorGrowl's Diamond Gators' started by Matherly87, Oct 9, 2022.

  1. Matherly87

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    Here's my notes from day one. I'll try to break them up as the day went in several posts. As the players started fielding practice these are the primary players that warmed up at each position.

    1B Caglianone and Riopelle
    2B Thomas and Kurland
    SS Rivera and Fabian
    3B Halter and Shelnut
    C Riopelle, Heyman, Lastres, Alvarez
    RF Evans and Schiekofer
    CF Langford and Robertson
    LF Prevask and Talbott

    Notes about warmup....
    Thomas showing good range and an accurate arm at 2nd.
    Caglianone shows soft hands fielding grounders.
    Overall not many errors. I was glad to see two coaches hitting ground balls one after another to each side of the infield to get twice as many opportunities in a short amount of time.

    HRs I saw during batting practice....
    Lastres (2), Riopelle, Prevask, Evans, Caglianone (2)
    Probably were a few others but my eyes struggle before dark sets in.
     
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  2. Matherly87

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    The scrimmage was started in the 4th inning and the squads went the full six innings. Each pitcher went two innings.

    Orange fielders
    1B Lastres
    2B Kurland
    SS Rivera
    3B Halter
    C Heyman
    RF Schiekofer
    CF Langford
    LF Prevask
    P Sproat top speed 97 mph, went 2 innings. Picked up where he left off last year and showing signs of controlling his breaking ball.
    P Tejeda enters in the 6th top speed 94 mph went two innings
    P Fisher enters in 8th shows good control
    Other changes made in the 8th - 25 to lf, 28 to 1b, 9 to C, 43 to rf

    Blue fielders
    1B Caglianone
    2B Thomas
    SS Fabian
    3B Shelnut
    C Riopelle
    RF Evans
    CF Robertson
    LF Talbott
    P Waldrep went two innings, top speed 96 mph. Had control issues with his breaking ball in the 1st, better in the 2nd. Gave up a HR.
    P Clemente enters in 6th, top speed 95 mph, control issues in 6th much better in 7th and made some bats miss.
    P Purnell enters in 8th, reminded me of last year, really good against some hitters and not so good against others. Gave up a HR.
     
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  3. Matherly87

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    Blue batted first.

    Blue Batters
    Robertson
    Evans
    Caglianone
    Riopelle
    Thomas
    Fabian
    Shelnut
    Talbott
    Arroyo DH

    Orange Batters
    Langford
    Kurland
    Halter
    Rivera
    Heyman
    Prevask
    Schiekofer
    Alvarez
    Blair DH
     
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    Here's an inning by inning summary with my apologies to @Gatorgal04

    Top of the 4th - Blue Up - Sproat pitching for Orange
    Robertson - K
    Evans - K
    Caglianone - FO
    note - Sproat really looks good, locating most of his pitches, regularly hitting 96-97 mph, changing speeds, and in control of his breaking balls.

    Bottom of the 4th - Orange Up - Waldrep pitching for Blue
    Langford - FO
    Kurland - oppo HR to right (yes people in his first at bat as an early enrollee wearing number 4 of all numbers) Orange leads 1-0
    note - stop and think of the last player we had enroll early that wore number 4, hint his brother is still on the team
    Halter - FO
    Rivera - K
    note - Waldrep soeed was 94-96, was only in control of his fastball and Langford hit it on the screws but right at CF, Kurland made him pay
     
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    Top of the 5th - Blue Up - Sproat pitching
    Riopelle - single to RF
    Thomas - single to CF
    Fabian - W
    Shelnut - sac fly RBI to CF - Score is now 1-1
    Talbott - K
    Arroyo - K
    note - Sproat had bases loaded with no outs and only gave up a run. The two hits were hard ground balls to the holes. Sproat finished his 2 innings with 4 strikeouts facing 9 batters, giving up two hits and one run.

    Bottom of the 5th = Orange Up - Waldrep pitching
    Heyman - FO
    Prevask - single to CF
    Schiekoker - E5 (bad throw by third basemen Shelnut ball in dugout) runners 2nd and 3rd
    Alvarez - K
    Blair (DH) - GO
    note - Waldrep with a few good breaking balls that surprised a few batters. In two innings he gave up a HR on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts facing 9 batters.
     
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    Top of the 6th - Blue Up - Tejeda enters to pitch
    Robertson - W
    Evans - FO
    Caglianone - GO
    Riopelle - single to RF
    Thomas - FO
    note - very good start for the freshman P Tejeda topping out at 94 mph with better than expected command

    Bottom of the 6th - Orange Up - Clemente in to pitch
    Langford - LO
    Kurland - K
    Halter - FO
    note - 3 up 3 down for the freshman P Clemente hits 95 mph and a nice round of applause from the crowd (yes crowd of several 100 for fall ball practice)
     
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    Top of the 7th - Blue Up - Tejeda pitching
    Fabian - GO
    Shelnut - W
    Talbott - FO
    Arroyo - single to RF
    Robertson - GO called by base coach to much displeasure of the crowd, video was not reviewed
    note - nice job by Tejeda gave up two walks, two hits and no runs

    Bottom of the 7th - Orange Up - Clemente pitching
    Rivera - K
    Heyman - single to LF
    Prevask - K
    Schiekofer - K
    note - Clemente making many bats miss this inning. Leaves with 4 strikeouts only 1 hit in two innings. I really like this guy, good control on a variety of pitches, ball breaks hard close to plate. Topped out at 95 mph. Can't wait to see his first start.
     
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    Top of the 8th - Blue Up - Fisher enters to pitch
    (fielders get shuffled Schiekofer to LF, Heyman to 1B, Alvarez to C, Prevask to RF)
    Evans - GO
    Caglianone - singles to third against the shift (yes everyone I said a player went oppo against the shift and practically walked to first)
    Riopelle - K
    Thomas - W
    Fabian - K

    Bottom of the 8th - Orange Up - Purnell in to pitch
    Blair - W (Alvarez was getting out of his gear)
    Alvarez - hit into double play
    Langford - HR to deep left center ( I waved bye before the ball got to its apex) Score is now 2-1 orange
    Kurland - K
    note - Purnell giving some guys problems and others he serves up the long ball
     
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    Top of the 9th - Blue Up - Fisher pitching
    Shelnut - GO
    Talbott - single to RF
    Arroyo - GO
    Robertson - K
    note - Fisher looked good didn't give up a run with decent control on 3 strikeouts

    Bottom of the 9th - Orange Up - Purnell pitching
    Halter - K
    Rivera - FO
    Heyman - GO

    Orange wins 2-1 on 2 HRs.
     
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    Excellent Report! Thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the detailed information. Interested to see how this plays out.
     
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    Outstanding report Matt-- thanks. Based on scouting reports, I had circled Tejeda as solid contributor this season- he is a two-way player with serious batting creds ala Cags. Seems like several of the new guys may be ready to push the 2d and 3rd year players hard for PT.
     
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    Absolutely first rate, Matherly.

    Frosh Curland hits a home run on his first at bat in Fall Practice...Had a rep in HS as being a power hitter. Love it.

    Tejada pitching. Didn't expect that. Thought this 6-7 215 guy would be a first baseman. Now he's showing to be a dual threat like Caglianone.

    Frosh Cade Fisher, 6-4 lefty from Georgia, showing nicely. Known for having good control.
     
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    Thanks so much, @Matherly87 - no apologies necessary. I’ll be there Tuesday.
     
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    I must say I was a bit surprised by Tejeda. I knew he was a good pitching in HS but he showed good poise on the mound and battled thru his two innings. I wouldn't be surprised if they have him focus more on his pitching this year with all the fielding positions so well covered this year.
     
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    Since Tejeda was pitching yesterday he was not in any fielding rotation. That may change in the next few practices. It will be interesting to see if Riopelle or Lastres still still see time backing up first or does Tejeda get his turn at first and as a batter. Either way Yoel has plenty of opportunity as a Gator. The true test will be on Tuesday when Caglianone is pitching leaving first base open for the backups.
     
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    Thanks I'll be very interested in your report finding out who is playing left field, first base, and how Caglianone looks on the mound.
     
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    Also forgot this strange surprise. After getting two hits to start his day, In the 8th, Riopelle watched a called third strike that was probably a bit outside. He was not pleased with the umpire's call and continually let him know as he slowly walked back to the visitor's dugout. The umpire had enough of it and took his mask off and stared to the home dugout presumably right at Sully. The look of the umpire was do you want me to throw this guy out or are you going to do something about it. It struck me odd that a senior player at a fall ball practice would be giving the ump some lip over a called third strike. Maybe you like Riopelle taking a stand no matter what kind of baseball it is but I had to chuckle if he really was that serious about practice.
     
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    I thought he did well, 2k's, 1bb and only hit he gave up was to one of Nations top hitter. overcritical?
     
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    It was also because he walked a guy and seemed to struggle with his other pitches. He mainly was pitching fastballs inside. The 9th inning was a non issue because the Orange already knew they had the 2-1 win but they batted anyway to get Purnell another inning in. Players had been shuffled around in the field so it seemed they were going thru the motions on both sides.