John Farrell spoke to a crowd of reporters today, as he tends to do pretty much every day during Spring Training, and fortunately for us, Mike Wilner of the Fan 590 has been kind enough to post the audio of the scrum on his blog.
We know that the manager spoke about using Adeiny Hechavarria as an emergency second baseman, but here are some highlights of the things he said that haven’t been talked about quite as much.
- Like Dustin McGowan a day before– though hardly as impressive a story, seeing as they’re not coming back from years of injury, but their own shittiness– Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek threw very encouraging BP sessions today.
- Farrell had this to say about Drabek, and the interesting methods the club is using to get him to repeat his delivery: “To date he’s taken that early work that he did in the off-season, the early bullpens– I’m sure everybody’s seen the strings that have been put on the mound just as a visual reminder for him. The true test will be once you get into games, and you’re all of the sudden asked to balance the running game, the emotion of the game, all those. That will be more the real limus test of taking all the drill work out to go out and compete.”
- Farrell notes that Drabek won’t be using the strings during live batting practice against live hitters.
- A reporter asks, “if he does get into BP and he’s maintaining the lines, is that the sign that it really is starting to take?” Farrell responds that, in BP, “he’s seeing a hitter, he’s executing all types of pitches that he has. Ultimately it will be the focus on executing pitches, rather than thinking so much about his delivery– that’s a natural progression– but again, it’s first step first, and he’s doing that.” So… I guess that’s good.
- On Adam Lind, from the Key words (one hopes): “right now” file: “We are not looking at a platoon situation at first base. He is our first baseman. When we get into the season and how we monitor his off-days, that’s where Edwin’s play at first base will come into play, but right now Adam Lind is our first baseman.”
- In addition to the news about Adeiny Hechavarria playing second, Farrell says “he just looks stronger.”
- He’s got a “fairly simple swing, but this year there’s a little bit more authority to the swing than there was a year ago. Even meeting with him today– we did his one-on-one meeting with him today– and he just talked about the difference his off-season this year had, compared to last year, leading up to Spring Training.”
- Lastly, asked about Hechavarria’s experience playing second base, Farrell said that “when he was 15 was his last time.” I’m sure he can handle it.