The Baylor Bears baseball team took the field at Baylor Ballpark late this afternoon. The sky was overcast and shortly after the drills started, a light sprinkle began to fall. However, the Bears still got in a decent amount of work.
The Baylor Bears reached the NCAA Regionals last year after reaching the College World Series the year before. Perhaps the biggest challenge for Steve Smith and the Baylor Bear coaching staff will be to replace the talented players that left to play professional baseball.
The 1st day of Fall practice saw plenty of stretching and warming up. The players finished with long toss, and immediately ran do their "stations" on the field where they spoke with coaches before beginning the first drill. One thing you did not see at practice was guys standing around. Drills were run at a fast pace, and players ran to where they needed to be.
The outfielders worked on some basic but important things this afternoon. Fielding a ground ball in the outfield squarely, and then taking one step and firing the ball to a stationary target was the drill they worked on the most. The player to watch here is Paul Miles. He did not see much playing time last year as he watched a very talented group of outfielders perform well in front of him. But he looks stronger and quicker, and is looking to make a difference.
The 1st Basemen initially worked on short hop throws and digging balls on the hop. Infielders initially worked on routine ground balls with no throws. Soon, the action got underway, and it was quite a drill. Two sides of the plate, batters would take soft tosses and hit to infielders. The batters, separated by a partition, would call out which position they would be hitting to. The batter on the 1st base side of the plate would hit to the 2nd Baseman and 1st Baseman, while the batter on the 3rd Base side would hit to the shortstop and the 3rd Baseman. It is no surprise that shortstop Beamer Weems stopped everything that came his way cleanly. He displayed fantastic glovework, and better quickness to get to balls hit in the hole. He received plenty of praise from the coaches. On the other side Tim Jackson worked at first base and made a couple of highlight reel stops. One diving to his right to snag a sharply hit ball, and the other making a nice leaping grap on a sharp line drive.
Although it is only the first practice of the fall, the Baylor Bears baseball team looks sharp. Keep it tuned to BearsIllustrated.com for continuing coverage of Baylor Bears baseball.
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