I went to the intra-squad game yesterday (11/13) and I'd like to post a few notes.
I watched five innings worth when I had to leave, but some things impressed me.
It is VERY obvious that Kyle Bellows is a special player at 3rd base.
I sat over on the third base side and he has a an excellent arm to go along with a good glove.
At bat he was 3 for 3 with a HR. Who will bat in front and in back of him is still open to question. The home run was nice but his second at bat (a single) was a thing of beauty.
Got to 0 and 2 and fought back with a lot of fouls before getting a pitch he could hit which he did.
You should come out just to watch him if nothing else.
Corey Valine is going to be a force but at what position?
I think DH; maybe first. Even his outs were spanked.
A little more patience maybe.
David Amberson (JC transfer) hit a HR as well.
I was watching the frosh mostly. Luke Mazzanti, from Folsom HS, got spanked a bit but showed he can throw strikes. Needs to develop arm strength and an assortment of pitches (hmm, that goes for all pitchers).
I was most impressed with Ryan Vander Tuig (out of Oakdale HS). A big (6'6") kid who overpowered a few batters. A keeper.
All these kids are battling for playing time and Coach Piraro was watching.
So, this wasn't just a practice with nothing riding.
More to come. . . soon!
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