Spring Training Blog - March 22

Bill Shanks has the latest from spring training.

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Wednesday, March 22 - 7:22 pm

I'm still trying to track down Macay McBride and Blaine Boyer. It might not be until tomorrow morning. But it doesn't sound promising.

Here's the thing about Blaine, and God knows I want him to be ready for the start of the season. Forget that Blaine is a second year player for a minute. If this was a veteran, say a Chris Reitsma, and he had not pitched in a spring training game by March 22nd, would you expect him to be ready for Opening Day? I wouldn't. And for a young pitcher to make it by April 3rd? I just can't see it.

Blaine throws tomorrow in a minor league scrimmage. I'll let you know how he does.

What more does Kyle Davies have to do? I'm so proud of this kid. He was under the gun to come in here and win himself a job, and he did just that. Who knows whether it will be Jorge Sosa or John Thomson to go in a deal, but there's one thing I do know: Davies is in our rotation.

One of the reporters made the comment to Cox after the game that if Davies went down to AAA, it would not be the first time he had to do something like that. Cox just smiled and said, "No comment." Then Cox said he had said all along that Davies was a major league pitcher. He's in folks.

Chris Waters pitched three innings in the AAA game at Lakeland. Waters will be in Mississippi's starting rotation.

Gregor Blanco nailed a runner out at the plate on a one-hop throw.

David Watkins started for Myrtle Beach at Disney. He went three innings and allowed one run on two hits, two walks, and no strikeouts. Tyler Bullock had a rough day, giving up two home runs, one two-run shot and a three-run blast.

Elvis Andrus had a RBI single for Rome.

Interviews coming up in the next few days: John Smoltz, Peter Moylan, Beau Jones, Charlie Morton, Josh Burrus, Chris Vines, and Kyle Cofield.

Next week we're going to have Kike Seda, Skip's dad, down here to act as our interpreter. We're going to interview Elvis and other spanish-speaking kids. We'll try to get Elvis to chat with us. If there's any particular player you'd like us to try and interview, let me know. I'm trying to get players we haven't spoken with in the past.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.

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