The old saying goes that a picture is worth one thousand words.
If that is the case, then what are one thousand pictures worth?
That is the approximate number of photographs I took this week at St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida. I included about two dozen of them in my daily reports, which by the way, were about seven thousand words in total.
I received very positive feedback about the images so I decided to share more of them.
The reality is that I take this many photos at every game I attend. As you can imagine, 99 percent of them never reach the web. If responses continue to be positive, I will try to do more of these in the future, though.
In my initial review, I singled out over 50 photos from instructs. However, because of the preparation work necessary for each, I am splitting this into three segments, presenting the photos pretty much in the order they were taken.
By the way, I am not repeating any of the earlier photos here. In case you missed the daily camp reports, here are the links to them.
I will include a few words about each photo underneath them.
The morning stretch is an important part of every day – whether in camp or during the regular season.
Derian Gonzalez getting in his bullpen session.
TCN’s State College Starting Pitcher of the Year Steven Farinaro also took his side work seriously.
Speaking of first-rounder Perez, the tall and slender shortstop completes an acrobatic move in the field.
Already solid defensively, Chris Chinea works to get even better at first base with coaches Jose Oquendo and Oliver Marmol.
Starlin Balbuena pulls a ball off the third-base line.
Brady Whalen is the other third baseman in camp, with a tall and thin build.
With the wealth of other shortstops in the system, do not lose sight of Jose Martinez. Remember, this one is Jose Alexander Martinez, acquired from Kansas City for Tony Cruz last winter and who finished the season with Peoria. The other is Jose Alberto Martinez, an outfielder also picked up from the Royals, now with St. Louis. Perez looks on.
Minor league pitching coordinator Tim Leveque discusses plans with Sandy Alcantara.
Cody Gabella is a young coach to watch in the system. A new hire for 2016, the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals was given the manager role for the White team in instructional league. (Outfielder Randy Arozarena is in the foreground.)
Another Cuban, Jonatan Machado, has a ready smile. Here he shares a laugh with Palm Beach manager Marmol.
Fifth-round signee this June, outfielder Walker Robbins runs the bases.
Farm director Gary LaRocque surveys the proceedings.
Center fielder Machado smoothly tracks down a fly ball.
Maybe the high socks contribute to the look, but outfielder Vince Jackson is tall and rangy, yet can play in center. Wondering if can be there more power there if he fills out.
What is next
Check back for Parts 2 and 3 of this photo series plus interviews with coordinators and coaches from St. Louis Cardinals instructional league camp.
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