Rick Peterson Opens Mini-Camp

While the New York area suffered through another thirty degree day and braced for the possibility of another winter storm system, The Mets opened their January Mini Camp today under beautiful clear 80 degree Florida sunshine.

New pitching guru Rick Peterson started camp by indoctrinating a couple dozen of the Mets top minor league pitchers to his new system. After a series of morning meetings and physical workouts, the Mets pitchers lined up on one of the training facility fields and walked through a number of drills designed to teach their bodies specific motions and balance through repetition.

While there were a few awkward moments, particularly in a drill where the pitchers were asked to maintain their balance in mid leg kick with their eyes closed, the young Mets pitchers seemed eager to adopt the new system and all seemed to approach the drills pretty seriously.

Peterson mentioned after practice that players would not likely be asked to visit the Birmingham lab until just before spring training as it is more useful if the pitchers are in closer to optimum physical condition when they go through the measuring process.

Scott Kazmir showed up weighing in at 6'1" 185 as he continues to dispel concerns about his size.

Chase Lambin added a lot of upper body strength during the off season and Aaron Baldiris looked to be a good 10-15 lbs lighter than when he was here in the fall for Instructional League.

The first two days of Mini Camp are focused on the Mets minor league players, with the Major Leaguers scheduled to report later in the week.

The first day was mostly about shaking off the rust and regenerating a little sun pigment, particularly for players who winter in the northern parts of the country.

PHOTOS: Wright, Teufel, Bladergoen, Strayhorn, Lambin, Bladergroen, Milledge, Malek, Johnson, Milledge, Johnson, R. Peterson, McGinley, M. Peterson, Kazmir(3), Musser, R. Peterson, Milledge, Baldiris, M. Peterson, Kazmir, Bladergroen, Davidson, Kazmir, Bladergoren, Lambin, Baldiris(2), Davidson, Milledge, La Roque, Bladergoen(2), Davidson, Strayhorn, Hawk, R. Peterson(2), Baldiris, Wright(2), Lambin(2), McIntyre, R. Peterson, Davidson/Malek, Johnson, Milledge.

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