MadFriars' Spring Training 2014: Day 2

The AA and AAA teams were in action in Peoria today, albeit without many of the players that will be in El Paso who are still in major league camp.

Two perennial MadFriars' favorites looked good on the field today. Cody Decker, who has been making a very effective transition to catcher, had a stand-up triple and a walk. In the big league camp he hit .300 in 10 at-bats and has looked good behind the plate.

Several pitchers complimented Decker on his improvement from last year particularly in his ability to frame pitches. Decker was second in the organization in home runs last season with 17 and had a .381 on-base percentage in AAA Tucson. He can catch, play first and both of the corner outfield spots. If he continues to hit in El Paso he will be a candidate for a call-up to the major league team.

RF Dan Robertson looked like, well Dan Robertson. He played a flawless outfield, hit a pair of doubles and scored twice. Robertson is an intelligent player with the ability to play all three outfield positions and one day is going to get a shot somewhere.

And yes, I am biased. I like both Cody and Dan personally. But that doesn't negate that fact that both of them can play too.


RHP Johnny Barbato will be headed to the bullpen this year again in San Antonio after an experiment in starting last year in Lake Elsinore. Today he was throwing between 92 to 95 MPH but wasn't quite as sharp with his command as he would like. Still he has a good size and appears to be a very solid 225 to 230 lbs. and throws a very heavy fastball.


Former big league outfielder Jason Lane opened the game on the mound today and didn't look bad, touching 89 MPH. The left-hander had his last at-bat in the major leagues in 2007 and has been pitching in the minor leagues since 2009. He should make the bullpen of the El Paso squad.


SS Jace Peterson also looked good today with a sharp single for a 1-3 day along several nice plays in the field. Peterson, a former multi-sport star at McNeese State, has vastly improved his defensive reads every year since joining the organization in 2011.

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