Right-hander Drew Miller was focused on throwing the ball down in the zone during his time on the hill.
Miller is pleased with the progress of his pitches and has more or less abandoned the four-seam fastball in favor of the two-seamer.
He is also happy to report that his changeup has progressed to the point where he has confidence in it. Miller felt many of the homers he surrendered last season came off changeups left up in the zone. His goal is to miss down this season.
Also of note, Oyervidez has been told he will move to the pen this year, and he acknowledged that he can go full bore after a hitter – taking as many pitches as necessary into each game and choosing the pitches that are performing well. According to one of the catchers on hand, Oyervidez looked fantastic in his live batting practice session.
The Mexican native has a tendency to sling the ball when his hands are further away from his body at the set position. Pitching coach Dave Rajsich moved his hands closer and it instantly altered his mechanics and made him more of an over the top pitcher that many are accustomed to.
Something so small makes it evident how easy it is for mechanics to be thrown off-kilter.
His fastball has definitive pop and good late life. While radar guns are not present in Padres spring training, he was popping the mitt in the low-90s and there is room for more.
Pelzer's main goal this spring has been to shelve the splitter in favor of the changeup. The progress has been slow, but Pelzer remains committed to the new pitch. He did note that the splitter will remain in his repertoire, since he was unsure how the changeup would play when games begin.
Doug Dascenzo was immediately in his ear.
"You still have to know your responsibilities," Dascenzo yelled at Stokes, noting that his responsibility was to cover second because you never know if the player will miss the ball or what else is happening on the field.
Right-hander Jackson Quezada has slimmed down. He lost close to 15 pounds and appears to be in great shape.
Catcher Clint Naylor appears to have put on 15 pounds and looks sturdier than in the past.
Left-hander Kyle Stutes has abandoned the use of his four-seamer in favor of a two-seamer.
Infielder Murray Hopley is on the field and expects to play through spring. He has been hampered by injuries that last few years.
Newcomer Tony Cogan threw well during his batting practice session, as he tries to make one of the higher level clubs.
Varo is excited about the Padres presence in Latin America.
"I was with Oakland for 12 years at the height of its program when we saw guys like Miguel Tejada," Lantigua said. "Oakland had 16 players make the majors. I think the Padres will have more. We have more tools today than ever before and the game has changed."
Varo again pointed out Rymer Liriano and Jose De Paula as players to watch in the coming years.
The Padres will also attempt to bring out the best in Carlos Montero – a player that has incredible tools and power but lacks baseball acumen. He is a player they would love to see blossom and will try different techniques to bring out that talent consistently.
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