Things have since settled down.
"At first, there throws were everywhere because they were unsettled," Double-A hitting coach Orv Franchuk said. "They are money now."
Rincon, however, had a terrific batting practice. An extremely powerful specimen, Rincon launched several balls out of the yard. He looked locked in and showed off the power that most believe will blossom this season.
Gaski also had the play of the day during a batting practice session. The UNC-Greensboro alumnus ran to his right on a tailing liner and dove for the ball – making the catch to the oohs of everyone.
During one session, he launched one to left and proceeded to hit a liner that took about one second to bounce off the wall in left-center.
Mitch Canham has gone to gloves full-time while he bats. The Oregon State alumnus still feels that going without gloves gives him a better feel at the dish, saying it ‘is an extension of the bat" when he doesn't wear batting gloves. The problem is his hands get dry and a dose of sweat makes the bat slip in his grasp.
The Padres were practicing the particulars of a first and third situation with two outs where the runner from first was attempting to steal second. The goal is to get the out – wherever it is – before the run touches home.
With a runner on the move and Brach on the mound, the second baseman fielded it in front of the bag and fired back home to the catcher as the runner on third broke for home. Brach ran in between home and third and ran into the catcher as he was charging down the line to get the runner headed back to third.
It sounds so simple. Brach's responsibility was to backup the catcher – running on the first base side so he doesn't get caught in the play.
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