Avisail Garcia has received praise from many for his spring showing, but the power display he put on for onlookers in batting practice on Saturday at the back fields was nothing short of astounding. Garcia belted pitch after pitch over the wall, taking one so deep it bounced off a trailer parked well beyond the outfield wall.
Cole Nelson was the starting pitcher in the High A game on Sunday. He showed what would likely be expected out of him; an impressive frame and a live arm, but very inconsistent, struggling with his control and leaving balls out over the plate. He was able to settle down in the latter part of his appearance however, showing the signs of a talented pitcher to watch.
Drew Smyly came on in relief in the High A game on Sunday, and quickly showed why he was worthy of a second round pick. While not the same velocity of Nelson or others, Smyly made quick work of the opposition, throwing lots of strikes, keeping the ball down, and on multiple occasions, making the hitters just look silly in striking them out.
Nick Castellanos, with his former high school team in attendance to watch him on Saturday, did not disappoint. He showed good range and quickness in the field, and everything off his bat was on a line, with three hits and a lineout that was right at the center fielder. West Michigan fans will enjoy watching him this spring.
Josue Carreno made a relief appearance in the Low A game and did well. His game screams power, from the velocity all the way to his standing and demeanor on the mound.