1st Spring Practice
January 16, 2005
Notes from practice (pictures below):
It was a beautiful day at the park today, with
highs in the upper 50's, with a chilling wind of
10-15 blowing in from the North. They
didn't have a game today, just position drills,
fielding practice, and then an offensive
rotation of pitcher vs. batter. Practice
was very sharp, with only a few minor misses,
here and there. Pitchers had the advantage
over the hitters, with a few exceptions.
Owings and Bogusevic lead the hitters, with
Hamilton the only one to hit a home run.
Each pitcher, with the exception of Porlier,
faced only 1 hitter. Therefore, it is
difficult to compare which batter performed
better. However, based on what I saw,
Owings is the real deal. He by far hit
more pitches out of the infield (remember wind
blowing in), and was the most consistent.
Owings also pitched, and was joined by Fall Ball
absentee pitchers Porlier and Worster.
New addition - Garidel, a middle infielder from
Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. From
what I briefly saw, he looked pretty good.
Health, a major concern after Fall Ball, appears
to have improved. Everyone participated in
the practice, with the exception of Crowel and
Dini. As mentioned above, Porlier, Worster,
and Owings all pitched for the 1st time this
season, and all looked good. It would
be nice to see them in a game situation, complete
with an Umpire to see how well they are really
All in all, it was a good practice, considering
it was the 1st one of the year. Come
on out to the park, and watch the guys as they
prepare to take on the season as the #1
Ranked Team in the Nation!!
Listed below is the match-ups for the offensive
Porlier vs. Hamilton (solo HR), and Emaus.
Bogusevic vs. Manzella
Morgan vs. Holland
Owings vs. Barket
Latham vs. Rice
Mohl vs. McFadden
Fairchild vs. Southard
Gomes vs. Bogusevic
Worster vs. Owings
At this point, I left practice. Others were
scheduled to pitch in the rotation.
Some pictures from Practice.
I went heavy on some of the guys that I didn't
get in Fall Ball
Owings, Porlier, Worster, and Garidel