Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Wednesday's takeaways: Aceves complies
By Rick Weber
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from Camp Farrell, Day 10:
After being lectured about his effort level after his last live BP, Alfredo Aceves wasn't messing around Wednesday.
* The lecture that pitcher Alfredo Aceves received from manager John Farrell a few days ago must have kicked in. Aceves was a model citizen Wednesday during a live batting practice session.
At 10:42 a.m., Aceves and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia jogged onto Field 4. Farrell, meanwhile, walked briskly to a spot behind the batting cage, where he observed Aceves without appearing to utter a word.
Unlike Sunday, when Aceves lobbed balls at speeds that would have barely registered on the radar gun, he brought it with intensity in pitching to Daniel Nava, Pedro Ciriaco and Juan Carlos Linares.
When it was over, Farrell was happy.
“He had a very good day -- focused, good effort level,” Farrell said.
* Catcher David Ross on Clay Buchholz’s live BP session: “Really sharp -- breaking ball right out of the chute was really sharp. Changeup was good. Fastball location and movement on the fastball. The cutter, which I didn’t know he had, was fun to catch, front door and away. So it was a lot of fun for me to finally catch him and learn what he likes to throw and what his pitches do.”
* Xander Bogaerts worked out for the second day at third base. That’s not his true position -- he’ll be a shortstop for the Red Sox -- but he’s preparing to represent the Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic, and the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons just happens to be in the way at shortstop.
“It’s a new position, but it’s a little bit easier because it’s on the left side of the infield,” he said. “But it’s harder because the balls come at you harder. It’s more reaction. (Will) Middlebrooks helped me a little bit. He said to use mostly one hand, not two hands like at shortstop. He gave me a lot of good advice. Seems like an easy, cool guy. Very helpful. Great player.”
Ask Bogaerts about the Classic and a big smile takes over his face.
“Well, you know, it’s big exposure, and I’ll be in a different environment,” he said. “I’ll be with guys I played with growing up, and I’ll be representing my country. It’s quite an honor. I’m honored.
“All the people back home are excited that you’re a part of it. Hopefully, we win a lot of games, so we keep advancing and the country can go farther. Everybody who knows baseball there, they look it up on the Internet. They’re just as excited as I am, I guess.”
* Speaking of Middlebrooks, he came bounding into the clubhouse after lunch, proudly holding the trophy for the 2013 Beautyrest Baggo Classic champion.
* Rubby De La Rosa, acquired in the megadeal last year with the Dodgers, has at times in his career hit 102 miles per hour with his fastball. Not sure he got there in his live BP session today, but the mitt of Christian Vasquez was popping. At the end of their session, they bumped chests near the cage.