Tampa – On Sunday, Corey Kluber performed his first live batting practice in the Yankees minor leagues. Gary Sanchez was in the game and Aaron Boone Boone) was satisfied with what he saw and heard.
The manager called the outing “not bad”.
Boone said: “Obviously, there is a lot of talk about it,” he said of Kluber’s signing of a one-year, $11 million contract, after he had only shot one game in the past two seasons. It was a broken arm before 2019 and a shoulder injury last year.
“He came here to live, even better than [Sunday] used to be. It’s great to let Gary live with him. For him, this is another big step forward. “
After losing Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton and Ja Harp to free agents in the offseason, the health of Kluber̵
Last year, Aroldis Chapman (Aroldis Chapman) introduced the finger fastball, but he used his pitcher carefully. Hope to see more this season.
Chapman said through an interpreter: “I believe this is definitely my best choice.” “I think I have incorporated this pitch into my pitch combination.”
He wants the splitter usage to exceed his conversion, and he “throws several times here and there.”
Chapman said of the splitter: “I definitely feel very good.”[It’s] It is definitely a weapon that will be used in the future. “
Austin Wells was recruited by the Yankees in June last year. He has never participated in a game due to the pandemic, so he hopes to take advantage of the camp as soon as possible.
Wells said: “I have received remote training for more than a year.” “Any bat that can fight any pitcher is good for me.”
Wells is only a member of the minor league. When the minor league was closed last year, they lost a development season.
Reese said that developing player development without a game has always been “fun”.
Reese said: “It’s a challenge.” “It’s difficult. You throw away the game plan for a year, and adjust it at any time.”
The Yankees chose to have no guiding league last fall. Reese said the organization believed that the risk of rising COVID cases in Florida was too high at the time, and the Yankees did not have their own hotel to safely house players.
Miguel Andujar is not the only player to report to training camp this week, hoping to prove that he can provide multiple positions.
Boone also mentioned the recently signed Jay Bruce and Derek Dietrich, as well as Fordham’s product Andrew Velazquez.
Dietrich can play second and third bases, Bruce can play first and Velazquez, and they can both be used outside corner kicks.
Boone said: “I think some of us have good defensive versatility and flexibility.”
— Supplementary report by Ken Davidoff