Tagged: Matt Young Braves Spring Training

Three Weeks Later…

Hello again Braves fans.  I’d like to apologize for the lengthy hiatus between blog entries.  It’s been a little hectic on this side of the world.  Minor League games began this week and the AAA team isn’t doing too well.

We all know this time of year is for getting ready to play the next six months, but it’s never any fun losing games.  We are 2-4 so far this spring, but our roster is far from complete.  With pitch counts and guys needing at bats these games are more about preparation than winning.  With that said, our roatation is looking better by the day (unfortunately). 

Tommy Hanson and Jo Jo Reyes got sent down to minor league camp today.  It’s definitely a bittersweet time of year when you start seeing your friends and former teammates come over from big league camp.  All of us on the minor league side were rooting for both of those guys.  We all know it’s only a matter of time til they’re back over there though.

As for me, my swing is feeling pretty good.  The hits aren’t falling as often as I would like, but it’s more important to get ready so that they fall in April.  The position change isn’t much of a change at this point.  I get my early work in at second base and take infield there after my outfield work, but I have yet to play a game there.  I feel like it’s another bullet in my holster and am happy where things are right now.

On an offensive note, Reid Gorecki (OF) is swinging the bat well so far in spring.  He has prbably been the most consistent hitter for us.  Joe Borchard (OF) is also swinging the bat with authority.  Coming off surgery he looks good at the plate right now.  Barbaro Canizares (1B) continues to rake down here.  He seems to be good for a hit a game.  It’s incredible how that guy hits!  The rest of us are up and down.  Nobody is really struggling & no one else is really on fire.  That’s the AAA offensive update. 

Thank you for all your comments.  I will do a better job of responding as the season progresses.  I’m still getting my feet wet with this blog.  I’ll also do my best to be more prompt with my next entry.

On a personal note, the New Mexico Lobos (my alma mater) are ranked 21 in the country!  Great job guys! Go Lobos! 

Spring is in the Air

Well we are almost a full month into spring training and the excitement is still building down here in Orlando, FL.  We are definitely looking forward to a big season from not only the big league club, but our minor league affiliates as well.  With the signing of big names like Garrett Anderson and Tom Glavine, the Braves are poised to get back into the playoffs & it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.

On the minor league front, the second wave of guys rolled in a couple days ago.  It’s nice seeing some new faces after two weeks with the same guys.  It was like Groundhog Day down here for a while!  Everyone is ready to get this season started already, but we are having to remind ourselves that we still have almost another month before that can happen.

Most of us have had the opportunity to go to the big league side and backup in a couple games already and I have to say that it’s an experience.  Every chance we get to go over there is a huge blessing and opportunity to be around those guys and learn as much as possible.

Mini camp was a good time, but it’s nice to see some live action again.  We sent a lot of guys to the WBC, so I want to wish them all good luck.  Minor league games start soon so these posts will definitely be more exciting as the season progresses.  That being said we have a couple guys, myself included, going through the process of learning new positions.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how that goes.

In the mean time feel free to ask any questions.  I’ll get to as many as possible.  Thanks for reading and Go Braves