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2/12 Spring Training Notebook-Mancini Checks In

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Awesome stuff!    Akin being described as a strike thrower made me chuckle a bit, since his walks were quite high last year, though not crazy high.    He led the International League in walks and was 6th highest in BB/9 out of the 100 pitchers listed on BB-ref.   I do think there were some reasons for that, as the team had him working on throwing breaking stuff when behind in the count.

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11 minutes ago, Frobby said:

By the way, who’s the pitcher in the photo?

That’s Rucker.  I wrote that I posted a pic of his lack of balance mid-motion.  

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31 minutes ago, Frobby said:

Awesome stuff!    Akin being described as a strike thrower made me chuckle a bit, since his walks were quite high last year, though not crazy high.    He led the International League in walks and was 6th highest in BB/9 out of the 100 pitchers listed on BB-ref.   I do think there were some reasons for that, as the team had him working on throwing breaking stuff when behind in the count.

Glad to get it up here for you!  I know that his developmental curve isn’t perfect but lots of guys experience valleys with their peaks.  I’m open to seeing how he’s rewarded for progress this year and hoping he makes some. 

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7 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

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I apologize it edited my ‘warning track’ shots.  The effortless is the part that made me take notice.  No crazy sound or violent motion, just level and on barrel then went higher and farther than last year.  Catching depth is a priority.  

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14 minutes ago, Eric-OH said:

I apologize it edited my ‘warning track’ shots.  The effortless is the part that made me take notice.  No crazy sound or violent motion, just level and on barrel then went higher and farther than last year.  Catching depth is a priority.  

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If you aren't familiar with it, its ok, but do you know if it looks like he changed his swing/stance? It was different last season than the previous years and I'm curious if it changed and led to what you saw.

Also, did you see Cody Carroll throwing today?

Appreciate all the updates you've posted so far!

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10 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

If you aren't familiar with it, its ok, but do you know if it looks like he changed his swing/stance? It was different last season than the previous years and I'm curious if it changed and led to what you saw.

Also, did you see Cody Carroll throwing today?

Appreciate all the updates you've posted so far!

I’m glad to provide it, happy for the opportunity.  To answer you I see a very slight knee bend and hands back a twinge compared to previous swings. The difference to me is more what happens trajectory wise when contact is made relative to last year. I can’t measure the speed but I’ll take the height and distance in BP, on day 1.  A pleasant surprise.

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1 hour ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

If you aren't familiar with it, its ok, but do you know if it looks like he changed his swing/stance? It was different last season than the previous years and I'm curious if it changed and led to what you saw.

Also, did you see Cody Carroll throwing today?

Appreciate all the updates you've posted so far!

I forgot, no I didn’t see Cody Carroll throw today but was looking.  Only half the guys did throwing sessions today, so maybe I can catch him tomorrow.  I’m optimistic on him as a much more usable arm than people think.  The single best pitch I saw in the GCL belonged to him and it got me pumped to see it consistently.  It was a slider that went 60 feet with slight spin but right before the hitter it spun opposite and 12-to-7 into the mitt.  Almost like a cartoon.  I’m pretty sure that was his best stuff and I have to say it was nasty.

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3 hours ago, BirdinBama said:

Thanks for the updates! I wish I could watch my beloved Orioles. Even if they are going to be bad!

I’ll do it for you.  They’ll at least be interesting from the DSL up through the minors.  

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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

Awesome stuff!    Akin being described as a strike thrower made me chuckle a bit, since his walks were quite high last year, though not crazy high.    He led the International League in walks and was 6th highest in BB/9 out of the 100 pitchers listed on BB-ref.   I do think there were some reasons for that, as the team had him working on throwing breaking stuff when behind in the count.

I always take comments like that and put them in the category of "Spring trainingisms." :D

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