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3/8 Sarasota Notebook-Will Be Updated Throughout Day

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Good morning from Sarasota.  I got a late start to this Sunday and am not going to the minor league complex today.  It’s a check in day for the remainder of the offensive players and by this afternoon the whole organization will be together.  By tomorrow, they’ll be just about through with intakes, physicals and meetings.  Plus today is O’s/Yanks right around the corner from my house.  I’ll be at Ed Smith stadium soon and it should be crowded with ‘longtime baseball fans’ including a few friends I haven’t seen in a while so I’ll let you know what and who I see.  
2:00pm Update-

Chris Davis is up now and I’ve been in the house for about an hour.  He walked.  
In my hour I’ve met a nice couple who taught me how to keep score.  I’ve never known but in the second inning, Anthony Santander grounded out and she wrote a 4-3.  
 

Also I saw Yanks prospect outfielder Estevan Florial hit an RBI double off Kohl Stewart.  I’ve always liked Florial.  Later, Richie Martin had a double play gifted to him standing at second on a perfect assist from Núñez at third.  Martin took his foot off of the bag early and my mind took a nano-second to revert back to Twin Lakes and the first drill I saw with the infielders and coaches about foot placement.  
Martin can learn on the job too and his game will be raised by a coach at Norfolk or by watching José Iglesias daily in an O’s uniform.  Slight migraine.  Martin was involved again as Dwight Smith had a runner pegged at second perhaps but his throw was more than a foot high, Martin jumped and no play.  Back to the game.

 

5:45pm Update-

I watched the game and it included some great bullpen work as Hunter Harvey started the good before even harder throwing Tanner Scott finished it off to the tune of 101mph.  Mixing in Bleier, Armstrong and Sulser showed their experience against the Yankees B squad allowing only one base runner as a group.  The highlight for me was outfield prospect Kyle Stowers batting in the 9th with a chance to win the game after a Stevie Wilkerson walk.  Unfortunately he didn’t maximize the chances he had during the at-bat and my seat mate @Weams highlighted that he guessed wrong on a slow curve that broke into his hot zone as he stayed standing for strike 3.  Another opportunity to learn.  And just like Kyle, I’ll be there tomorrow as the entire minor league group is assembled and on campus.   
 

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I gotta say, you are pretty much single-handedly starting the Gunnar Henderson hype train. I'm in. If he's able to turn into a star that would be incredibly important for this rebuild.

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3 minutes ago, LTO's said:

I gotta say, you are pretty much single-handedly starting the Gunnar Henderson hype train. I'm in. If he's able to turn into a star that would be incredibly important for this rebuild.

All aboard the Gunnar Train. 

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47 minutes ago, LTO's said:

I gotta say, you are pretty much single-handedly starting the Gunnar Henderson hype train. I'm in. If he's able to turn into a star that would be incredibly important for this rebuild.

I appreciate that.  It’s not me, it’s him.  If you came and watched him play and noted his improvement from months ago, you’d see the same things.  There’s no debating he’s a special athlete.  
I’m proud to let you know, but it’s his skills much much more than my words.  There are ups and downs ahead of him, no doubt.  If he seizes the future I see ahead of him, O’s fans at the very least will have a good player with a baseball name to root for.  I estimate there will be more.  The videos I get are meant to help you make your own evaluations.  This minor league season will be so much fun I don’t even know how I’m going to concentrate on the big club.  
 

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52 minutes ago, weams said:

All aboard the Gunnar Train. 

I don’t have a conductor‘s hat, I have an iPhone pointed at the fields.  Choo choo!

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