Weekend spring training recap
Travis Wood had a rocky first inning on Sunday, capped off by a 2 RBI double by Jeff Francouer (ugh), but settled down as the game went on, striking out 8 with no walks in his five innings of work and not allowing any more runs.
Mike Olt went 0-8 with 4K on the weekend and has yet to appear at 3B in a game, though it should be coming soon.
Arodys Vizcaino threw an inning with two hits and a walk but no runs. He's still a little wild, but Len and JD said the stadium gun had him hitting 97-98 regularly.
Fifth starter competition
There were several strong performances over the weekend by guys competing for the 5th starter spot.
Carlos Villanueva gave up one run in three innings on Friday, striking out two and walking none. He's had a decent spring but it sounds like the coaching staff wants to keep him in the bullpen.
In that same game, Kyle Hendricks (who has already been optioned to the minors) bounced back from his previous shaky outing with 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, and zero runs in three innings.
Chris Rusin went four scoreless innings with two strikeouts in Vegas on Sunday, but he still looks like a longshot to make the team.
Tsuyoshi Wada (who I keep reading as Wacha and getting confused) went two innings on Saturday, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks on Sunday, continuing his lousy spring. Muskat however mentions that Wada is still in the mix for a rotation spot, so *shrug*.
Jake Arrieta threw a bullpen session and simulated game on Sunday, and apparently looked pretty good. Unless he suffers a setback, from what I heard from Chris Bosio on Sunday's telecast it looks like the 5th starter competition is just a competition to see who is keeping the seat warm for Arrieta's return anyway.
Starlin Castro update
Castro is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered early in spring training, but is expected to be ready by the opener two weeks from today.
Scouting Jen-Ho Tseng
BP's Mark Anderson checked out a few of the international signings this week. Cubs signee 19 year old Jen-Ho Tseng was throwing in the low 90s with control, hitting 94 at one point, and his changeup looked really good. His curveball was a little sloppy at first but was his best pitch as the outing went on. Anderson thinks that he'll be playing full season ball this year.
Scouting Javier Baez
BP's Ryan Parker has a piece on Javier Baez's (insert breathless superlatives here) swing. The article takes issue with the usual Gary Sheffield swing comp and compares it to Chris Davis's instead. I got excited when I saw Mike Trout's name in the article, but unfortunately it was being used to highlight a difference between Baez's torso rotation and Trout's, rather than a similarity. Still, there's a lot to be excited about.