Sunday, February 20, 2011

Typical Pitchers & Catchers

Just to give everyone an idea of what goes on early in Spring Training before the first full squad workout, here is a short video of Nationals Pitchers In Camp--Tim Wood, Todd Coffey, Matt Chico and Josh Wilkie--throwing to various bullpen catchers on the practice mounds near Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.

Is it exciting? No, not exactly. But it's interesting and worth watching the 10 minute sessions--closely monitored by Pitching Coach Steve McCatty and Our GM Mike Rizzo (in one of the Golf Carts behind the catchers in the picture above). Early in Spring Training, groups of hurlers throw every other day, not at full strength nor anywhere near game speed. The object is to take the entire six weeks before Opening Day to prepare. Under no circumstances is anyone to be ready until just before that first official game.

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