Any day that starts off with saying hello to Mr. Henry Aaron is a good day. Hammerin' Hank was hanging around the minor leaguers all day today, which basically lead to me staring at him in awe for the first hour or so. They gathered all the minor league guys onto one field and they took a knee and simply listened to Mr. Aaron for about five or ten minutes, which was way cool. They were all extremely polite and respectful, and it was obvious to see they wanted to listen to him and learn for the home run champ (yes I went there). After that, the boys started playing some ball...
We heard that there was going to be a simulated game on the back fields, with Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado throwing, so we were obviously pretty excited. We just hung out all day, talking to fans and even a couple scouts, and watching the drills and taking it all in.
Here are some quick reactions of what I saw
-Edward Salcedo looked good. He looked very relaxed and comfortable, which was great to see. I think he is going to have a solid year this year. He was driving balls right back up the middle, and showing power the other way.
-Christian Bethancourt can't hit. He did not impress me at all at the dish. I want to think he will be able to hit enough to be a big league catcher, because defensively he is a monster. A scout from the Rays told us that Bethancourt had the best arm of any guy on the 18 teams he scouted last year, and it was not even close.
- I really like Dave Tremblay. He seemed very in control and organized, and it was easy to tell the players respected him and were comfortable around him.
- 2011 will be the year of Carlos Perez. He threw in the simulated game too, and he was very impressive. His change up was crazy, diving away from bats all day. I needed to remind myself that the guy is six months younger than me more than a few times.
That's all I've got for now. I got to see a ton of guys, so just ask if you want to hear about anyone else. It was a blast and I will be bouncing back and forth between minor league camp and the big boys all week. Go Braves!