Anne Rogers writes about which arms might make the bullpen.
Snider, who tossed live BP on Saturday, is now throwing a sweeping slider as well as his tight gyro slider. And he wants to use his four-seam fastball more to have a pitch at the top of the zone that complements his signature sinker.
“As soon as [pitching coach Brian] Sweeney got hired, one of the first calls we had was like, ‘Hey, this is what I did at the end of last year, here’s where I think I need to be with it in Spring Training,’” Snider said. “Everything I listed to [the coaching staff], they said they would have listed it right back to me. That was nice to hear.”
And she writes that Nate Eaton’s versatility is an asset.
“It’s a huge plus for any roster to have somebody that versatile,” Quatraro said. “It’s very rare to find somebody that can do things at multiple positions very well. … It’s a unique skillset, but one that he’s really good at.”
She also reports that outfielder Diego Hernandez is out 3-4 months after diving awkwardly in Saturday’s game.
Aroldis Chapman did not pitch today after “a minor accident at home” caused him to get little sleep, manager Matt Quatraro said. The #Royals didn’t want to rush him today. He was at the facility this morning and will be back on the mound in a few days.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) February 26, 2023
Sam McDowell writes about the vibe shift in the clubhouse with Matt Quatraro.
This isn’t earth-shattering, but fewer and fewer want that forced structure. That’s not only a generational preference but more and more a generational expectation.
The players comprising the Royals clubhouse are largely of a a new generation. They have quickly spotted a different vibe than a year ago. And by quickly, I mean on day one. And by spotted, I mean they were specifically told it would be different.
“He was talking in his first meeting. He said, ‘This is your guys’ locker room. We’re all here to help you, but go out there and have fun,’” recalled infielder Nicky Lopez, who added, “It’s definitely different.”
“He talks about everything,” Pasquantino said.
Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter discusses three early stories out of camp.
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