Young arms impressing early in camp
The second group of Astros pitchers threw live batting practice Monday, meaning that all pitchers other than the injured Hector Ambriz have now thrown to hitters. Astros manager Bo Porter got a good look Monday at Josh Fields, Paul Clemens, Wesley Wright and Chia-Jen Lo, among others.
“I like the way Fields threw the ball today,” he said. “I like the way Clemens threw the ball, and Wright, obviously, has been extremely impressive. Jordan Lyles threw the ball outstanding today. I think overall the good things I see from the pitchers is they’re all throwing strikes, which is huge. Especially early on in the spring, you have all these distractions — the cages, nets. To be able to bear down and throw strikes in that situation, I’ve been impressed with their command.”
Fields, the hard-thrower who was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft, pounded the ball down in the strike zone during his live batting practice session.
“It was down in the zone, it was firm,” Porter said. “He threw a really good change-up and had good arm action. This guy had a pretty good season last year. He’s a Rule 5 pick, but at the same time he’s always been a top prospect with a good arm. We’re looking forward to getting him out there.”
The Astros will have two more days of live batting practice before Thursday’s intrasquad, which will be a battle of Team (Adam) Everett against Team (Morgan) Ensberg.
Here is the day in pictures: