Day 6: Time to face living pitching
One of the most challenging days of Spring Training for the hitters is when they step into the box for the first time against the pitchers, who have been in camp for nearly a week and had thrown two bullpen sessions prior to Thursday.
Some hitters used the chance to face live hitting for the first time to simply track the pitches and not swing, while others couldn’t wait to take some cuts. The first and second throwing groups threw live batting practice Thursday.
“Today was like the first real assessment of where you really are,” first baseman Jon Singleton said. “We really got to see where we are, just tracking baseball and trying to get pitch recognition and see the spin of the baseball. It was huge.”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch wants the hitters to ease into facing pitching for the first time.
“The swings in these cases don’t really matter, whether the hitters choose to swing or not,” Hinch said. “We’re just inching a little bit more towards game-type situations. It seems like everybody came out of it well, and the attention to detail was good. We had a lot of work going on in an effective time. It was a good day.
Quote of the day
“It’s miserable for the most part,” — Hinch on hitters having to face pitchers for
“Injury report: RHP Brad Peacock (hip surgery) threw his second bullpen Wednesday without incident. … RHP Vincent Velasquez (strained right lat) won’t throw for at least two-to-three weeks.
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