Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 9, 2009 3:11 pm
A few more tidbits from my very newsy first day covering the A’s this spring…
- It looks like Bobby Crosby is going to be playing a lot of third for the time being. Eric Chavez is shut down for who knows how long (Bob Geren said “a few days” which probably means a week). In the meantime, Crosby said he’s not ready to play second base. He said you can hurt yourself at second, with pivots and stuff, if you don’t know what you are doing. Third is relatively simple.
- Dallas Braden looks good. I’ll admit I was not a huge believer in Braden, but he’s pitched well down here and he’s got this new cutter which seems to be working out for him pretty well, especially as a weapon against righties.
- Michael Ynoa impressed me with his composure out there. Imagine if you were a 17-year-old bonus baby, throwing for the first time in spring training, with a handfull of reporters and club officials watching you. I’d be trying to throw the ball through the wall to show off my arm. Not Ynoa. He was under control the whole time. Catcher Anthony Recker said he was throwing only 75 percent, and still hitting the mid 80s.
- A’s director of player personnel Billy Owens later told a little story illustrating Ynoa’s awareness. When the A’s were courting him, Ynoa kept saying that Josh Beckett was his favorite pitcher. When it came time for his big press conference in the Dominican, though, he said his idol was Pedro Martinez. Guy knows his audience.