Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 12, 2009 1:56 pm
Just watched Landon Powell throw out not one, but two, would-be base-stealers today. One was speedy Justin Upton. The book on Powell has always been that he’s an above average catcher with a gun, and even has the potential to be above average at the plate. Of course, he’s been hurt a lot and he’s already 27, so it may be a little late for him to blossom into an All-Star. Still, it’ll be interesting to see just how far he can go if he’s healthy.
Today he caught Vin Mazzaro, who made his first start of the Cactus League. It’s the first time I’ve seen the much-hyped Mazzaro. Mazzaro pitched three scoreless innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in four games this spring, totaling eight innings. Not that you can draw terribly accurate projections off a few Cactus League innings, but he sure looks pretty close to big-league ready.
Among the other tidbits from this morning and the first few innings of this game…
- Eric Chavez is still going to be on the shelf for a few more days before he resumes any hitting or throwing.
- Orlando Cabrera could make his A’s debut as the DH as soon as Saturday (against the Giants, on TV), and he may play shortstop on Sunday. Nomar Garciaparra is a few days behind him.
- Bobby Crosby made a diving stop of a grounder at third. He then popped up and threw to second for the force. He also handled two routine plays. He also struck out swinging at a breaking ball on the outside corner.
- Rajai Davis made a leaping catch at the fence to rob Upton of an extra-base hit (and perhaps a homer).
- If you are in Arizona and want to support a good cause and meet some ballplayers, check out Ante up for Autism. It is a celebrity poker tournament hosted by former A’s pitcher Dave Stewart and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, and the players scheduled to appear include Rickey Henderson, Manny Ramirez, Eric Chavez and Torii Hunter.