Just like yesterday, there will be some fielding drills and bullpen sessions at the Yankees spring training complex this morning, but the real action starts at noon when the first set of pitchers throw live batting practice.
At this point, BP seems to be more for the pitchers than the hitters. David Winfree joked that he’s hoping to foul one off and maybe square up a ground ball. Most hitters are still getting used to seeing pitches, so they aren’t ready to drive anything other than a soft fastball down the middle, but it beats watching another bullpen session. The hitting groups are the same as yesterday, except some of the catchers have been reassigned, probably shuffled to fit their schedules behind the plate.
Pitchers throwing batting practice:
Field 1: Gaudin, Mitre, Albaladejo, Ring, Duff, Arias
Field 2: Aceves, Robertson, Hirsh, Segovia, Sanchez, Sanit
It’s also worth noting that the versatile position players have been told which positions to play when they’re fielding during batting practice. Only a handful of guys will be in the field at any given time, and for the most part they’ll be playing a secondary position. Both Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner will be in left field, and Gardner said “it definitely helps” to track balls this way.
Outfield assignments: Jamie Hoffmann CF, David Winfree LF, Marcus Thames RF, Randy Winn LF, Greg Golson LF, Reid Gorecki CF, Colin Curtis LF, Jon Weber RF
Infield assignments: Brandon Laird 2B, Eduardo Nunez 2B, Reegie Corona SS, Ramiro Pena 2B, Kevin Russo 2B
I’ll have to ask someone to be sure, but my guess is that Laird is assigned to second only because he’ll get more ground balls at that spot. I don’t believe he’s ever played there, and the Yankees have a lot of second basemen in the system so I can’t imagine they want to see Laird learn the position.