Every wonder why pitchers never seem excited about PFP? It’s because this is what it looks like in action.
In reality, this is the bulk of what happens in the first week or so of spring training. Even big leaguers have to get back to basics, and for pitchers, that means pitchers’ fielding practice. They’ll practice covering first base, looking runners back to second and — when things get really exciting — fielding bunts! Today, some of the Yankees big leaguers practiced fielding routine grounders and throwing to first base. They pretended to throw a pitch to home plate, where a coach — actually, I believe it was bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez — then hit a soft grounder back to the mound. The pitcher scooped and threw to first (or, in the case of Boone Logan one time, missed the grounder altogether).
If I’ve ever made PFP sound dull and boring, well, I’ve hit the nail on the head. This is the reality of early spring training.