Diamondbacks Spring Training: March 19, 2022
Saturday was the first road exhibition game of 2022 Arizona Diamondbacks spring training. Diamondbacks players participated in more defensive drills, bullpen sessions and batting practices in direct to the camp in the morning. In the afternoon, a team headed to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels.
Torey Lovullo Pregame
Manager Torey Lovullo says the next step for Zac Gallen is to start a live batting practice. Gallen told Lovullo he “felt great yesterday (Friday),” during a chat the pair had in the practice room earlier on Saturday. Lovullo said it was “very encouraging, really, to know these guys and to look at their faces and tell me a story that fits their stuff.”
Right-handed reliever JB Bukauskas has a major grade 2 Teres strain and will miss months, not weeks. It happened on his pitching outing against the Rockies, but not on the last pitch he threw. He “felt some discomfort” and told the training staff, who examined him and made the discovery. Lovullo said reporting the injury was “a lesson learned for all of us because we encourage these players to step up and speak up when something is going on. They see it as a sign of weakness when they say, “Hey, something’s wrong, call the coach.” But to me, it’s a sign of strength when you’re able to stop the action and say (you) need a little help. If it’s nothing, recharge the next day.
Ketel Marte practiced batting on Saturday and “looks very good” and “really strong”. He will wear “designer glasses” while his eye continues to heal. Eventually, he will find his contacts.
Dan Straily pitched three innings, allowing seven runs (all earned) on nine hits. He gave up two home runs without walking any and struck out three. Despite the seven races, Straily “felt good”. He continued: “I came with the mindset (to) fill the strike zone. As Brent (Strohm, the pitching coach) pointed out to me, I did it a little too well. (There were) a lot of first-pitch hits. Lots of top notch hacking stuff we didn’t really expect. But the goal was to throw strikes. Obviously I wanted to put all the zeros in and couldn’t, but I filled in the typing box. So we did that. »
Left fielder David Peralta had a great day at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run in the first inning, a double in the third inning and two runs scored. Peralta said he has “worked a lot in the offseason” on his mechanics, especially his timing at home plate. “Now that hard work is paying off. First at bat, I felt pretty good swinging the ball and felt like it was coming back.
Peralta struggled to keep his hands longer before taking his swing. He said it would allow him to “see the ball better” so he could be “more in touch with the fastball” because “that was kind of my problem last year.” The goal is “not to rush everything…. Wait for the ball and react. His first-inning home run was a perfect example, as he waited back and threw a fastball into the left-field berm for an opposite-field home run.
During the offseason, Peralta worked almost daily with close friend Michael Brantley, who lives “ten minutes” from Peralta. “He’s one of the best in the business at being consistent,” Peralta said. Brantley called him and made him the offer, which Peralta appreciated.
Torey Lovullo post-game
Lovullo hailed the early results of Peralta’s off-season adjustments. “He hits a ball down the left field line for a home run in the opposite field. Then he hits a hard double wide to right center field on a nice, short swing. These are the things I looked at today. It is something that we must continue to build. »
Of Straily, Lovullo said: “You look at the line score, it was a situation where there were early swings. He was putting the ball on the plate, and there were several first-pitch fastballs that (the Angels) did a good job on. There was a time for a batter or two where he mixed his pitches well. I think there has to be a good mix of throws for him that will get him through those kinds of situations. They were all in ambush mode and jumped on him.
Lovullo took some positives from the 12–5 loss. “We took over baseball defensively and moved at a pretty good pace defensively. Everyone wants to know the end result, but I’m not going to focus on that right now.
It’s often good to have games that expose issues that need work early on. This applied today to Straily and Bryce Jarvis. Lovullo said, “Jarvis made mistakes in the middle of the plate, and good hitters are going to make you pay for those. We need to do a little better from a pitching perspective, especially Straily. Yes, we are here to evaluate them. We’ll get to that, and I’m sure (Strom) will go back to the drawing board with them. Take that one off and see what happens from now on.
Looking to the future in Diamondbacks spring training
The Diamondbacks’ spring training continues on Sunday, March 20. They will hold camp in the morning before a 1 p.m. game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Prospect Brandon Pfaadt will take the mound for the Diamondbacks against Jackson Kowar in a right-handed matchup. Lovullo said Josh Rojas, Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho, who sat out Saturday’s game, will play on Sunday.
Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout, Torey Lovullo, Zac Gallen, JB Bukauskas, Ketel Marte, Dan Straily, David Peralta, Michael Brantley, Bryce Jarvis, Brandon Pfaadt, Jackson Kowar, Josh Rojas, Pavin Smith, Daulton Varsho