Mar 4, 2014|
In 2013, Jackie Bradley Jr. used a non-roster invitation to big league spring training as a platform to an unexpected major league performance. Yet by and large, prospects in big league camp for the first time have more modest goals of creating familiarity -- both on their part with the big league setting, and in an effort to try to impress the big league coaching staff to position themselves for in-season call-ups. Red Sox prospects Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and Bryce Brentz discuss their outlook on their first big league camps, while Bradley joins to explain the difference he feels this year in his second big league camp.
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Welcome back to -- them down on the farm look at the prospect of -- trend. In the Red Sox farm system -- -- incredibly fun time of the prospect watching season -- time -- first impression but our impressions are made into a different way I'm part has been in big league spring training have a -- showed their -- set -- -- in the fashion they can impact their big league timetables but beyond that there's -- the impression made -- players who have never -- -- -- put in the big league spring training clubhouse the first opportunity for a number of these players to beat me with established -- for the first time in their lives and it's it's an impact -- experience. As explained by Red Sox third base prospect. -- -- -- Entering ventured and you bought season trying to make people feel which he -- guys grown up. When did you like them and to dream come true humbling at the same time but the same time he got to keep in the back your mind that -- You know you belong here you're good enough to be here early I do it's it's keep playing singing your plane and don't try to be too much and just played as well. In terms of you know in terms of the kind of like eyes wide open moment you know was it who who is the guy you first -- it. Yeah because the same clubhouse meant the first day when I walked in. Jon Lester and John Lackey and dim and the other side locker room was -- -- this -- This is all because I'm watching him pitch in middle school -- ninth grade and just dominate in the playoffs and stuff like that so. I mean that's when I -- and -- -- we -- reality is going to be really fun. Quality of life what's different too excited here achievement better suit. Better balls from. The filter are wet when we go out there happy if she she's a better life -- Everything's better about it since injuring countered everything expected and more. Oh yeah it is a dream come true for a lot of these guys to be in a big league clubhouse but the difference of being in big league camp is also felt more than just a dream coming true it's all felt -- the way the big league camp work that take they take command the attention of a number of course temperatures in camp you Matt Barnes who explained that different it's the way it is. That we can go about you know things outside bomb a little bit more truly on your own you're expected. I Rivers expects to be in here in good shape ready to go. I'm obviously in most other students are contenders for the veterans have their own team now. You know Woody -- kind of do their thing because that they're they've earned that trust. But somebody like myself you know you're expected to be here on -- percent ready to go. This is a time make an impression. You know knowledge finally -- you don't wanna make better question but up. And he is just it's a little more. Push along and you can tell it -- -- we're kind of you know get into games will be sooner. I'm that -- -- as -- but I as a -- I think the -- -- wanting to -- did our fifth season. You know all of the other times and then dinner time down with position players and things like that. The -- -- -- there's there's a funeral and there's some differences. But just quality of life stuff like what what there -- as anything you know starts -- spread veteran -- in the maybe it would doctors. You know you do. Nice been nice pants on the like little things -- you -- That there's some people who aren't in it and haven't experienced both sides would now. Bomb and ended their breakfast and then in the launches are. Definitely better. -- those -- do know. Parker's. One. Lost Boston's dollars. And a little it's like the little things like that that you like golf lessons off. It's it's amazing how simple having a washcloth in the shower. Like how much of it. No way I've read and drive again a logical step. It was there anyone with whom you know this is that you obviously don't -- kind of be star struck right at the same time. The opportunity to be in the same clubhouse or to work with anyone -- has there been any one guy -- it's been like oh. Cool like I am currently like you know I'm currently. Indeed we camp with -- Com win a lot of these guys who gets get to me we don't the Boston in September and saw a problem and rookie programmer threatened on whose behalf -- -- guys had come down. So I got to know some of the guys you know Padilla pretty well at the hostage to any position -- Weaver and things like that. Crowd the schools partly was my pitching against the -- that. You know you try to that's obviously when you got to it's it's business but. When you go out there and see if -- that season -- putts that's pretty cool. -- mean you know it's early in the spring right you don't want to put too much stock to him and things like like BP that that. What does it mean just to see like you know I'll look back fastball can get by a guy like eight or ten minutes it's awesome you know -- Are you -- going out there working on stuff and he's obviously worked on stuff so so nobody's really you know and a 100% team competition. -- nice I was it's kind of shows you stuff him and his stuff can still play know even begin -- it's us against. -- one of the greatest hitters in the game. So that was that was definitely nice to -- it. Here you had yet to vote to get promoted at the end of the year and then they brought they made a point of bringing you into Fenway park at the end of the year just kind of give you -- familiarity with the land if you've been part of the rookie development program -- that you know is just one of those events including being in a big league camp. Stand out more than the other in terms of kind of. Offering a reminder of I am. I think last year's guys who was -- the ball was was definitely. You know kind of reminders -- showed us how how close you kind of really where. Tom to death but becoming a big weekend is good to like the ones -- -- in -- locker room with these guys going out the -- judgment down playing catch in -- with them. On a daily basis. I think this is kind of good. The one that's that says you know you're you're. -- -- -- -- purpose on their first big league camp rather than just our truck this time when players can show that they under are and what it means take their work seriously and show that they can conduct themselves in something other than a game heading in a -- -- just they're ready or at least close to ready for the big league here's how pitcher Anthony Renato explained it -- Close knit group and I think I got second it gives off the lead back five in the clubhouse on the W on the field all of its all business at all or anything like that's a travel longer on the field you know I figured it didn't bother me. You get a good cop bad days you're gonna learn a lot tees up I think that's. It's so -- is there any one pitcher in camp who you kind of -- who you're kind of focused on like drawing from their routines or how they approach their work anyone who's kind of who's been through you -- kind of practical application does a guy mark. Home I would say there's one specific guy. I think all those guys able to pitchers and everything they all bring different things that tables are all different routines or anything like that. So basically what I've been doing just kind of watching how each one of them doesn't individually is not there hasn't been once and a specific guy that I've been Michael Gagne wanna. You know what you do exactly he does but I'm just as a group collectively taking everything that. That every one of those you know even -- that is what I watch is like even yesterday on how he carries himself. What are you working on specific things like that and how he approached that kind of work him workload and things like that outside to six different things from different guys everything just kind of try to determine the best that I know. Eager are you to be able performing game action -- its exhibition game action and you know kind of at at the Major League level of spring training. The -- on the side on the job. Pittsburgh's eleven -- for a long time you know ready for the challenge that they can. I'm excited to see where how much pitches that got him Nolan and and I'm going to be ultra aggressive go right I guys and then try to have some fun with it and now that you've been a week and everything that's pretty exciting. Mean winner on the back feels it's easy to kind of like to kind of RAMP up gradually you know not to get mean enough to kind of push too fast here. There's there's no one watching -- know a couple people on the metal bleachers and -- This is a little bit different like you have to almost you know -- to be a little bit careful about about not pushing too -- Asked when you're kind of in a different environment. On the out of you know there's there's tons of days where. Brett had to tell myself hey you know this is this is still better day whatever day it was you know and he goes out there might be a thousand people outside watching this stuff like that in the budget. Front office and coaching staff watching -- you -- -- realize that it is whatever it was victory tent you know and try to get my work and I'm not trying to -- a few quick and then. Make too big of an impression you don't overdo it -- like that. -- definitely yup by and that that's I was saying is -- trying to pick away different parts from different guys -- still live there -- the different situation that I am they're preparing to. Throw 200 innings out of starting spot. You know in the rotation so. On the I'm trying to find that balance of trying to. Keep an impression compete for a spot type thing but also. Save my bullets in August for the year realized that as it's -- here. -- -- There any part of you that Mike feels like I mean you know like if it was kind of looked at him because. You know but for the injured 2012 you probably would have there's a good chance it would have been in position to be in camp. A year ago and you know frankly like you and I've discussed before. You when you and Brandon -- -- you guys good well I'm off I'm kind of surprised that you -- to beat him in some ways last year. Is there is is there any part of you that I finally or is the experience of being your thoughts -- like you know. -- but yeah I'm I'm here now. Yeah neither knew that we finally aspect of it it just they so you've been working so marginalized you know -- does. Your whole life you can. -- -- that you know so there's definitely a finally. Okay I'm I'm here now and now it's time working on this is about the level -- I -- via Alex. Time to figure out how to be successful how to help the team win and end how to make myself a better. Pitchers are there remains a fine line in a balance between looking comfortable and at the same time remaining deferential to have a big leaguers it's not always easy line to players to comprehend that -- as outfielder -- spread blame it's a rewarding undertaking to figure it out -- It's as you gotta know your place mean -- me I'd just try to. Keep quiet work hard try to be good teammate. Nice -- nice stepping bodies the veterans toes like. You know your all and and is trying to come in -- hard work harder then and still have fun. Is there anyone among the Major League among -- the people on the Major League job roster. -- you do try to pay particular attention to and you know Ortiz might not be the best example his left handed maybe it's like a right and a power guy like -- middle Brooks or Jonny Gomes is there. Is there any one of you you know just tried to see. Okay just what they do limit people to pick up something here -- there from them on. Hitting aspect definitely. They were tees because of the night. In mean pretty much as a DH you know I'm not saying he doesn't have a good but anything can happen at bats he has this doesn't matter that he's fast left handed. Just watching him hit his it's pretty flawless and pick up on things how serious he is now. Everything else how -- how easy you repeat his swing. Defense side of the ball. Upfront that it doesn't matter what position. Like watching. And so consistent and sending basement. Instincts and and especially never really. Palmer in both those guys have basements doses were picked up on things and and just watched guys and accidents and try to make mental notes while it. And go from there what what's the coolest part of being in big weekend. You just know every day walk in and it's like OK you know. You're close knowing knowing you're knocking on the door so hopefully it's yet remove -- -- -- so. Fast and he's pretty good coolest thing. Coming up after the break we'll check in with Jackie Bradley junior. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think it goes. You know without ended in an -- in China come into spring training. Is this like three different groups you know whether you're you coming into Deion Branch. To compete for spots or -- -- -- -- guys -- you know last year 2000 has got the you know it's coming to China France Canada. New coaching staffs and not I don't think them about making the team game and I had a previous spring training zone. And I end up making a team I'm not coming to this year. I'm one of the guys who's who's competing for spots. So. Not really be -- about last year put that in the past. And I'm focused on the president that now when I think that drove. What does that mean to be in a position to know that you know from a career standpoint you have. You're in a position where you are ready to compete for a at at least to compete for a regular big -- -- Yeah. You know it is amazing how you know the world can you know any junior a year. But I mean that's just that comes with a maturity level and you know improve in every single day and get better I'm as a ballplayer as you age. Given the benefit of the off in the think about it explains me what was last season for you were last season. A Goodyear was he's made great here with us and a disappointing year because. For me you know as an outsider it was it was really hit it right. I thought if you had tripped out what part of what you did it in big league spring training which changed the expectations of who you what you're supposed to be. Then most people with him and kind of focus on what you didn't AAA which would have been a very proud of level. For that for where you Wear your pro experience we're talking got a pretty good year. In terms of what you did on the field. If you add in what you did in spring training. You know that it changes how you view it if you add in which he didn't mean what -- and shoveled up and down for you know a couple dozen games in the big leagues. That changes how you look at as to how did you view the year when you're getting back and think you better be off. More of a learning year not. Not really get to focus and tied up into the -- numbers and stuff like that but I am not you know focused on you know prisoners in the day. I'm. Better myself and -- a better team. And you know I know I know -- last year in and I know that I'm a better ballplayer so you know I'm I'm licking on it and to get back out there. Let us prove myself. That I can't win at the highest levels and now I'm just I'm just ready to Cilic. -- you better ballplayer finger as a result of last year what part of what's the -- for your development. Did you really deep drives him. All of you know just learn you learn a much -- you know being around the guys and you know buying into what you know the coaching staff. What to do and you know I feel like I can be more than it did. Whether offensively or defensively and I also want to steal bags. And I want to incorporate that more of my game. You know -- you know every. If the ascent. Of the game I want to get better at. I know. Bunting is one thing that really wanna work on. A lot vina -- you know you talk -- downs or even bunting for base hits so that is something that I will be working on. Not that -- move forward. Those you know things aspect like bunting and running it more they are -- -- ideas about how you can make it got better towards that specific player planned -- you've got. From sitting down with president of player development of the front office. My idea because I noted that can I can do it. It -- is our our confidence and if you know he can do it. They do it be aggressive don't beyond the cost out of things. Do what's gonna make the team better and advance ninety feet. It's only gonna make it seem better and it with a golf club -- Smart about it obviously not there. Just go out there and do stupid things got to -- certain situations. -- up. And I think overall -- -- better my game as a whole. In terms of your game is a -- when things get done that we've talked about a little bit but it did did take it did obviously. -- to different direct my hear -- you hit for more power you hit you know I think it between the majors minors from a thirteen does that sound right up and so was that something that you were -- we try to doing how mindful that it is that number is that. Pat and I was just what you taking batting practice and it was it was interesting to meet you kind of caught the ball to right in our. And they were carrying and you look like you -- you got a -- little bit of strength for him right now. Is that something that you mindful of trying to incorporate or. Who are you who are you as a hitter. Where does does it how do you get. How. Well. -- -- I had a Dhabi and more home runs last year than I did the previous year. IRL was a lot younger -- so. You know I am one of those things that I also comes it comes -- -- -- Richard your body you are to fill out your body a little bit more. And now -- Gotten stronger you know from strong offseason so. Every single offseason -- that's out of work on getting stronger and obviously I commences at the so the power dot com. As -- continue to get younger put on no more weight so. I got -- -- is not something that dominant strictly focused on. But I feel like it's strictly focused on that you get a bad habits but it's going to be there. It. It's it is gonna be incorporated in my game and I know I can hit for power. And time. Are always willing and wanting to a show that part of my game is. Do you ever it how difficult. How difficult a balance can that be just incorporating them but also being mindful of it you know one of what of your you know one of the traits that -- -- best known for respect -- -- guy but you know what kind of what people -- from his leadoff hitters on base skills. You know. Is it there are those different things that pull you in different directions. Now I feel like you could find a happy medium in both of them there's there's guys who can. Obviously hit for power and who can get on bases. You know just not example I -- -- I'm nowhere anywhere near him. Sound but you know as a veteran Joel -- you know a guy -- He's good as an on base machine and you know he can hit for power so. You know I feel like this as a player you -- you know find out what works for you and which way you that whichever way you -- those lanes trying to. Figure out. And just being yourself you don't cut any of these something you're not because. That doesn't tend to work out too often so. And I'm still gonna kind of -- -- on base percentage guy who's gonna work. That counts at times but also I'm I'm I'm gonna pick my spots and then that's excellent manager of. -- -- That -- politics that and last year one of the conversation one of the things John Ferrell that it is fifty felt that you were more more and more comfortable every time you were caught up did you feel that way. Yes yes it becomes a day experience. Don't know what you're actually getting into and had to -- in -- year you kind of just you know. -- you're there you're you're trying to learn. As quick as possible obviously the game -- to the players. And but you have a better feel for. You know that being around the game as well yeah it is more than just don't want to deal dust -- off the field down there. You know media Bears there's another that you know deal namely so I mean I think you have to separate. In order you know focus on what you need to do and -- that -- -- -- learned that eat more and more got more comfortable. With. You know adjusting to certain things. So how much were able to use the -- isn't -- similar purpose you know to kind of process everything that you went through in the coming to camp feeling like you have. He can come to in some ways feel for the labeling him. Some judges yeah just slowing down and discuss you have you know it appears that you you know -- -- lie you can come right into it and you know you know the routine you know the guys routines. And you know -- you feel like you you know where you're going in that sense. Like you've been there so. You know what you have to do in order to get better. In both 2010 in 2011 you were a central contributor to championship teams in college. What was it like watching the right. Number one you think you had -- you have your kind of thumb -- on different parts of the Red Sox and I think that you were as a future contributors especially from the tone setting opening -- win. When you talk about but are -- from being important. Your ability do you know to beat out -- throw at second baseman. Kind of pivotal that -- -- both like to watch a championship -- of a team that you have been a part of rather than being in the middle of it. It was great don't you know witness. Something that you were part and they always -- -- root for. The guy that you played -- it it's these great seen them bring a championship home that there's nothing that will work for from him again he's. Their fingers are going to be filled up you getting all these rings. And a solid a good thing right you know you you always want to. And championships under the belt and hopefully retire with a whole lot of them. -- detective at the junior one thing we talked about Lester was how you bought a car feels very routine and try to pick up from it. With with with a veteran like like Grady Sizemore view -- I imagine -- spending a lot of time. Being out on the field with them. What are you picking up from him. You know it at at that's going to this place is more he didn't get to learn each other. You know once we start. Against moving around a little bit more and know playing games you barely you know pinky to his brain a little bit. You know I feel like everybody's can -- it. You know the down. And get to -- each -- -- player that is as a teammate. And you know being. You know we'll we'll start the game to build on that. You develop that bond Kirsch and Andy and everything -- kind of heals in and you know it makes you feel right. As you -- -- can you talk about competing for a job I do you and true with the gold thing I want to prove that I deserve to be the Red Sox ever did an outfielder or. You know or do you focus more on kind of the Tito in the process. More than that he hasn't -- because -- need to focus on you know what what you have to do. Everything take -- nothing she can't you can't make it means you know you go out there play hard and you know -- Hard and following them and you go out there and do your bad. I mean what more Kenya were. Do you think that you're ready to be an -- mutually in the field I believe I -- -- Is that are you apprised that three years you know removed from being drafted I mean you know really not even two and a half -- more like -- you're in that position where you can have that confidence. Now I'm not surprised it is and I you work hard to. Keep -- weight in whatever you fleeting and you get out of it so you know usually if -- continue to work hard things I -- you're not surprised by. You know much do you take it drive you go with it and you continuously you know work because. You know you never done learning. As you're going to the game here -- -- always thought we don't learn in order try to get better and if you feel like you can. Help any particular team win. At the highest level then of course you feel like you belong. So I'm gonna kind of finish up by going into circular to in that direction basically. Kind of back to last year's spring training. Would that teach you about the ability to kind of pushed through expectations. Either -- expectations. Were the expectations of others in terms of what you can accomplish. Through your play. Expectations. Are much addition are they healthy you know that's. I think a lot of people coming that's great changes you know continue working in and you know trying to make a team. So no matter what team that is what you have to be healthy in order to make a team and it's you know wire things you know I got those. Right into right away is just you know stay healthy. But it gives you best opportunity to play at the highest level. And you know that that's my main focus is offseason we'll stay healthy if not working and I'll hopefully put myself in good position. Check it that much returning great to have you on once again had no crowd that you.