We were subjected to a heavy rainstorm early this morning. The black clouds continue to loom and the fields are soaked. We’re waiting to find out whether the Orioles’ workout will be confined to the covered batting and pitching cage.
Chad Moeller caught Jake Arrieta, Jim Johnson and Luis Lebron in yesterday’s intrasquad game. Here’s his take on each pitcher:
Arrieta - “I love Jake’s stuff. Jake has a ton of ability. I think he’ll end up being a really good pitcher. There are things he needs to continue to improve on, but stuff-wise and ability-wise, he’s right there at the top of the list. He just needs to continue to mature as a pitcher.”
Johnson - “I just wanted to make sure he got all his pitches in. He wasn’t happy with the walk, but he was also doing something at that point that he probably wouldn’t do in a game. It’s time to work on stuff right now. He knows what he needs to do and he’s developing his other pitches more so he’s not just a sinkerball pitcher. He has two good off-speed pitches. He can beat guys with just his fastball, but as a result you never get to work on your other stuff.”
Lebron - “He’s got three pitches to beat you with, the first one being his fastball. People are going to have to cheat to get there. And his off-speed pitches are well-above average from what I’ve seen.”
Brad Bergesen update: He’s still scheduled to throw another bullpen session tomorrow and will either return to the bullpen on Friday or face live hitters. The shoulder is fine.
Fun-fact: Jeremy Guthrie is dressing at the same locker that Michael Jordan used in spring training while playing for the Chicago White Sox.
Guthrie noted that he wears No. 46, and Jordan made 23 famous with the Bulls.
“That’s 2 times 23,” he said, pointing to the number on his nameplate.
I knew it wasn’t a coincidence.