GLENDALE, Ariz – It was a rather quiet day throughout the White Sox side of Camelback Ranch as the team went through their last workout before their game tomorrow against the Dodgers. The players went through their final sessions of batting practice and fielding drills, making sure they fine-tuned all of their mechanics and fundamentals.
The morning started off with cut-off drills where the outfielder would field a ground ball that was hit to them and throw it to the cut-off man. From there, the cut-off man would throw to either third-base or home. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada both performed exceptionally well throughout this drill. Their throws to both bases were nearly perfect and low so the catcher or third-baseman could make an easy tag.
Nicky Delmonico rotated between first-base and left-field throughout the morning. In left-field, he had one bad throw that missed the cut-off man but other than that he performed well. At first-base, he also had a solid day. The infielders worked on throwing the ball around the diamond once the cut-off drill was over. There were a couple of balls thrown to Nicky that hit the dirt but he handled those scoops successfully. He had no trouble fielding grounders and made good throws to the other bases.
Another player that got some practice in at a different position today was Leury Garcia. Leury started the day rotating between center-field and left-field. Once he was finished with his batting practice and his workout, he stayed after to field ground balls at second-base. The grounders were softly hit and not anything in comparison to what he would see in a game but he had no trouble handling them. Leury practiced flipping the ball to second-base and throwing over to first-base. All of his throws were good, hitting the coaches right in the chest.
In the cages, the players worked on situational hitting that they will see during a game. Today, they worked on two-strike hitting. All of the players were successful throughout the situational hitting. They put the ball in play and some of them even hit home runs. Overall, their batting practice session was shorter in duration than it’s been in previous days. After constant work and practice over the past couple of weeks, the staff wants to keep everyone fresh as they get back into playing in games.
It was evident that there was a much more serious mood throughout Camelback Ranch today. The team has been working hard this off-season and throughout camp in preparation for tomorrow and for the rest of the their Cactus League games. All of their effort and time they put in is finally going to be on display tomorrow once they hit the field. Baseball is back for Chicago White Sox fans. This should be a fun and exciting spring season.
Right-hander Dylan Covey is on the bump tomorrow, followed by Hector Santiago on Saturday, Jordan Guerrero on Sunday, and Michael Kopech on Monday. The games tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday have a 2:05 CT start. The game on Saturday starts at 2:10 CT. Make sure to follow our Team Tracker for information regarding probable pitchers, broadcasting, and roster moves throughout Spring Training. Play ball!