Cactus League: Indians vs. Padres

Sunday March 14th, 2010

Indians- Carlos Santana did not start but showed me everything I wanted to see. Good arm behind the plate, good bat, and lots of solid contact. Nick Weglarz looked alright but nothing too special. Hector Rondon was also what we expected. Live arm, great stuff, but some command issues, still a AAA guy but maybe a September call-up later. Wes Hodges continued to struggle both defensively at 1st and did not do much at the plate either. Andy Marte continued to be Andy Marte. If your are not familiar with this flopper, he was ranked the Red Sox top prospect above guys such as Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Delcarmen. He now will be fortunate to hit .250 with 10 home runs. The Indians personified. Peralta also went yard after a somewhat costly error and Aaron laffey looked good up until getting hit with a line drive. Immediately after the line drive, he started walking guys and giving up runs. The only disappointing thing was not seeing Lonnie Chisenhall

Padres- The Padres mostly played their starters, but a few youngsters stuck out. Kyle Blanks hit the ball hard his first few at bats before swinging for the fences later in the game.  Luis Durango didn’t do much at the plate, but stole a base, only to overslide the bag and get punched out courtesy of Carlos Santana. Chris Young really struggled with his command often leaving the ball letter-high and unable to keep it down. Matt Antonelli played but did not do too much.

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