Sometimes, the little things can make a big deal down the road.
In the past, the members of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching rotation were known for being unusually involved in studying each others’ bullpen sessions as well as mound outings and sharing suggestions – coaching from one veteran peer to another.
In a most logical and encouraging manner, new manager Mike Matheny has extended this concept in spring training 2012 to include pitching prospects invited to big-league camp as well.
As explained by the Post-Dispatch’s Rick Hummel, workouts are being organized in such a way that the staff’s veteran hurlers will be working alongside the organization’s top young pitchers. This is the case both for bullpen sessions and batting practice groups.
Whether information is imparted directly from the teacher to the student through question and answer or just by watching, this new initiative is both simple and brilliant, with no apparent downside whatsoever.
An example of these new-look groups on Sunday, from another P-D article, were as follows:
Update: …and here are the four Monday groups, again from the P-D:
Kyle Lohse, Kevin Siegrist, Adam Reifer, Maikel Cleto
Jason Motte (see photo), Adam Ottavino, Chuckie Fick, R.J. Swindle
Mitchell Boggs, Scott Linebrink, Eduardo Sanchez
Marc Rzepczynski, J.C. Romero, Victor Marte, Nick Greenwood
Kudos to Matheny for suggesting the idea and to the veterans for accepting it. Here’s hoping the youngsters take full advantage.