Thank you, Roch!
Clay Rapada: “His presence is more just him being in the lineup every day. He’s really competitive. You can tell when he gets frustrated. He’s a professional hitter. He’s been in the thick of a lot of great lineups and I think he’s going to help this organization a lot. He’s not really vocal. I consider him like a quiet storm. You see it, but you just don’t hear it. He takes his job serious. You know what you’re going to get with him, and that’s his bat and his effort.”
Jake Fox: “I asked him [Rapada], ‘What’s this guy like? What’s he going to bring to the clubhouse?’ And he said, ‘Well, he’s actually pretty quiet. He’s the kind of guy you like to have around, but he just kind of keeps quiet and doesn’t cause any problems. I’m pretty excited about it. Anytime you get a guy of that caliber of talent who can come in here and be part of this team. … The one thing that always runs through my mind is we have a great group of guys here and you don’t want someone coming in here who’s going to ruin it by being a bad apple, and I think that was the biggest thing to me, that he’s a good guy and he works hard and he’s a phenomenal talent. That’s what I’m most excited about.”
Matt Wieters: “I don’t have to worry about calling a pitch that bounces and somebody hits it. That’s always good. I don’t have to worry about trying to figure out how to call a game against a guy who can hit any pitch at any time. …[Signing Guerrero is] huge because baseball is about consistency and you see what he’s done for so many years. You put that guy in the lineup and it makes our lineup that much better because he gives you another middle-of-the-order hitter. We added another middle-of-the-order bat in Mark Reynolds. To get two this offseason is pretty special.”
Adam Jones: “I think all the guys we signed impact the lineup. He’s the cleanup hitter, I would assume. His track record, you can pencil him into the cleanup spot. I think that throws away a lot of question marks and makes things easier. You can learn from him because he’s been a winner and he’s been successful. Anyone who’s been successful, I think you can pick their brain in some aspect. I’m not going to ask him about everything he’s ever learned, but I’m definitely going to pick his brain because he’s a winner. I want to get that winning mentality that he has.”
A couple of notes:
- J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Vlad are all in camp today. Today is Vlad’s physical, as well.
- My art BFF Brandon Snyder is going to be playing some catcher this spring, as it was the position he was initially drafted at back in 2005.
Now we just have a short little wait until that first full workout…