The third day of Mariners’ pitchers and catchers workouts were much like the first two. Pitchers had fielding practice and threw bullpens, catchers hit and worked on fundamentals.
In the video, there is footage of the catchers taking some swings and lots of footage of Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias, Carson Smith and Dominic Leone throwing bullpen sessions.
It was kind of entertaining to watch young catcher Marcus Littlewood, who has been at big league camp, try and catch the side-arm slinging Smith, whose sinking fastball can touch 95 mph.
Because of Smith’s funky delivery and arm angle, it’s difficult for hitters AND catchers to see it out of his hand.
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“It gets on you,” Littlewood said just after the session. “And when his fastball is up, it just rides.”
Fellow catcher John Hicks said he didn’t give Littlewood any hints, but understands the difficulty.
“I’ve caught probably half of Carson’s appearances in the minor leagues and I think have it figured out,” Hicks said. “It’s just hard to see the ball with that arm angle. He’s got sinking movement in the 90s and then that slider going the other way. It’s not easy.”
Also ace photographer Bettina Hansen turned videographer for a while and took some additional video of Walker’s bullpen. Yes, her video isn’t as shaky as mine.