Spring Training Miscellany: Arrieta Back in Blue and Schooling Alzolay, Lester Now in Red, Careful on Velocity, More | Bleacher Nation

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Spring Training Miscellany: Arrieta Back in Blue and Schooling Alzolay, Lester Now in Red, Careful on Velocity, More

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Cubs pitchers and catchers are fully underway in Mesa, starting their bullpen progressions, and building up toward initial game action in March.

With media restrictions this year because of the pandemic, I suspect our visuals are going to be limited for a while. But the Cubs sent some out today, and my dopamine receptors will so take it:

 

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David Ross is understandably stoked to have Jake Arrieta in the house:

Adbert Alzolay getting in some time with Arrieta? Yes, you love to see that:

The extremely diverse pitch mix is actually a pretty strong overlap for those two: two-seamer, four-seamer, changeup, curveball, slider. It’s what Arrieta has long thrown, and it’s what Alzolay was throwing as of last year. So for the two of them to get time together is potentially particularly useful, and obviously it’s a small part of why you target a guy like Arrieta in free agency in the first place. Maybe he’s gonna add a cutter layer onto Alzolay’s slider … (Stray note, if you missed it: Alzolay will indeed have an additional option year this season.)

We got(?) to see Yu Darvish in his new duds today, and here’s Jon Lester in his:

At least it’s from behind and kinda at a distance? Doesn’t seem quite as final yet for that reason. Yup, I’m a weirdo.

Another look at Darvish, as well as Victor Caratini, in their new gear:

Good reminder here from an old friend:

Sometimes, when guys show up with HUGE velocity from the jump in Spring Training, it’s worth commenting on as a curiosity (because it could mean offseason gains and more to come; or it could mean a guy is simply particularly far along in his build-up progression, which could be a good or a tricky thing). But, yeah, being worried about velo in the first bullpen? That’d be a chuckle situation.

Spring Training throwback:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.