Spring Training 2012: Day 3

It’s amazing how fast five days can go. I feel like I just got here but only have 2 more days left. Thus far the trip has been very productive. The main objective is to gather content for our website, social media, video board and more.

On Tuesday morning at 9:15, ‘Cats manager Stubby Clapp will be a guest on Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland on FOX Sports 980. He’ll talk about last season, his time spent coaching Team Canada in the Pan-Am Games, the upcoming season and more. Make sure to tune in or listen online.

On Saturday at the Osceola County Stadium, the Astros hosted a split-squad game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1pm while the AA and AAA squads hosted the Detroit Tigers minor leaguers. One of the highlights from the day was when 2009-10 ValleyCat Ben Orloff got his first ever taste of major league action. Orloff was a defensive substitution for Jose Altuve in the top of the 8th inning in the Astros game against the Pirates, and he didn’t waste any time flashing some leather.

The first batter hit a ground ball up the middle and Orloff made a great diving stop and an even more impressive throw for the out. Then in the bottom of the inning, with the go-ahead run standing on third base, he hit a slow ground ball deep in the hole that the shortstop had to rush to field, making a late throw to first base not in enough time to nail Orloff. It went in the books as an RBI single, which was great to see since Ben is one of the nicest guys in the Astros minor league system, and works extremely hard on his game. He was a key member of the ‘Cats 2010 championship team and plays like a winner.

Here are some photos from Orloff’s first major league experience:

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More photos from the big league game:

J.A. Happ:

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J.D. Martinez:

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Brian Bogusevic:

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Jarred Cosart:

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Now some photos from the minor league side:

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The room where all the minor leaguers eat lunch before the 1pm scrimmages:

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Those on the road get to take a boxed lunch:

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Tomorrow the big league team is on the road, so I’ll be spending the day on the minor league side as the Astros & Braves Class-A teams play.

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