Spring Training 2013: Day 4 Rainy Recap

I can now say that I’ve witnessed the severity of tropical Florida storms. All over the Orlando area on Sunday received severe storms, tornado warnings, heavy winds and a good amount of rain. It had been overcast most of the morning, with a few breaks of sunshine during the early afternoon before giving away to torrential downpours and tropical force winds and rain (my inner meteorlogist at work).

The major league game ended up being called in the fifth inning, an official game with the Astros on top 4-1. The winning pitcher? None other than 2010 Tri-City ValleyCat David Martinez. He was making his first start ever for the major league squad during spring training. Martinez had made one relief appearance earlier this spring. He gave up one earned run on eight hits over four innings of work. Most importantly, he didn’t walk a batter and struck out Justin Ruggiano and Nick Green.



Since it was a camp day for the minor leaguers, they finished early enough for many of them to catch Martinez’ start. That list included good friends and former ‘Cats Carlos Quevedo and Juri Perez.



The Astros were hosting the Miami Marlins, and it was nice to see their new hitting coach, “Bam-Tino” Martinez. I grew up a huge New York Yankees fan and Tino was one of the biggest stars during their incredible run between 1996-2000.



Meanwhile, the minor league camp day featured an interesting storyline in Jordan Lyles.  He started during one of the intersquad scrimmage games and an intriguing matchup came versus Carlos Correa. He looped a ball into left center during his first at-bat and hit a triple down the right field line during his second. I can see how Correa was a number one pick, as he just looks like a big leaguer. Although it does help that he can really smack the ball and play great defense.


Following the short scrimmage games, I was able to snap a great photo of five ValleyCats from the historic 2012 season:

(Lance Day, Brady Rodgers, Travis Ballew, Catfish Elkins and Joe Bircher)

(Lance Day, Brady Rodgers, Travis Ballew, Catfish Elkins and Joe Bircher)

The full day in photos is below. I will try and post parts of my interviews with Stubby Clapp, Jesse Wierzbicki, Andrew Aplin & Catfish Elkins before I leave on Tuesday.


Jordan Lyles on the bump


Non-starters watching all the action, along with ValleyCats 2013 pitching coach Doug White.


‘Cats 2013 hitting coach Russ Steinhorn, and manager Ed Romero also catching the game action.

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Marlins manager Mike Redmond speaks with the media.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond speaks with the media.


Tino Martinez, the new Marlins hitting coach.


Houston Astros mascot, Orbit poses with a Braves fan.





What about your Batting Champion, Tyler Heineman?

I’ll definitely be speaking with him before I leave.

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