SARASOTA, Fla. – In the second day of minicamp, six pitchers threw in front of manager Buck Showalter.
Four of them were left-handers: Jeff Beliveau, Donnie Hart, Ariel Miranda and Ashur Tolliver. Right-handers Parker Bridwell and Andrew Triggs also threw.
Showalter won’t be on hand for the final day of the three-day camp. He left Sarasota on Tuesday afternoon to speak at an autism awareness event sponsored by B.J. Surhoff at Towson University’s SECU Arena on Wednesday.
Along with three of his coaches, pitching coach Dave Wallace, bullpen coach Dom Chiti and bench coach John Russell, who lives in nearby Bradenton, Showalter enjoyed watching the young pitchers work.
“Donnie Hart had a big year. I wanted to see him while he's down here and let him know that we're thinking about him a little bit. He's made a couple adjustments. He's on the wrong side of the rubber. But maybe, maybe not. We'll see,” Showalter said.
“Tolliver's got a good, quick arm. We were worried about losing him in the Rule 5 Draft. He might be the Mychal Givens that was available in the Rule 5 Draft and nobody took him."
Tolliver has been invited to major league camp. It will give Showalter an opportunity to become more familiar with him and others.
"We know a lot about them long before they got here. I've watched tape on every one of these guys throwing. If you're telling a guy let's take it easy, wherever you are in the program, do what you're going to do. Miranda's not turning it loose. He's been down here for a while,” Showalter said.
“It's not like the first time I've seen them. It's the first time I've seen some of them in person. But with a few exceptions, I've seen just about all these guys pitch in person. They might not have known I was there. And I watch tape on them during the season."
NOTES: Gavin Floyd, who the Orioles have some interest in, did not accept an invitation to throw at minicamp. … Christopher Lee, a left-hander who was one of the pitchers added to the 40-man roster, will not throw this week. Nor will last year’s Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia.
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