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2017 Spring Training Dates: When do pitchers and catchers report?

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2017 Spring Training Dates: When do pitchers and catchers report?

2017 Spring Training is right around the corner. MLB teams are starting to make preparations for sunny Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League) in order to start getting ready for the 2017 season.

The first step on the road to 2017 Opening Day is the official reporting of pitchers and catchers to their spring training sites. It's a date every baseball fan has circled and it's the first sign that baseball is upon us again. 

Here is a list of all first workout dates for every team

Note: Most organizations require their players to report to training a day prior to their first workout date.

Team Name: Pitchers & Catchers Workout Date/ Position Players Workout Date/ Spring Training Location

2017 National League Spring Traing Dates:

— Arizona Diamondbacks: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Atlanta Braves: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

— Chicago Cubs: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Mesa, Ari.

— Cincinnati Reds: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/Goodyear, Ari.

— Colorado Rockies: Feb. 14/ Feb. 20/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Los Angeles Dodgers: Feb. 16/ Feb. 21/ Glendale, Ari.

— Miami Marlins: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Jupiter, Fla.

— Milwaukee Brewers: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Phoenix, Ari.

— New York Mets: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Port St. Lucie, Fla.

— Philadelphia Philles: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Clearwater, Fla.

— Pittsburgh Pirates: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Bradenton, Fla.

— St. Louis Cardinals: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Jupiter, Fla.

— San Diego Padres: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Peoria, Ari.

— San Francisco Giants: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Scottsdale, Ari.

— Washington Nationals: Feb. 16/ Feb. 19/ West Palm Beach, Fla.

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2017 American League Spring Training Dates:

— Baltimore Orioles: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Sarasota, Fla.

— Boston Red Sox: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Lee County, Fla.

— Chicago White Sox: Feb. 14/ Feb. 18/ Glendale, Ari.

— Cleveland Indians: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Goodyear, Ari.

— Detroit Tigers: Feb. 14/ Feb. 18/ Lakeland, Fla.

— Houston Astros: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ West Palm Beach, Fla.

— Kansas City Royals: Feb. 14/ Feb. 17/ Surprise, Ari.

— Los Angeles Angels: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Tempe, Ari.

— Minnesota Twins: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Lee County, Fla.

— New York Yankees: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Tampa, Fla.

— Oakland Athletics: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Mesa, Ari.

— Seattle Mariners: Feb. 15/ Feb. 19/ Peoria, Ari.

— Tampa Bay Rays: Feb. 14/ Feb. 19/ Charlotte County, Fla.

— Texas Rangers: Feb. 15/ Feb. 21/ Surprise, Ari.

— Toronto Blue Jays: Feb. 15/ Feb. 18/ Dunedin, Fla.

 

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Davey Martinez says top prospect Carter Kieboom will have chance to start at third base

Davey Martinez says top prospect Carter Kieboom will have chance to start at third base

WASHINGTON -- Carter Kieboom will be provided every chance to be Washington’s starting third baseman next season. At least according to his manager.

Davey Martinez met with a small group of reporters Friday after a “Town Hall” event at SiriusXM’s downtown studios ( which airs Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio Channel). Third base was the prime topic afterward.

“He deserves a shot to make the team,” Martinez said. “We need to fill a void at third base, and we think he's appropriate. He can do the job. I wasn't at Winterfest, but the guys there said he put on about 15-20 pounds of muscle, so I'm looking forward to watching him play there.

"What I want to do, and I'm going to talk to him in the next few days, is just let him play third base and not move him all over the place and let him get used to playing third base and get him over there and see what we got.”

Washington was cornered into this gamble when Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson signed elsewhere. Asdrúbal Cabrera is the secondary option at third, Martinez said. Starlin Castro will remain at second base. Howie Kendrick could also play third base from time to time.

The Nationals will go from an MVP finalist and a top-3 defender at third base to a 22-year-old rookie, if Kieboom ends up the starter. He made nine starts at the position for Triple-A Fresno in 2019. Overall, he made 10 appearances at third and committed four errors. It’s a drastic shift in baseline for the defending World Series champions.

He's young, and I talked to [infield coach Tim Bogar] about getting him out there every day early and teaching him,” Martinez said. “The biggest thing about that is positioning, and I think once he learns how to play that position, and where to position himself, I think he's going to be OK. ... I want him to focus on defense. I think he's going to hit, but I think he really needs to focus on defense in spring training and then we'll go from there.”

Mike Rizzo recently called the position a “strength” despite their being no viable evidence for that claim. Kieboom is the organization’s top prospect, so he graces everyone with the intrigue attached to his potential -- his short-lived flop in the majors last season notwithstanding. Cabrera is a 34-year-old utility player who finished 2019 with a solid year after splurging at the plate when he joined the Nationals. The former could fail because of youth, the latter because of age. In the Nationals view, a prospect could blossom and a solid veteran is available for insurance.

“Asdrúbal’s going to play, and I talked to him,” Martinez said. “He's going to play third, some second, he'll play some first. He'll pinch-hit off the bench, which is kind of nice having a switch-hitter like him. What I like is we got options.”

The main one at third, in the middle of January, is Kieboom.

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Nationals will enter Spring Training in familiar territory with fifth-starter competition

Nationals will enter Spring Training in familiar territory with fifth-starter competition

For a team that rose to contention behind the strength of its pitching staff, the Nationals have never been afraid to leave the back end of their rotation up to chance.

It started with John Lannan vs. Ross Detwiler in 2012. Then Tanner Roark edged out Taylor Jordan for the fifth spot in 2014. AJ Cole and Erick Fedde battled it out for the fifth spot in 2018 before Jeremy Hellickson leapfrogged them both two weeks into the season.

This year, three familiar faces will be in the mix for that coveted No. 5 spot: Fedde, Austin Voth and Joe Ross. All three pitched in hybrid spot-starter/long-relief roles while jumping back and forth between the minors and major leagues. Each had their struggles but also showed flashes of what their potential could be.

“It was a year where I got to do a lot in the sense of starting and relieving,” Fedde said at the Nationals’ annual WinterFest event last weekend. “Kind of just been the same old role of whatever I can do to help this team. It’s a benefit to be on a winning team where they just try to fit you in wherever you can help. Just trying to taking things one step at a time this year.”

Fedde started his career higher on prospect rankings than his fellow competitors did, but he’s mostly failed to deliver on that promise in three years since breaking into the majors. In 2019, his up-and-down performances continued, with four quality starts mixed in with three outings in which he allowed 5+ runs.

But the biggest hurdle to Fedde making the Opening Day squad might be his rare fourth option. Both Ross and Voth are out of options heading into 2020, meaning the Nationals must place them on waivers if they don’t make the active roster out of Spring Training. Fedde, despite being optioned in three separate seasons, accumulated a fourth option due to his lack of service time at the major-league level.

So that puts the spotlight on Voth and Fedde. With the addition of the 26th man to the active roster this year, the Nationals have already said they’ll be expanding their bullpen to eight pitchers. That means the loser of the fifth-starter competition likely gets relegated to a relief role.

“I’ve done both before,” Voth said at WinterFest. “Obviously, I’m used to starting more often but if I was a reliever as well, long-relief guy, I’d be fine with that. Just want to have a role on this team and be a part of this team.”

Based on last season’s results alone, Voth would appear to be the frontrunner heading into the spring. The former fifth-round pick posted a respectable 3.30 ERA and 9.1 K/9 over nine appearances (eight starts) in what qualified as his rookie season. A shoulder issue prevented him from making the World Series roster, but he insists he’s healthy heading into this year.

Voth’s injury paved the way for Ross to make the World Series roster and thus fill in for Max Scherzer in Game 5 after the ace was scratched with a neck spasms. He pitched admirably for being given the ball on both short notice and short rest. Overall, Ross’ 2019 numbers weren’t stellar, but he was also in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.

Both pitchers will enter Spring Training looking to showcase improvements they’ve made over the offseason. For Voth, he wants to improve the effectiveness of his sliders against righties, working to increase its depth and add more velocity to better differentiate it from his curveball. For Ross, he will look to show that he’s fully healthy and capable of returning to his 2016 form when he made 19 starts and accrued a 3.43 ERA.

Fedde shouldn’t be counted out, but he’ll have to have a lights-out start to Spring Training in order to garner serious consideration. The Nationals probably have more roster questions entering this season than they’ve had in a long time, but the fifth-starter competition is a game they’ve certainly played before.

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