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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My day in Bradenton (with lots of video)

Instead of staying in Tampa to watch Derek Jeter, I ventured over to Bradenton for the second day in a row. On Friday it was to watch the Trenton group. Saturday it was to get to see Jose Campos for the first time since last spring's final day. 

However, while talking to Nardi Contreras on Friday afternoon, he mentioned that while Campos is fine and dandy, a newly 19-year-old fireballer named Luis Severino was the one I should watch. Boy, was he right. 

Campos was definitely very good. He sported a fastball that sat between 89-91 all day and touched 92 once. He coupled that a pair of nice breaking pitches that he used to keep the Pirates' farmhands off-balance. He worked quickly and threw effortlessly. He'll probably wind up back at Charleston to start the year. You can watch his entire outing below. 

Severino, however, was magnificent. Easy 92-96 mile per hour gas over 2 1/3 scoreless innings, coupled with a power slider and a change-up that hit as high as 90 miles per hour. At one point, a Pirates coach walked by and said that "when he releases the ball, it seems like it's already five feet closer." Once again, you can watch his entire outing below. (Yes, it's 12 minutes long, but it's worth it.) He got $225,000 as part of the Yankees' class of international signees and allowed just 46 hits in 64 1/3 DSL innings last season. He's not on any prospect lists I've seen, but he will be very soon.

Also saw lefty Rony Bautista for the first time today. My thoughts? That is a massive human being. Absolutely massive. Here, take a look for yourself.

He was paired in the pen next to Corey Black, who is a damn fine prospect himself. However, he's not very tall, so it was kind of funny to watch them throw side by side. Here's a few pitches from Black.

In news from the higher minors, David Adams got into his first game all spring. He hit in the morning, which you can see below, then played with the Trenton squad. Worth noting that he also played the field, as good an indicator as any that he'll be ready to go once the season kicks off.

Other videos of note, which can be found below, include Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez and Brady Lail. Williams and Sanchez were in the Tampa game, and Lail finished out the Charleston game. Weather permitting, there will be a camp day tomorrow at 10 a.m. over at the complex. Jeter might be there again, so that could be interesting.


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