Day 3 Recap: Action Packed Workout and a New Addition

Hector-Ambriz-AstrosDucks sign former Major Leaguer pitcher Hector Ambriz

Spring Training is officially in full swing! Monday was a day filled with a lot of meeting and greeting for the Ducks players and coaching staff, and Tuesday was a bit of a lighter workout day due to some rainy weather. On Wednesday, it was full speed ahead for the Flock. The team took the field under bright sunshine and temperatures reaching 70 degrees for the longest workout of camp thus far.

The day began with stretching followed by infield and outfield practice. After the players worked on drills at their respective positions, the entire team convened on the infield to begin work on bunt plays. For those who haven’t seen bunt plays in action, pitchers throw to the plate and then a ball is rolled out into the infield as a mock bunt. At that point, the catcher usually calls out where the ball should be thrown by the player that fields it. Before any of this, Manager Kevin Baez would tell his team which bunt play the team will be running beforehand, so that everyone knows which base to cover or where else to move upon the bunt.

After working on bunt plays, the team took a round of batting practice, with three different groups taking swings. Finally, several pitchers took the mound to throw some live batting practice. Among those that threw were:

-RHP Mickey Jannis, who has experience as a starter and reliever and can also throw a knuckleball
-RHP Ryan Kussmaul, who is slated to be the team’s closer
-RHP Amalio Diaz, a righty reliever that figures to be a late inning option
-LHP Carmine Giardina, a lefty reliever that can be used in later innings or as a matchup option

Aside from the longer workout, the other big news of the day was the addition of another pitcher to the roster. Wednesday’s signing was of right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz. The former Major Leaguer will begin his first season with the Ducks and in the Atlantic League. He has played four seasons at the game’s highest level with the Cleveland Indians (2010), Houston Astros (2012-13) and San Diego Padres (2014). In 96 career games, he has 87 strikeouts over 106 innings and two saves. The California native made his Major League debut on April 30, 2010 and tossed a scoreless inning of relief against the Minnesota Twins.

The 30-year-old has played eight seasons of professional baseball. In addition to playing with the Indians, Astros and Padres, he also spent time in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, reaching as high as Triple-A in 2009. In addition to pitching for the Padres in 2014, he appeared in 51 games with Triple-A El Paso, compiled a 3.93 ERA, 11 saves and 43 strikeouts in 53 innings of work. An alum of UCLA, Ambriz was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft.

The signing of Ambriz brings the total amount of pitchers in camp to 15 and the Spring Training roster to 28. To view the full roster, including player photos and jersey numbers, please CLICK HERE.

The Ducks also welcomed in a few members of the media to today’s workout. News 12 Long Island’s Kevin Maher was in attendance to speak with a few players and Baez. In addition, Newsday’s Jordan Lauterbach was also at the Duck Pond to chat with members of the team about the upcoming season. Be sure to tune into News 12 this evening to see Kevin’s story, and be sure to keep your eye on Newsday from now until the season begins next Friday, and of course, during the season as well, for news and notes about Long Island’s hometown team. Before we wrap up this post, here are a few photos from today’s workout:

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Posted on April 15, 2015, in Ducks News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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