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Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

Prospect Notebook: Situational Pitching

After two weeks of watching bullpen sessions, live batting practice, fielding drills, and every other activity that wasn't a game, I was looking forward to the start of the schedule in minor league camp. That schedule started today, with the first three days listed as camp days. Usually that means intrasquad games at the end of practice. That was the case today, with two games taking place side by side.

I sat down in between the two fields ready to watch the games begin. My focus was on Colton Cain, going up against Gift Ngoepe, who was leading off the game. Cain threw a few pitches, and all of a sudden I was surprised to hear...

RUNNER!

Runner? What are they talking about? Sure enough, there was a base runner taking off from first, trying to steal second. Did I miss something? I watched Cain warming up, then I watched Gift step up to the plate. How is there a base runner?

It took me about ten seconds to realize what was happening. The runner, who was safe at second, was se...

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