The Pirates have named Andrew Lambo the Minor League Player of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Andrew Lambo Looking Better at First Base Today

Last night I wrote that Andrew Lambo was having problems in a drill where the infielders were skipping balls in the dirt, trying to get them past him. The drill was done once again today, and Lambo looked much better. A key difference between the two days was that yesterday players were throwing as hard as they could, and throwing wild intentionally, trying to skip a ball past Lambo. As I mentioned, Travis Ishikawa handled the same drill well, so it wasn’t impossible.

Today’s drill had the two first basemen simulating actual first base moves. They ran over to the bag and waited for the throw, rather than standing on the bag like yesterday. The players were also throwing as if they would throw to first base, aiming to one hop the ball when Lambo got to the bag. As I said, the results were much better today, and I got some video below, which includes one really nice pick from Lambo on the fourth throw.

Here is a photo of Clint Hurdle and Jeff Branson watching Lambo taking ground balls, rotating with Ishikawa.

In non-Lambo news, here was catching prospect Wyatt Mathisen taking a few swings in the batting cages.

Charlie Morton doing his throwing program this morning.

Jim Benedict giving some instruction. Wandy Rodriguez is doing his throwing program in the same picture.

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  • johnrussellskinner

    Snag #4 was AWESOME!

    • leefoo


  • weltytowngang

    It is really nice to see baseball pictures again. Like a soothing feeling.

  • buster09

    Not too sure I like those pictures at Pirate City with the sweats and hoodies Tim ! No ice cream for me at Mixon’s ! Hopefully by the time I get there it is a little more the way I like it ! 70 to 75 deg.

    • leefoo

      buster…NEVER too cold for ice cream. Just turn the heater on in the car, or eat it with hot chocolate.

      • johnrussellskinner

        agreed foo

    • glassers

      I was thinking the same thing . Hard to go past Mixons without stopping for their orange ice cream .

  • Mr. Goodkat

    In my personal experience, that was the hardest part of transitioning from outfield to 1B.

    I was a pretty awful 1st basemen in general, but fielding choppers and errant throws from a stand-still position was the worst. Having to move to make the play made it much easier, for whatever reason.

    Hope he picks it up quick! Fielding wont matter much if he doesn’t hit though…still skeptical. Intrigued — but skeptical.

  • jon6er

    Maybe they should head to Pirate City in the Dominican Republic for a couple of weeks, lol. Looks awful cold there.

  • AlvarezRiverBall

    “Skipping the ball” would actually be called “scoop drills” or “short hop drills.” College first baseman here.

    • Tim Williams

      I believe they were calling it short hop.

  • AlvarezRiverBall

    And he looks good for little experience. The idea is to start your glove low against the dirt and cover the hop. Most inexperienced players will start sort of low and poke their glove at the ball. He’s not doing that. Footwork around the bag will be the biggest challenge.

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