BRADENTON, Fla. - "They gotta keep working until they start getting feelings. This is about feelings."

Those words came from Francisco Cervelli's mouth, but this wasn't the latest recording of his 'That's Amore' segment for the PNC Park scoreboard. No, Cervelli was talking about what he's learned to be the best mentality to take into Spring Training.

After a long winter away from the diamond, it just takes time to find those "feelings" again, whether we're discussing pitching, hitting or fielding. Repetition surely provides comfort, but only if those are good reps.

That was a topic of conversation around Josh Bell's locker over the weekend inside the Bill McKechnie Clubhouse. After developing a reputation as a relentless seeker of swing truths -- sometimes even adjusting his mecha...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail