MESA, Arizona — Let me start with what I missed on Field 1, as I went to the back fields when I arrived at the Sloan Park complex Saturday morning:
Cool to watch these guys work at their craft. Bryant/Russell taking grounders covering all situations. Coming in on the ball, turning to throw to each base, taking bad hops etc. Everything. pic.twitter.com/hsOUWAz4cq— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) February 17, 2018
“I love watching Q, man,” Lester said. “I love watching his tempo. His tempo never changes. It can be shit hitting the fan, stuff going on. Never changes. He’s the same guy. Kind of like Kyle [Hendricks]. We’re similar pitchers, but at the same time, we’re very different. So having that lefty to look at and see what he does, pick up on things, it’s nice. I love everything that he does. He prepares, he works his butt off and he’s fun to watch.”
This is one of many reasons these Cubs are so easy to root for. They are supremely talented. They appear to be good human beings. And they work hard at their craft, never satisfied.
Much of the rest of the workout was similar to what I saw Wednesday, except in better weather, sunny with temps in the mid 60s. The same three pitcher drills (comebackers, bunts, cover-first) were taking place, with different pitchers than Wednesday, so I took some video of those. Most prominent in these was Mike Montgomery, though I also saw Justin Wilson in the cover-first drill.
Then I went over to field 2, where there was just enough room for me to see the edge of where Cubs pitchers were throwing bullpen sessions. Below you’ll see video of Carl Edwards Jr. throwing to Willson Contreras.
Lastly, there was some BP happening on field 2, where I was able to shoot one short video of Kyle Schwarber hitting. He really does look different. In this case the usual spring training term, “Best Shape Of His Life,” might actually be true.
The first official full-squad workout is scheduled for Monday, though there’s a slight chance of showers that day. After nearly two weeks of temperatures in the 80s in the Phoenix area, it’s been coolish the last week. Hopefully things warm up and clear out by the time the Cubs play their first spring game this coming Friday against the Brewers at Maryvale.
Here are today’s short workout videos.