Trying to learn how to walk like the heroes
The Tribe’s annual winter development program for Minor Leaguers begins today, with 13 players participating.
They are: right-handers Hector Ambriz, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Judy, Yohan Pino, Zach Putnam, Jeanmar Gomez, Carlton Smith and Gonnor Graham, left-handers Scott Barnes and Kelvin De La Cruz, infielders Jason Donald and Carlos Rivero, outfielder Nick Weglarz.
The program, now in its 15 year, aims to get the players acclimated to the big-league operation by involving them in classroom sessions with Tribe coaching staff members, physical conditioning programs and fundamental work. For guys like Ambriz, Barnes, Carrasco, Graham and Donald, all of whom were acquired last year, this is a good way to get further adjusted to their new surroundings.
The players will be here in Cleveland this week before spending next week at the player development complex in Goodyear, Ariz. They’ll hear from several guest speakers, including Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons (who, in case you missed it, joined the MLB.com team this month) and St. Ignatius head football coach Chuck Kyle.