Like Javier Baez, Gadiel just had a baby, and he initially blanched at the notion of going to Washington.“He didn’t want to come up and leave his family,” Javier said.Pitchers are expected to back up bases after allowing hits, in the off chance that a throw could get away.Outfielders will usually move to cover for each other on balls hit into the gap, just in case.Alex Bregman: He has an unusual batting practice regimen.“In my first round,” he said Saturday, “I try to hit line drives the other way. I’m not going to be using any extra time because I’m not going to be hitting them 440 feet.”Max Muncy: Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward will throw to Muncy.
Bryce Harper: As of Saturday, there was hope that Ron Harper, his father, would pitch to Bryce in the Derby, but that is not locked in.
After Hoskins got word confirming his participation, he called Truby, who was “pretty stoked about it, ecstatic about it.”Kyle Schwarber: Mike Sinicola, who has thrown batting practice to Schwarber in the Tampa, Florida, area in the offseason the past three or four years, will throw to Schwarber in the Derby.
Sinicola is a real estate agent who played college baseball, and during the most recent offseason the two mused about doing the Derby together.
“I told him that this is a special moment, and if we don’t do this together now, we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity again. I pretty much made him come.”He and Gadiel used to throw batting practice to each other when both were in high school, growing up in Jacksonville, Florida. “He knows my timing, with my leg kick.”I asked him if he thought Gadiel would be nervous.
“Maybe, a little bit.”In Baez’s normal batting practice session, he said, he’ll initially look to hit ground balls between first and second.