Rainy Day Postscript
Rain shortened Saturday’s workout, but Rays manager Joe Maddon said all of the pitchers got in their throwing. Jeremy Hellickson was among the pitchers who threw, affording Maddon a chance to pay some attention to the highly regarded prospect.
Among the manager’s observations of Hellickson, “he’s easy” and “quick arm.”
Maddon surmised: “Seems to have a nice feel for what he’s doing out there.”
Maddon told reporters that new hitting coach Derek Shelton did his homework in finding out how many Spring Training at-bats the Rays’ main hitters had when they put together their best seasons. Maddon said he will try to make sure that the hitters have roughly the number of at-bats this spring they had when they had their best seasons. For most that number was 60 to 70 at-bats, but “one or two will have 70-plus at-bats.