2.20: A's spring training -- Bob Melvin
Melvin talks about watching Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden throw off a mound Monday in Arizona.
Look at it Brett -- one. I don't want him to read this but you'd think he was he was rehabbing a knee injuries on his arm I -- we really were. I didn't expect to see the ball come out of him so he knows when he pitches and you know first day certainly. Seems like things tighten up and pretty. And credit to him is how well he's rehab. You have certain plan for him to. It. You know I leave that up to our people I think he's gonna throw one and we just what I understand this but. -- -- -- -- I think the same. This thing. Watched him we -- noble I thought Chelsea -- real -- too tight you know I know is his first bullpen he felt like was his best and then -- you know at times you get a little bit armor you overdo it a little bit sometimes there's some kinks next time it seemed like he was back on it and use it. Well finally got C Cologne out. First hand in how he makes the ball moved like that I don't know but. Quick arm you know even if he's always been a power pitcher at this age -- he remains a power pitcher here. It's pretty amazing that these accomplishing what he's accomplishing. You know this for a long in his career. And then just. The amount of good arms we have I mean even guys like Pedro Figueroa didn't know much about play. I had trouble fall in the ball it's got to the -- so quickly. Delivery all arms and legs and he's looked closer to the plate and -- jumped on in. You know Parker looked. You know just the thing I think I noticed most more so today is just the amount of good arms. -- he. Restrictions. I'm I'm from I'm hearing no restrictions. Okay. I really didn't. And that he's. You know you open -- -- she didn't know anything about is is it Tommy John Newton or anybody's injury history certainly wouldn't think there's. Was ever a problem hours on the there. No I enjoy it refer guys -- coming off Tommy John in the fast and he is. Lot of times. If you're breaking -- that you're not real comfortable cutting loose I think that was the case a little bit for him last year. When I talked him in the days he has no concerns about that anymore because when his breaking ball go and can check that off the box -- off the listed. You know there's always some trepidation and and now and when he doesn't have that. Problem anymore he's not thinking about Morgan just go out there and compete and do his thing. I'm glad -- at that point right now. You touched on everything else got it up again. Eight batting about. He let me go full speed but having to have them talking about going down. What does that say about -- and areas and take it is that part. What you want guys like that. I mean he did you want guys that are chomping at the bit they want to come out there and help the team as soon as possible when you sit back and process it you know even he. Can realize that he doesn't want to speed things. Too far robbery could. You know come up with a setbacks. Were comfortable worry isn't progress he's definitely got a chance to pull back as opposed to push so. You know I think he's aware that two I think you know you sometimes you get it. A silver linings somewhere you know he hasn't. First outing where he feels great men you know afterward didn't feel as good I think he realizes now it's it's not the right thing to do is push which we're so. You know the timetable still still remains the same I think he's a little bit more. Aware of it now as opposed to thinking OK maybe get ready for Japan and it's just -- case. Yeah several times. Were. Very impressed and he told me yesterday didn't feel like his -- was as good as his last couple. But boy you know you look at the command you look at the downhill played ball close out of his hand really. When you're four seam pitcher his four seamer using those guys are pitching up in the zone he pitches down in the zone. And really there are times in his ball looks like it's going to be lower and headed towards the dirt and almost straightened out. So he's got really good backs means mechanics are really that he stays behind the ball. Understands what what works for him and now. You know three good pitches it we will break involvement. It's kind of hybrid -- knuckle. Knuckle curve or whatever it has been almost a slider speed and a real good changeup. You know for a guy his ages. Is -- really aware of his strengths and weaknesses. We're not there. -- Well you can't help to have an opinion after you see a guy. But then once you get in the games it's it's you know it's it's a little clearer you see how to compete -- swings and having -- -- there. Are reacting. To them so. Yeah really then the next step will be when they're throwing to hitters you know. Our hitters in the -- and then the final processes once they start it out games against other teams. You know you always have an opinion that that. The more you see in the Morey had settlement -- here your true opinion is. How hard it's the -- I'm -- you're trying to work on things but they're also turn and you hit it and you know. I mean I can't tell you next time you. Well you give you one thing you would you want them to do is there's not try to impressionable fans because it's all about. You know getting. Getting the reps to where they're ready for for the season but when you're competing for a spot or your new guy coming in working. First look at him you can't help try to go after a little bit harder so. That's one thing you want to try to impress upon his listening academic team. Throwing bullpen once you get in the games and you get a mixture healthy in the game so they understand that. It. Had to happen so we'll deal. Away. Week. As a former catcher you really isn't put together that provision -- -- the New York City. I do. We you know we we feel like we know we're one and -- is going to be -- or Dallas ends up. That's number three and some guys a lot of good guys. Talented guys like the last couple spots -- and we're dallas' that could be three. For a little bit not too long that. So yeah you know we're where we feel like the whole we brought in very ordinary you the only way you can bring in -- like that it is straight. I profiled guys. Guys like -- we -- four guys or are we really needed to. To to improve the system and get get the volume of prospects in here and that's exactly what we've done it -- there. Some news reports I've -- we've gone from the bottom and system to a top tens so. That's what we're trying to do it definitely helped but it doesn't help that much -- here because -- -- -- Yeah you never know I don't you know Malone is ready to go I believe I think he boxer believes he has Parker believes he has. Certainly got free Tyson Ross is looking have a great camp so it's not like we don't. You know we're only look at a couple guys don't look at those two or three spots whatever it is there's. Quality guys in the number I'm thinking those thoughts I'm excited about that. -- I'm more you try no better night I was over on the other side I really have no comment right now. If and when I see the dreads flapping around you know I -- come around.