Spring Notes: Yamamoto’s dominant debut, Pages has great all-around day, Buehler makes progress, more

Even though I posted the first Spring Training recap just this morning, when the next one would come was basically dependent on what Yoshinobu Yamamoto did in his Dodgers debut today. Well, you’re getting this post because it was thoroughly impressive.


Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Heck of a debut today for him, as he faced the minimum over two innings. Yamamoto struck out the first batter he faced, gave up a single, then erased it with a double play. In his follow-up, he got a pair of strikeouts on nasty looking splitters and got a fly out.

He was locked in enough that he forgot the outs and had to get directions from Shohei Ohtani.

As I said on Twitter, you can see what they meant about the command now. Every pitch from Yamamoto seems to be with purpose and the misses aren’t by much.

Gavin Lux

Hours after I wrote nice things about my hopes for Gavin, he finally got his first chance at shortstop and … well.

Could’ve gone better.

Max Muncy

An unexpected update is on Maximus, who got hit on the hand/wrist area. The team is optimistic that it’s not serious, but hell they always seem to be.

Walker Buehler

A pleasant Walker Buehler update today that helps me avoid slipping further into doomerism on his way back from elbow surgery. Even if those readings are in short bursts for now, it’s at least promising.

Daniel Hudson

Continuing his road back today, he gave up a single and then got squeezed on a walk, but did strikeout two batters.

Andy Pages

In terms of hot starts to the Spring, it was just nice to see Pages back in action, but today he really declared he was healthy. Pages smashed a no-doubt two-run homer to left, tripled off the wall in center, and also made a sliding catch in right.

Ricky Vanasco & Jose Ramos

Two prospects to watch this Spring that I mentioned previously, and both saw action today again. Ramos had just a cameo despite his torrid start, coming in for an at-bat and drawing a walk, which is actually nice because it’s part of what the Dodgers wanted to see from him. Meanwhile, Vanasco got a scoreless frame that included a strikeout, giving up just a single. I dunno man, every time I see him the stuff seems to play.


This probably won’t be a daily thing, but if you can’t get excited for Ohtani and Yamamoto, what can you?

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