Postcards From Surprise 3/7

Alright so a few things to tackle here today.  First things first…we’ve changed the name of the blog.  While I liked the creativity of connecting my Joe Mauer blogging experience with my new blog here with the Pelicans, I really liked the Beachbound & Down title I came up with for my Eastbound & Down related blogs.  I liked it so much I thought it would be a FAR better name for a blog than Springtime Sunchips…and it takes much less explaining.  So now that that’s out of the way, onto our Spring Training links parade:

Robbie Ross has been the talk of Surprise the last day

Lot of talk about former Pelican Robbie Ross at Rangers camp over the last couple days.  He performed really well in his most recent appearance, striking out two in a perfect inning against the D-Backs.  There have been some thoughts that Ross could make the big league club as a lefty out of the bullpen, but those rumors seem to have been put to bed, with the Rangers wanting to develop Ross more on his current track.

FW Star-Telegram: Robbie Ross and Martin Perez

SB Nation: Robbie Ross Video Update

Dallas Morning News: Ron Washington Talks Young Lefties

Mike Olt has also turned some heads lately.  The former Pelican isn’t in the mix to make the Rangers (Adrian Beltre might take issue with that), but he is in big league camp and having success.  The third baseman went 2-3 in yesterday’s game.

FW Star-Telegram: Olt Takes BP

MLB.com: Olt Makes Spring Debut at First Base

The lineups are posted for today’s Rangers game.  There will be a strong Pelican flavor with former Birds Joe Wieland and Miguel De Los Santos expected to pitch.  Wieland is throwing for the Padres, having been traded last year.  Roman Mendez is also expected to throw.  The pitcher was acquired for the Red Sox in a trade a few years back and should be on the Beach this year.

FW Star-Telegram: Line-ups In for Padres Game

Finally, we had a lot of chatter about pitcher Matt West in our last post.  He, however, has suffered a setback and will miss six weeks.

MLB.com: West Out Six Weeks With Sprained Elbow

Till Next Time,

Joel

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