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February 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Watch Michael Saunders swing his 60-ounce bat

Michael Saunders did indeed go out for batting practice and I was there to see him deploy the 60-ounce bat that I wrote about in the prior post.
You can see Saunders using it in this BP session.
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Another hitter in his grouping was Vinnie Catricala, the Class AA minor leaguer with the power swing. There has been talk that the M’s will convert Catricala to the outfield, but manager Eric Wedge said moments ago that the team will look at him at third base this spring.
“We’re going to see him a lot at third base in regards to the reps that he’s taken,” Wedge said. “We want to get a good look at him there. We’ll take a good look at him in the outfield as well. We like the way he swings the bat. We like his size. He has a presence about him that I think you have to like in any young player. It’s his first camp with us, so we’re not going to fast forward anything. But we’re going to take a good look at him.”


Catricala was taken in the 10th round of the 2009 draft and has quickly made his presence felt. The 23-year-old Sacramento native hit .347 with a .420 on-base-percentage and .632 slugging percentage in 276 plate appearances at AA Jackson.
He’s been promoted there after hitting .351 with a .996 on-base-plus-slugging percentage at Class A High Desert.
So, add his name to the third base mix both in the majors and minors as the team searches for a long-term answer at the position.

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