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Games start on Monday, March 13 for minor leaguers. So, the minor leaguers will be split into teams and play other organizations minor league teams (just like the big leaguers are doing now essentially.)
The following timeline is what spring training has looked like for minor leaguers thus far before the games start. And once games start, just add ‘play game’ after lunch to the list. Also, keep in mind this is the schedule seven days a week unless given (the rare) off day.
6 a.m. – Wake-up alarm starts going off
6:30 a.m. – Leave for the field
7 a.m. – Eat breakfast
7:20 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. – Neuroscouting…Nueroscouting is a “game” which simulates a pitch being thrown, and it scores based on reaction time and decision-making. Nueroscouting is played by tapping the space bar when a player would usually swing in a game.
7:30 a.m. – Change clothes and begin prep work/treatment – Prep work includes rolling out, hot tub to get body warm, ankle mobility exercises, etc. Prep work is specific for each player, and whatever they need to do to get ready for the day. Treatment includes anything with the trainers.
8 a.m. – One of two things take place depending on the day. 1) Open cages to go hit in the cages to get swing warmed up. 2) Meetings...Meetings have ranged from anywhere to insurance to domestic violence to security (who players put on the pass list, who you hang out with, etc.) Some days the meetings are specific to positions. For example, pitchers/catchers, infielders and outfielders are split up to talk about shifting positions (putting self in best position for ball to be hit to self, depends on the hitter) for infielders, positioning before a pitch (depends on the hitter) for outfielders and pitch sequences/attacking a hitter/pitches that are or are not working/a lot of other things for pitchers and catchers.
9 a.m. – Group stretch and conditioning
9:20 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. – Rest and recovery
9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. – The time here depends on the day also. Every day three stations take place including base running/sliding, fielding and hitting. For fielding, several different drills are completed followed by the typical ground balls being hit and throws to first and turning double plays. (Side note: I’m easily amused, but I’m always mesmerized how there are three different coaches hitting ground balls at the same time, and everyone lives. And every player makes the play. 99% of the time. Matt says it’s not as confusing as it looks. Each coach is hitting to one position. Professional baseball.) For hitting, each field has three different groups. One shagging, one practicing leadoffs/base running, and one taking batting practice (BP). Each group hitter gets four rounds with five pitches each round during BP.
Some days, players take live BP off of big leaguers. Live BP is pitcher throwing to batter just like in a game but just pitcher, catcher and batter on the field.
12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. – The time here varies with each player and day as well. The guys go to the clubhouse and eat lunch. The players are required to complete two workouts in the gym each week. After workout or lunch depending on the day, the players get more treatment if needed and whatever else post training exercises/stretches/etc. need to be done.
Minor leaguers say spring training is three times harder than the season because so much is going on and competing for a spot. Which is why Matt is ready to go bed by 9 p.m. (SUPER early for him normally) every night.
In the wise words of Rihanna, “work work work work work work.”
Jesica’s note: This timeline is based on what Matt Beaty and Kyle Garlick shared. And as always is unique to the Dodgers organization.
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