Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.” He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610. The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.
Royals Spring Training Blog For Sun, 3/11
by Robert Ford,posted Mar 11 2012 10:00PM
Today wasn’t a good day for Royals lefthander Mike Montgomery against the A’s in Phoenix. He was scheduled to pitch three innings, but he was pulled after 2/3 of an inning, allowing five runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Montgomery seemed to be throwing as hard as he usually does, but all of his fastballs appeared to be up in the zone, and the Oakland hitters teed off. It was certainly a step back for Montgomery after an encouraging first spring outing. However, it’s important to remember two things: 1) it’s one spring outing and 2) Montgomery is only 22 years old and already has a full season at Triple A under his belt. It was unlikely Montgomery was going to break camp with the Royals anyhow, especially considering his struggles at Omaha last season. But, there’s still plenty of time for Montgomery to get on the right track.
It can be difficult to judge an outfielder’s defense because it may be several days before you see an outfielder get a chance to show off his range or his arm. Today, Lorenzo Cain looked outstanding in centerfield. Throughout camp, I’ve thought Cain’s done a nice job reading balls off the bat, but today, he had to cover quite a bit of ground on a few different plays. Cain’s most impressive play came in the second, when he had to range far into deep left-centerfield to track down a drive off the bat of Seth Smith, fully extending his left arm to make the catch. I think Royals fans are going to enjoy watching Cain patrol Kauffman Stadium’s spacious centerfield this summer.
Jonathan Broxton also saw his first spring training action today, but not against Oakland. The righthander pitched in a B game against the Rangers in Surprise. B games are common early in spring training, before the pitching staffs are pared down, because they’re a way to get more pitchers some work. Broxton didn’t pitch after May 3rd last season because of an elbow injury, so the Royals have been taking it slow with him, especially since he’s all but assured of a spot on the Opening Day roster. Not surprisingly, Broxton looked rusty. He was throwing in the mid 90s, like he usually does, but his command was off. He did show a good slider that darted out of the zone (he used that slider to strike out Adrian Beltre), but he didn’t throw an off-speed pitch for a strike which isn’t surprising after a long layoff. Hopefully for Royals fans, Broxton looks better when he pitches in his first spring training “A” game later this week.