Troy Patton - Baltimore - How many lefty's in the O's bullpen is too many?
"That's too far down the line to be speculating on," he said. "I tell you this: We did OK with one left-hander down there, and the reason was the six right-handers were pitching well. That's just conventionally set up, and I'm not married to that. We'll take our best seven guys down there.....Those things can fluctuate depending on who your starters are.J.R. Towles - Cardinals - is really a long shot to make the major league roster.
"I think it comes more into play when your starters are predominantly right-handed that you need a second left-hander, preferably to be a long reliever. I think Patton is capable of doing both. I think he can pitch long and short, especially with his starting pitching background."
Felipe Paulino - Royals - is about a week away from throwing off the mound and is still slated to return at the All Star Break. He is recovering from Tommy John Surgery.
Juan Gutierrez - Royals - had a great winter ball campaign in Venezuela. He was named the closer of the year in the LVBP. Gutierrez talked about the impact the injury from 2011 that required Tommy John surgery had on him.
"I matured a lot," he said. "It was the kind of pitcher that threw hard as I did not worry about working, by lifting weights and stuff. With rehabilitation forced me to work hard and now that I have become routine. I strengthened my muscles, I improved as a player and I learned that you have to work very hard to keep. " (via google translate)According to reports during winterball, his fastball was back to 93 mph. He is not on the 40 man roster but has a shot at making the team out of camp with a solid spring.
Fernando Abad - Nationals - might get a look as a starter in Nationals camp.