Talking pitching with Mat Latos …
That’s Mat, with one T. And Latos is pronounced Laa-tos, not Lay-tos. OK, with that out of the way, I thought I would ask Latos, regarded as the brightest arm in the Padres farm system, a few question before Wednesday’s charity game against the Seattle Mariners.
I watched Latos throw a bullpen session earlier in the day, as pitching coach Darren Balsley watched closely. I’m not going to lie: This electric arm I’ve been hearing a lot about, it’s true. Latos can flat out bring it and his command looked pretty good at times. I know he worked during the off-season on his changeup, so we might see some of that Friday when he pitches against the Indians in Goodyear.
Otherwise, we’re settling in here at the Peoria Sports Complex for the game. It’s kind of fun to be back here. I think it signals another completed chapter in the spring: The workouts are all but over (they still drill in the morning) and now we’re moving on with games.
Some news from today:
We’re still waiting to hear if new catcher Henry Blanco will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic or not. He was listed on the roster yesterday, though there’s a thought he might skip it to stay in Arizona and learn a new staff. Manager Bud Black said either way, Blanco will be fine.
Second baseman Matt Antonelli reported a sore right knee on Wednesday morning. “We’re still not quite sure what it is,” Black said. Antonelli didn’t play Wednesday and was getting treatment on the knee from the training staff. It doesn’t sound super serious.
Jake Peavy will start today’s game and throw one inning. He’ll start again on March 1 before leaving for Florida to join Team USA in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.