Tingler’s Ideas: First Full-Squad, Roster Versatility, Kim, Pham and Followers within the Stands
The Padres held their first full-squad exercise of spring coaching Monday and Jayce Tingler’s first impressions topped the discussions throughout the supervisor’s each day media ZOOM on Tuesday.
“This time of the year, there is a lot of excitement,” stated Tingler. “Obviously, there was a lot of buzz before we got everyone together with the Fernando Tatis Jr. signing. We parlayed that with the group getting up and going. The first few days of spring training, you have the natural energy and excitement of everyone getting together.
“The simple message is prepare and hard work … focus on the details. We didn’t go full throttle yesterday because we had physicals for position players. It was a long day. We wanted to knock some rust off. Even though Monday was the first official day, we’re looking a little more full-go spring workout today.
“All but one player will be full-go today. The only one not here is (Jurickson) Profar, who is going through a Visa situation. We expect him to fly out the next day or two. We expect him in practice this weekend. We’ve known about this … no concern.”
One of many issues Tingler likes about these Padres is roster versatility.
“We’re an athletic group,” stated Tingler. “We think we have guys who are dynamic and can do some different things. That gives us a lot of flexibility in games to make some moves and decisions. It gives us flexibility if we have someone or two guys go down for whatever reason. The more options we have is a good thing.
Speaking of options, Tingler said he will look at infielders Jake Cronenworth and Ha-Seong Kim spending some of the spring in corner outfield spots. “I feel confident both those guys could run out there … Jake did it some in camp last spring. We’re going to look at some infielders at the corners.”
Tingler particularly mentioned Kim and Tommy Pham:
On Kim: “He’s done a great job transitioning over right now. He has checked out well in all the drills we’ve done. He’s done great in the live batting practice settings. He’s athletic. His bat stays in the zone for a long period of time. He’s been impressive the first couple days of camp. We want him to get as comfortable with the environment as we can. We knew his game is pretty solid. He seems to be in a really good place. I have huge respect for him. Bobby (Dickerson) is one of the best infield instructors in the game. Kim has passed all of Bobby’s tests so far and sometimes those aren’t easy tests to pass.”
On Pham (who was troubled by an elbow situation final yr): “His throwing program looks solid. He’s having some good days and some where he is feeling it a bit. He is better on the throwing side this year than he was last year. I think he’s in pretty good shape right now and for the last three practices, he’s improved at the plate. He’s starting to feel more comfortable with his swing. All we want to see from Tommy right now … just keep moving forward and hopefully we limit the setbacks.”