The South Georgia Peanuts Professional Baseball Club, presented by
Security Bank, held its first ever practice on Tuesday morning. Most of
the players reported to Albany on Monday and took physicals at the
On Tuesday, the day started off with an 8:30 meeting where manager Wally
Backman, his coaching staff and Peanuts front office staff addressed the
players. The team then took the field at 9:00. After 45 minutes of
stretching and throwing, the team spent a little more than an hour
performing fundamental drills. The morning practice ended with an hour of
batting practice for the position players while the pitchers ran a
three-mile road course.
Right off the bat, Backman made it very clear the type of team he is
looking to field.
“It’s an exciting brand of baseball,” The Peanuts Skipper said. “This team
will be similar to the mid 80’s Cardinals teams. We have tremendous speed
on our club. We are going to steal a lot of bases. We are going to hit and
run when pitchers are quick to the plate. We are going to force the
defense to make mistakes.”
The first day of spring training always includes players getting a feel
for each other. While Backman has seen many of the players on the roster,
there are also a substantial number of guys who he is getting his first
look at. Backman was pleased overall with the effort the team put out on
the first morning but there was one guy who really stood out.
“Jasha Balcom was very impressive,” Backman said. “There were some other
guys that impressed me as well but Jasha is a kid that really stood out.
He has a lot of tools. I don’t want to say he is not a five-tool player as
he has a little pop, he hit a few home runs today but he is really a
line-drive, speed type hitter.”
Spring training will continue on Wednesday. The team will workout from
9:00 to 12:05. All spring training practices are open to the public.
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