Spring Training 2012 Updates

Posted: 5/9/2012

May 15, 2012

Pheasants manager Steve Shirley has tabbed his starting pitchers for the opening series against Sioux City. Mark Michael will get the ball on Opening Day. We caught up with Mark to get his thoughts as he gets ready:


On Friday, Andrew Liebel starts. Mitchell Clegg throws Saturday and Alan DeRatt on Sunday.

May 13, 2012

Another beautiful day of baseball weather. The Pheasants took part in a "sim game", which allows both hitters and pitchers to work in game-like situations.05-13-12_Pheasants_spring_training_004.png
Joe Anthonsen
takes a pitch during a sim game on Sunday.

A big challenge for the coaches is a short amount of time to determine who will make the roster. Pheasants pitching coach Mike Meyer gave Pheasants broadcaster Scott Beatty an update on the process:120513_01.MP3

May 12, 2012

Pheasants player went to Harmodon Complex and took batting practice before the youngsters participating in the SWAT tournament. Then the players signed autographs. Pictures are on our Facebook page.

May 11, 2012

The Pheasants traveled up to Huron (home of the world's largest Pheasant!) for their second and final exhibition with Sioux City. This time, the Pheasants came up short, 4-3.

May 10, 2012

After a morning workout, the Pheasants traveled down to Yankton for their first exhibition of the season, which ended in a 4-4 tie (only in exhibition baseball!). Jonny Kaplan had a lead off home run, and Trevor Lawhorn and Jared Bolden each had RBI hits.

Before the game, Pheasants players gave instructional clinics to youngsters.  You can see the photos at our Facebook page.

May 9, 2012

Today the Pheasants had batting practice and then staged a "sim game." It was opportunity for pitchers to get some work and for hitters to see live pitching.  As one player put it, you can only do so much BP before you have to "see it from 60 feet."

Today was also Media Day. Several area outlets were at the stadium meeting player and conducting interviews.

Pheasants broadcaster Scott Beatty caught up with one of the newest Pheasants, Cesar Nicolas: