Trevor Bauer’s offseason program is pretty high tech

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Indians starter Trevor Bauer resides somewhere between “get it together kid” and “don’t think, it can only hurt the ballclub.” He has amazing stuff and, at times, looks poised to break out as a star. At other times his command is lacking in pretty significant ways and his approach makes you scratch your head. He’s got a lot of pitches and he hasn’t always known when to throw what.

Which makes this article from Jordan Bastian at MLB.com pretty interesting. On one level it makes you wonder if a thing you often hear pitchers say — “keep it simple” — is being ignored. On the other hand, Bauer never strikes you like your typical pitcher, and you have to wonder if maybe this isn’t a better approach for a guy like him:

Bauer detailed one of the setups that he uses in the offseason. He will have a camera in each batter’s box mounted at eye level, so he can see the hitter’s perspective. Bauer also has a camera mounted from the center-field view in order to track the flight of the ball. He then films his pitches at 240 or 480 frames per second, and he can overlay the pitches on video to see variances in the movement.

There’s color-coding overlaid on all of that, as well as analysis of other pitchers like teammates Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar and Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman. It sounds pretty intense.

Proof is in the pudding, of course. And it’ll be really interesting to see if 2015 is the year Bauer truly breaks though the way so many have thought he might some day.

Mets’ McNeil carted off vs. Nats after crash into wall

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NEW YORK — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit.

McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball.

But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. He briefly tried getting up but only made it a few steps with a trainer and manager Luis Rojas before sitting back down.

McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.

The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and an update would be provided after the game.

McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games. He made the All-Star team last season and is a career .319 hitter in 212 games.

Billy Hamilton pinch-hit for McNeil in the bottom half of the inning.