There are a lot of opinions, some of them very strong, about Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer. Love him, hate him, indifferent about him – he likes to have a good time. And without baseball taking place, he’s been pouring a lot of his time that isn’t spent training into his youtube channels (Momentum, Trevor Bauer’s personal channel). Late last week he mixed both of those things when he and teammate Derek Dietrich met up in the desert for some live batting practice that they recorded from multiple angles.
If you didn’t watch the video yet, you should. And here’s your spoiler alert now – so if you want to know the results before you continue reading, stop now and hit play on the video.
In the interaction between the two Cincinnati Reds teammates, it is Trevor Bauer that came out ahead. That’s not too surprising, though. Bauer, as a pitcher, is almost always going to have an advantage over a hitter who hasn’t seen live, high-end pitching in a while like the case is for Dietrich.
Speaking of Derek Dietrich – he’s one of the players who could benefit the most from the expanded rosters in 2020 that may be as large as 30 players. After his second half last season he was on the fringes of making the 26-man roster with a solid or better spring. With a few extra roster spots available his chances likely increased – though he’ll still have some work to do in whatever iteration of “spring” training we see this year.