Dec. 19, 2012
Days 1 & 2
Not in Kansas Any More
Kansas Jayhawks are spending eight days in the Dominican
Republic. Kansas will play eight games during their trip, mixing
in charitable efforts along the way. Head coach Ritch Price
(pictured below) will check in each day with thoughts on the
(Photo by Jeff Jacobsen/KAI)
5 – Wednesday
four games in three days, I gave most of our experienced players
the day off and gave our young guys a chance to play against the
Cleveland Indians’ Dominican Academy. The game went about as I
expected it to. I really like our freshman class; I think they
have potential, but I think they have a long way to go to be
able to play in the Big 12 Conference. They got a glimpse of
The young man who started for the Indians today,
Gabriel Vizcaino, is 16-years old, but he was sitting at 92-94
mph and touched 96. He’s got a special arm.
We got dominated at the plate by him and two of
the other Indians’ pitchers and we didn’t play that well
defensively. It was like I told our guys afterwards, it’s a
tremendous learning experience for those guys, because a lot of
them think they’re ready to play, but they got exposed big time.
Our coaching staff has its work cut out for us.
We’re going to have to continue grind and work hard and
hopefully we can get those guys to make the progress that
they’re going to need to in order to contribute for us as our
It’s shocking to think that it’s already
Wednesday. Our days have been filled with leaving at 8 a.m. each
morning and then not returning until 6 or 7 o’clock at night. I
gave the players the afternoon off today so they could go to the
beach and have some downtime. It’s well-deserved for them.
I’d like to thank John Mirabelli, who is the
Scouting Director and Assistant General Manager of the Cleveland
Indians. He helped us set up these games with Ramon Pena, who is
the Director of the Dominican Republic Academy. Both of those
gentlemen were there today and they have both treated us
So far, this trip has been a one-in-a-lifetime
experience for all of us. We’re looking forward to getting back
at it tomorrow.