SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brewers left-hander Aaron Ashby landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Feb. 1. It was a Tuesday. That meant it was a throw day, and with the MLB lockout ongoing, Ashby drove straight to North Scottsdale and laced up his spikes.
His destination was Notre Dame Preparatory High School, site of what became an unofficial Spring Training minicamp for Brewers players. It’s where the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Corbin Burnes, and the three-time NL Reliever of the Year, Josh Hader, threw the live batting practice sessions they needed to stay sharp. It’s where former first-round pick Keston Hiura put into practice the revised swing he hopes leads to a bounce-back season. And it’s where Ashby threw his first Arizona bullpen, fresh off an airplane.
Fellow Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff heard Ashby telling his story and chuckled at the rookie’s exuberance.
“Hey,” Ashby said, “I had to get my bullpen in.”
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