JJ Bleday prepares to head back to work, his brother helping along the way.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -It's just about time for Mosley alum JJ Bleday to be getting back to the business of working his way up the ladder.
Bleday, who was the Marlins first round pick in 2019, spent time last summer with the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Marlins Single-A team in the Florida State League last summer. He was going to start there this season.
Then came the lockdown, and JJ came back home to work out while waiting for the call to go back south.
With Major League baseball now settled on a 60 game season starting in late July, minor leaguers are set to get back together in the next week or so, though for JJ, he's still not receivd confirmation as to when he is to report back south.
"No they haven't notified me yet. JJ told me Wednesday. "But I believe they have a few days to make it an extended roster, make their own roster. So hopefully in the next few days I find out whether or not I'll be headed down July 1, or a little bit before before July 1. Or staying here a little little ways back just until the minors get something figured out for the fall."
And even when he does head back to Jupiter, well JJ is uncertain as to what form his training will take.
"I think we're still in the dark right now." JJ said. "I asked my brother, I asked developmental guys. And they still haven't figured anything out where the minor leagues are going to be up and running by the time we get down there. I have a feeling it will be...I don't want to speculate, but I've heard a lot of talk about an instructional league. And just developing guys and doing like an inter-squad type fall camp."
Even with some extended spring, or some games this summer, well time has been lost, crucial time for a first round pick looking to advance quickly!
"You try not to dwell too much on it but at the same time you've just got to go about your daily business end and try and get better and try try to put yourself in a good position to where when they do call you back you've just got to make sure you're ready to go and and be ready to contribute to the organization."
I caught up with JJ as he worked out with his older brother Adam at Frazier Field on the Gulf Coast campus Wednesday. Adam's an instructional coach in the Orioles organization.
"You know we kind of learned as we went this year kind of with the whole Covid ordeal." Adam told me. "But in terms of keeping JJ in shape JJ and I, we've just been taking BP 3 to 5 days a week. Keeping the swing going and trying to keep it as fresh as can be as thing lingers on for a few months."
And Adam's been careful to make sure through this long, drawn out process, JJ hasn't been "overdoing" his workouts.
"It varies from individual, but just listening to your body." Adam said. "As an overall judgment, is probably the best thing. And that's what I tell my players we work in de-load weeks every month to kind of give them less volume and that's just to kind of keep them in check with their health."
JJ says he expects to be heading south sometime in the next few days. Again still unsure as to what lies ahead. Adam will head back to Sarasota sooner than later to rejoin his organization.
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