Forsythe, Peavey Begin First Full Seasons

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SAVANNAH, GA -- Catcher Blake Forsythe and right-hander Greg Peavey were both high-round draft picks in 2010. Now the two are battery mates in Savannah, starting their first full seasons in the organization. While Forsythe played in 2010, Peavey did not. Nevertheless, both share a similar focus as they look ahead to 2011.

Blake Forsythe had one goal this summer: to train as much as possible. The Memphis native and 2010 third round pick made the most of his offseason conditioning, spending time in the Instructional League and STEP camp to strengthen his game and his place on the team.

"STEP Camp was close to two weeks," Forsythe explained. "We did a lot of classroom stuff that talked about the way we act off the field, our relationship with the media, food habits, routines, and how to carry yourself throughout the day."

Unlike Spring training, STEP Camp allowed Forsythe to get individualized attention. "During the afternoons we'd get out on the field," he said. "There were only about 30 guys as opposed to 200 or so during Spring Training. It was much more centralized. Got a lot of attention from the coaches."

Forsythe hopes this individual attention with give him an edge, "More one on one contact with the coaches is absolutely more beneficial," he said. "We did bit of everything. Getting our timing right, getting our ABs in, getting ready for the season."

However, Forsythe is eager to get into actual games, explaining that real games are what gets him into the routine of catching.

"You do as much as you can: weight training, conditioning, all kinds of flexibility. But you really can't get into catcher's shape until you start catching a lot. Spring Training helps with that, but only get into catcher's shape when you start catching for games every day."

Forsythe hopes to take all he's learned from Instructs, STEP Camp, and Spring Training, applying it all to the 2011 Season as he splits time with 21-year-old Albert Cordero. Already, Forsythe has homered, driven in three runs and doubled twice in five games (19 at-bats). Given the amount of talent behind the plate in Savannah and the need to get Forsythe and Cordero adequate time, the organization's second overall pick in 2010 will have to maximize his time on the field.

"I hope to be a more consistent player and to keep learning the game," Forsythe concluded before preparing for the first home game. "Letting natural abilities to take over and get a consistent stance at the plate. And hopefully all this will help me get to the next level. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get me there."

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School is over for Greg Peavey. The-22 year-old Washington local made his professional minor league debut last week for the Sand Gnats, after not recording an inning in 2010. Taking the ball on April 7 on the road at West Virginia, Peavey didn't waste time making an impression. That night, Peavey tossed five shutout innings, gave up two hits and struck out with just one walk.

"Greg has been outstanding," said Sand Gnats manager Ryan Ellis. "I was expecting him to come out nervous, but he didn't show any of that. He pushed a heck of a ballgame. The results and the stat sheet tells the story for itself. He's going to make his mistakes here and there, but he's a calm cool-mannered kid with good stuff."

Peavy feels confident that he'll maintain his stamina, after not pitching a competitive inning in near a year since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Peavy left West Virginia without giving up a run. He attributes his success to work he completed during Spring Training.

"It was great," Peavy said. "The individual help we get is incredible. We did a lot of conditioning, pitch and fielding practice, locating [my] fastball, to get ready for this season, especially for me coming from college and playing a lot more games."

Though Peavy later gave up four runs on six hits in five innings runs to the Hickory Crawdads on April 13, bringing his ERA to 3.60, he feels confident that he's ready for a full professional season.

"The transition from college to pro ball has been good. I feel like college was a good experience before this experience and it laid a good foundation. I feel great and we've got a talented team. I think we're going to turn the page real quick there and start getting hot."

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