Pence among Astros working out early

Pence among Astros working out early

Pence among Astros working out early
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Hunter Pence, the Astros' Most Valuable Player a year ago, and newcomer Clint Barmes were among more than a dozen non-catching position players who were working out at Osceola County Stadium on Wednesday. The full squad isn't required to be uniform until Sunday.

The hitters took cuts in batting cages, worked out on their own and took batting practice on one of the back fields while pitchers and catchers finished up their workouts. Among the other Major Leaguers to report early were Chris Johnson, Brett Wallace and Tommy Manzella.

Koby Clemens, J.D. Martinez, T.J. Steele, Jack Shuck, Brian Dopirak and Drew Locke -- all in Major League camp for the first time -- were also among the other position players in camp a few days early.

"It's great seeing these guys want to come out and get their work in," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "They're thrilled to be on the field. It's a treat to get to go down and talk to them in this atmosphere as well."