With 150 Minor Leaguers due to begin full-squad workouts later this week, Bagwell and the rest of the staff will have less time to spend with players on an individual basis. Still, Bagwell plans to quietly lend his advice and past experiences to the young players, while offering his evaluations to the coaches who will be working daily with the prospects throughout the season.
"I'll watch them hit, watch them do all their drills and give them my advice, but not too much," Bagwell said. "Then I'll also watch the big league games. But I know what these guys [on the Major League side] can do. I need to see over there, with [the Minor Leaguers].
"There might be something that I think might help them, and I'll talk to some of the coaches that are going to have these guys this year. Just to say, 'This is what I think he needs to work on,' so they can take it to the season, because I'm not going to be there all the time."
On the move: Koby Clemens, one of 41 mini-campers who arrived 10 days ago, has been making good progress as he transitions from third base to catcher, according to Minor League field coordinator Tom Wiedenbauer.
"He's gaining every day," Wiedenbauer said. "There are many challenges with that position. I would imagine the biggest challenge is the patience that it's going to take, because it's such an intricate position. It's not going to happen overnight.
"He's got the tools and the makeup to play the position but there are a lot of facets to that position. It's going to take time. A lot of it is experience, and he's experienced none of it yet -- as a professional, anyway."
Class of '07: Outfielder Marques Williams, who was signed out of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., last year, has drawn considerable praise for his skills on both sides of the game.
"He's a little bit older (22) for his playing experience, but he's shown a lot of ability," Wiedenbauer said. "It looks like he can run them down in center field, and he's got some bat speed and some strength."
On the pine: Right-handed pitcher Chad Wagler, the club's 22nd pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has a toe injury that will require surgery. He's scheduled to undergo a procedure later this week to repair a damaged ligament to his left big toe, an injury that he suffered during a sliding drill. Wagler will be sidelined for at least two to three months.
He said it: "I'm looking forward to it. We're going through a transition period right now. The mini-campers have been here long enough, and they're ready to start playing games, which they'll do on Friday. Pitchers and catchers have been here for a couple days, so they're starting to settle in, and position players are on their way. We'll be in full swing by the weekend. -- Wiedenbauer, on the influx of Minor League players arriving to Spring Training this week