KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The first Major League spring camp has been a learning experience for right-hander Ross Seaton, the Houston-area product who was taken in the third round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. His innings have been limited, but his eyes have been open.
"I honestly think the best part about it is getting to watch all the other guys pitch and seeing how they all operate," Seaton said. "That's where you really learn from the most is the older guys."
Seaton spent the bulk of the 2012 season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where went 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts. He got his feet wet at Triple-A Oklahoma City at the end of the year, going 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA in four starts. Seaton is expected to open the season in the rotation at Oklahoma City.
"Obviously, there's always little mechanical things you're working on, but the main thing for me is learning how to pitch and learning effective pitch sequences, and getting to the point I can completely focus on that and execute it on a more consistent basis," Seaton said. "They say if you can pitch in Double-A, you have the stuff to pitch in the big leagues. It's about being more consistent and figuring out the mental side of it. That's the main part I want to get better at now."
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