Thursday, March 31, 2016

Between Innings with GreyWolves Head Baseball Coach Justin Barchus

Question (Lacche): Your players come from different backgrounds, and also many in the same calendar year play on multiple teams -- how do you help them evolve so quickly to your/your staff's specific approach?

Skipper: I don't think the hardest part is adjusting to the staff and our approach, I think it takes a little bit for everyone to adjust to their role on the team, and their teammates. When you play with a program in the spring you get used to your role and what's expected of you day by day, the sudden change can take a few weeks to acclimate to. All the guys we bring in have had success wherever they've been, and are looked to as leaders in some aspect, so who takes leadership when they all come together? We can only put a certain number of guys in the lineup, and it takes a while for us to figure out who the right guys are, so who accepts and embraces their role on our team? Those are the adjustments that I think are the most interesting to watch, some times it doesn't work out, some times it works out great! We just do our best to communicate with guys, and try to build the "team-first" atmosphere that we expect.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Host families 2016

#‎VolcanoesNation‬ - you make a difference! Pictured Andy Armstrong, Senior West Salem High School, and San Francisco Giants' star Joe Panik. The Armstrong's were Panik's host family when he began his professional career in Salem-Keizer (2011). The family reconnected with Joe this past week during Spring Training in Arizona for dinner. Families interested in the Volcanoes' Host Family Program and to have the opportunity to host players this summer should contact Lisa Walker at 503-390-2225, or at or Judy Fromherz 503-569-3304

Monday, March 14, 2016

Between Innings with GreyWolves Head Baseball Coach Justin Barchus

GreyWolves (Lacche): Baseball is rich with history, but also the research is evolving with technology -- what types of technology do you leverage to further the science of how you specifically manage?

Coach Barchus: We mostly use technology to organize data; so when we take scouting reports on teams, we use some of the technology to help us organize the information. They can also help us make lineup decisions based on certain match-ups. You have to keep in mind there is a lot of turnover in this league as far as rosters go, so you don't get a lot of advanced scouting, early on you don't have much, and then towards the middle of the season you can start making some decisions based on information you have. But in the end, yes, baseball is a science and we use information to be as strategic as possible.