"There was a lot of input from pitchers toward hitters. It was an absolute highlight of the day, how the guys got some banter going back and forth between a veteran pitcher and a veteran hitter and what they're thinking," Matheny said. "Meanwhile, you've got some of these kids just out of A ball that are watching All-Star-caliber players talk the game. That's the one thing that I think that's changed more than anything, is talking shop.
"I learned more as a young player just hiding in my locker during Spring Training and during the season, too, just listening to the guys talk about their approach. I'd listen to a pitcher and try to do that through a hitter's eyes, and [say], 'OK, this is what he's thinking in that situation, this is what he's trying to do, and how that can benefit me.' The guys did a great job yesterday. The guys basically took over [the conversations]."
Stephen Piscotty, the club's top prospect and a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, said it was a great learning tool for him.
"It's good to share. It was a cool experience," Piscotty said. "Just kind of observe as much as you can."
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.