SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's certainly early in spring training. Pitchers and catchers have worked out for a few days and the first full squad workout is Sunday. But it's not too early to make impress the coaching staff. And Martin Perez is one pitcher doing that.
Both minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark and manager Ron Washington mentioned Perez when asked to name a few pitchers that have caught their eye so far in camp.
"His four-seamer and two-seamer look good," Washington said. "You better hit one of them, because you're not hitting both."
The Rangers are searching this spring for a left-handed reliever. And while Perez is one of the club's top starting pitching prospects, he's in camp and certainly a candidate, joining Michael Kirkman, Joe Beimel, Mitch Stetter, Kelvin De La Cruz and others.
* Clark also mentioned Neil Ramirez as an early standout in camp. Washington also liked how Joe Nathan, Wilmer Font, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando are throwing the ball and going about their business so far.
* Washington will make his annual speech to his players before Sunday's full squad workout. He said he's got some thoughts in mind, but it's mainly about focusing on preparation for 2012 and staying healthy. Will he mention Game 6 of the World Series?
"I never thought about it," Washington said. "I think they know what happened, though."
* Elvis Andrus was on the field Saturday, but he didn't do much. Washington wasn't sure if the shortstop took grounders, but the club wants him taking it easy for a few days after he had a Plantar's wart taken off his left heel.
* The club has intrasquad games planned for Thursday and Friday before next Sunday's first Cactus League game.
* Washington said he liked how Yu Darvish came out and went to work on Saturday. The skipper watched his bullpen session, but not his session to live hitters. He was impressed with the pitcher's stuff too.