"He's my number one guy so far," Perez said. "It's nice to have somebody like him because you don't know what's going to happen. When you look at this kid, you know something good is going to happen."
Murphy played just 82 games of rookie ball last year.
"He's got some talent and he's got some ability," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I saw him throw to the bases. (Catching instructor) Joe Breeden has seen him the most and Joe likes him a lot."
"I think the results of how you're playing as a team will dictate how you feel," Montero said. "You go to the playoffs, you're never tired. Your adrenaline goes so fast. You don't have time to think about, 'Oh, I've been catching 140 games.' Your mindset is, 'Let's go.'"
Manager Joe Maddon loves what he's seen from Montero, but knows expecting 162 games out of him is just too much.
"It won't be 162," Maddon said, "but we'll talk and try to figure out a nice little program to keep him on top of his game and provide that opportunity for other guys to play, too."
"I like what I see and what I hear from him," Yeager said. "It takes time to gain the respect of the pitching staff and teammates whenever a catcher comes from somewhere else, but some of them already know him. In the old Dodger tradition, we've welcomed him with open arms. He has come in with a good attitude; you don't have to go looking for him. He's right there, ready to go to work."
Grandal was acquired this offseason as the centerpiece in the trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.
"In a short time, I've already learned a lot," Grandal said. "Getting to know the guys, catching bullpens, I'm getting a feel for how they throw. Everything comes with time. Once the games start [on Wednesday], it'll definitely come a little faster. I need to get to know what guys are looking for in a catcher, what their mentality is. Some guys like you to give them a pat on the back. With others, it's a different approach."
Grandal is expected to share time behind the plate with incumbent starter A.J. Ellis this season.
"That's one of the areas in camp I think there's some competition," Sandberg said. "[I] need some game reps and game situations to really see them. I like the way that they're all going about it as a group. To get them into games and see how that goes, that will play big in that decision."
Cameron Rupp, Koyie Hill and John Hester are all vying for the position. Rupp is considered the favorite, according to the report, with the most pro experience, hitting .183 with six RBI and four runs scored in 60 plate appearances last season.
"Nothing's handed to anybody," Rupp said, "so I come out every day looking to get better, work on things that I need to improve on, and put my best foot forward."
Diaz, 31, hasn't played in the majors since 2009 with the Pirates. He hit .264/.288/.339 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 292 at-bats between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.
A.J. Ellis has been the team's primary option the past few seasons, but the club brought in Yasmani Grandal during the offseason. While Grandal has a much higher offensive upside, it's unclear how much he'll play once the regular season begins.
"There’s nothing going to come out of this camp where we’re going to say, ‘OK, this guy is going to start 72 percent of the time’" general manager Andrew Friedman said. "It’s going to be much more about Donnie (Mattingly) writing the lineup each and every day for what gives us the best chance to win that day."
Mattingly admitted that Grandal has "tremendous upside offensively," so it's possible he could lead that way more often. While Mattingly has indicated that he doesn't want to assign any personal catchers yet, there's a sense Ellis could be used when Clayton Kershaw is on the mound.
Grandal hit .225/.327/.401 over 377 at-bats last year. Ellis hit .191/.323/.254 over 283 at-bats.
"This year, I notice more maturity. He's still young, but he's getting closer to the big leagues. I think he is starting to understand our message of the pitcher-catcher relationship," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He's doing a lot of things very well in camp."
Hedges, who was the Padres' No. 1 prospect last season (per MLB.com), will likely start the season in Triple-A. For now, he will just work on getting better while he is in major-league camp.
"This is exactly where I want to be," Hedges said. "I'm lucky to be here. You start to feel like you belong. You feel like you can make a difference in a big-league game. The coaches have done a great job making me feel comfortable and preparing me."
"I don't think it can be strictly three catchers," Weiss said. "Somebody is going to have to be more versatile than just a catcher. I don't envision carrying three catchers only.
"Obviously, you are talking about Wilin at first base. I think he's going to be very serviceable over there and the more things he can do, the better it is for us."
O'Brien came over in the Martin Prado deal last season, and has put on a show the first few days during batting practice. O'Brien impressed former D-Backs outfielder Luis Gonzalez after blasting a ball off the batter's eye in centerfield during a recent session. After the hit, Gonzalez jokingly said, "hang in there. The power will come soon."
Teammate Tuffy Gosewisch seemed to agree. "Sometimes there's guys in BP where you see them hit a few home runs and you might yourself try to hit some home runs to match them, but he's on another level and it's fun to watch."
The 24-year-old O'Brien is expected to begin the season in the minors, but could be promoted if the Diamondbacks current options, including Gosewisch, falter out of the gate.
"If I can take anything away that somehow clicks with me and just puts me over the edge getting my defense a little better, help the pitchers out and give the team the best chance to win," Ohlman said, "I'm not afraid to go in and ask him questions. I think it's hard for anybody of any size, I think, because you have to be in every play. You can't take a single pitch off. But it can be harder having longer limbs."
Matheny is very excited about Ohlman and is hoping to see him make his way to the major league club this year.
"I'm very impressed," Matheny said. "He has been a sponge. There are some things he's been working on that we've been able to see improvements on. He looks like a kid with a lot of potential."