Gomez spent winter looking for strikes

PHOENIX -- Carlos Gomez did not need a calculator Monday to figure his spring on-base percentage.

Gomez walked in an intrasquad game Friday, walked twice in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the A's and walked again Monday before pulling a pair of hanging breaking balls for singles against the Padres. He's reached safely every time up.

"This year I didn't play winter ball, but I've been tracking [pitches]," said Gomez, who hired a former Minor Leaguer to throw him 50 pitches a day in the Dominican Republic.

He did not start swinging at any of those pitches until late in the winter, when Gomez was ramping up workouts ahead of Spring Training.

"He didn't tell me what was coming. It was just track, track, track," Gomez said. "I know that's going to help me a lot if you control the strike zone and swing at more strikes."

When it was suggested that Dominican GM Moises Alou might notice Gomez's statistics and try to talk him out of skipping the World Baseball Classic, Gomez shook his head. The answer is still no. He wants to focus instead on his final season with the Brewers before free agency.

"When I say something, that's it," Gomez said.