That’s pretty big! Remember the size is only one part of the power equation, and it’s a part with less worth if he can’t use it. This is probably a good time to mention that the two strength and conditioning coaches run a very large percentage of the non-baseball outside workouts. They keep the rhythm up, the noise loud and the explosion measured. And I have lots of evidence that each player has a specified daily conditioning regimen. Being in shape to maximize your skills looks like it’s a higher priority than the past. Hyde was on point when he said that guys come into camp in shape now instead of using camp to get into game shape.
Well there's not much else to talk about and of course the manager is going to be saying positive things right now. Nobody wants to ruin the vibe which is why you have to look out for what's not being said. Who's not being pointed out in coming to camp in great shape or looking good. They are not going to point it out, but it's what they don't say that sometimes speaks volumes!
I don’t know if I’d say he was “good” in 2018, but he did kind of close the year on a semi-roll, so it was pretty disappointing to see how 2019 unfolded, especially after he teased us with that 6+ inning no-hitter at the start of the year. Despite his struggles, memories of that one brilliant game give me some hope that he can pull it together more often.