I’m in absolute lockstep with this.
When I listened again to Hyde on Hess, the last 4 words stood out more and more....’next five, six weeks’. Maybe I’m reading too much into it but it spoke to Hess’ audition type opportunity in Sarasota.
Also, Hyde was asked about him and his swingman role potential specifically and that’s why he was the subject. Otherwise I don’t think he’s discussed.
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.