BRADENTON, Fla. - It's pretty common for prep players to add some weight and muscle to their frame after they enter pro ball. Young players in the age 18-22 range grow a lot, which is part of the strategy to invest in prep players. A team can get a guy early out of high school, watch him mature in their system rather than in college, and end up with a guy who looks like he would have otherwise been a first round draft pick.
It's a little different for Shane Baz. He was a first round draft pick out of high school. He didn't need to fill out in order to hit 98 MPH with his fastball, or to sit around the mid-90s. But Baz is like every other prep player in that he can still fill out a lot in the upcoming years. That was a big focus for him this offseason.
Baz entered Spring Training look...
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