Mahle Enters 2017 with a Body Makeover

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Updated: March 9, 2017

2016 did not turn out too prettily for Greg Mahle. As a result, he got serious about his health in the offseason and hopes his hard work pays off.

To put it as gingerly as can be, 2016 did not treat Greg Mahle all too well when the statistics are inspected. In the two dozen games he pitched for the Angels he posted a 5.40 ERA with a WHIP of 1.800. Albeit some would say cutting the inexperienced reliever some slack would be within reason, Mahle did not take 2016’s outcome with a grain of salt.

With that in mind, the Halos’ southpaw decided it was about high time for a bit of a transformation. In the offseason, the young man recruited a new trainer to assist him in terms of getting serious about his health. The results are certainly impressive. Given what MLB.com writer Maria Guardado recently reported that the left-hander shed 35 pounds the last few months. What is more is that he apparently also lost 13 percent of his total body fat.

Mahle readily admitted that last season did not go quite according to plan. Consequently, he decided to kick things up a notch in an effort to give his a team a stronger probability of winning whenever he is given the opportunity out of the bullpen.

“‘I didn’t have the year I wanted to have last year, and I just knew I needed to come in and open some eyes again because it’s easy to get lost in the mix after one bad year,’ Mahle said. ‘I wanted to come in and show that I wasn’t going to back down from anything. I want to be ready for a great year in the big leagues, and help this team win a World Series, so I just decided to go crazy.’”

Mahle further imparted that he worked with one by the name of Casey Garrison in the offseason months. Guardado unveils that Garrison just so happens to be a Pro Strongman, so Mahle did not get into shape with just anyone’s help. Greg’s trainer evidently implemented an Olympic level weightlifting and diet program into his client’s routine. Undoubtedly, these factors shed light on the incredible results the Halos’ pitcher accrued.

Moreover, Mahle also insinuated that his fastball velocity is a little better than what it was in his rookie campaign. His fastball averaged around 90 MPH last year, but the fact that it is slightly elevated reveals just how serious he was about improving his livelihood. He strictly meant business. He just hopes the quantity of time he has put in will pay off in the bigger scheme of things.

“‘I haven’t looked at the numbers, but it feels like I’m throwing a little bit harder,’ Mahle said. ‘My body overall feels a lot better, so it seems to be working so far.’”

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