Even though as of right now there's a lockout in Major League Baseball, players such as Victor González are staying ready. The reliever from Mexico, has been making such preparations in his hometown.
In an interview Erick Aguirre of Con Las Bases Llenas’, González's personal trainer, José Raúl Rico Sierra, discussed the adjustments the young reliever has made to prepare for the 2022 season. The interview has been translated to English from Spanish.
“Victor’s preparation has consisted of an adjustment in his habits so that he can really be the complete athlete”, said Raúl Rico. “The progress that we’ve made in the month since we’ve started is impressive. You can see the changes, both physical and mental. My intention is to create a winner in all facets of life.”
González made some changes to his diet this winter and has lost over 30 pounds.
Over his final 16 games, Gonzalez posted a 6.39 ERA and 5.93 FIP. In 12.2 innings of action he struck out 12 and issued 10 walks. On the season, he allowed 19 walks in only 35 innings. He missed two weeks in August after being placed on the injured list. Gonzalez pitched in two games following his activation, but was optioned to Triple-A on August 25. He spent the final month of the season with OKC.
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