Drafted in the 18th round by the Angels out of Hillsborough Community College back in 2009, Mallard did quite well in his debut season, hitting .297 with five home runs in just 30 Arizona Rookie League games that same year. But not one to struggle in the batter's box for too long, it was his battle with weight issues that led to his ultimate release this year.
"I was there for a little over two years," Mallard said of the Angels. "I was released and the reason they gave me is they said they didn't have enough at-bats for me. I think it was because I didn't achieve the weight loss goals [that] they wanted me to achieve.
"They told me they thought I had Major League ability but I [think] I just didn't get to that weight goal. For the time that I played I did real good. For them though it wasn't all about the play.
"They knew I could play. They could send me up there anytime with no practice and I was going to hit, but they were worried about my body. That's pretty much why I believe they called it quits."
Listed at 265 pounds when he first signed with the Angels two years ago, Mallard says he was weighing somewhere between 310-315 pounds. And even though the Yankees believe in his bat, they gave him one strict directive before they would allow him to step into an official game for them.
"For the most part, when I first started [with the Yankees] a lot of what I did had to do with training and getting my body in [better] conditioning for a full season because I never played a full season in the minor leagues before.
"They wanted to make sure the injury problem, the disc problem, wouldn't be coming up. I got picked up by them in the middle of the season so the main stuff I've been learning is conditioning, eating better and stuff."
He says one of his biggest dietary problems prior to signing with the Yankees wasn't necessarily overeating, just not eating correctly in general.
One who never ate breakfast before and skipped regular meals in favor of one big meal each day, Mallard, whose metabolism had slowed down incredibly, began eating a balanced breakfast each day and eating better throughout the course of the day, including four to five smaller meals.
"When I got there when I first signed I weight 315, 317 [pounds], something like that, and in my last weigh-in I was 285 [pounds]," he revealed. "I lost 30-35 pounds.
"I want to go into Spring Training around 275 pounds, 270. With the offseason and everything it's hard to keep it off because you have to be at it every day."
Not only didn't he get into any official minor league games for the Yankees but the right-handed slugger didn't even participate at Instructs for them, all because his sole focus has been getting into better shape in the hopes of resurrecting what seemed to be the beginning of a very promising career not all that long ago.
"Eventually I did start hitting and taking [some] ground balls but before I got any game play, when I signed with them, they wanted me to meet a couple of [weight] goals first," he said of being with the Yankees.
"I was told with two or three weeks left in the [GCL] season that I was going to get into the lineup but I ended up pulling a hamstring in practice. It had rained a little bit earlier and the field was a little slick. When I was going for a ground ball I pulled my hamstring.
"That set me out for the last two weeks of that season and that's pretty much why I haven't gotten any playing time. But for the most part it was mainly about getting my body ready to play a full season."
Looking to put his Angels days behind him, Mallard is only looking towards the future these days and he says he can't wait to get it going officially this coming March.
"We slowly but surely started seeing progression. I have a little bit more energy [now] but as I've told people I think I play at any type of weight.
"For me to maximize my ability I know I need to be in better shape. I just appreciated the Yankees giving me another shot is all so I want to do whatever they ask me to do.
"I'm real excited. I'm just making sure I get there in a good weight so I don't disappoint them."
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Jamie Mallard was known both for his light-tower power potential and rather large physique while playing for the Angels, right up to his release this year. He was quickly signed three weeks later by the Yankees in July and since that time he says he's been working hard behind the scenes to reshape his body before his first Spring Training in Pinstripes this coming year.
Jamie Mallard, signed out of the Angels organization in July, has some basic goals for now.