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First Step For Mallard

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.

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...