Sublett Bulking Up

Damon Sublett has really gotten bigger

It was back in 2007 when Damon Sublett had one of the most historic offensive seasons in Staten Island history, posting a .957 OPS. Since that time he has been working hard to add some more strength to his upper-body and he can now cross that off of his to-do list after bulking up this offseason.

"I just worked hard a lot," Damon Sublett said of gaining 25 pounds of muscle this past offseason. "I really focused on it. It's something I really like to do. I like being in the weight room, I like working out.

"It's been a lot of hard work. I had been working on it for a couple of years but this is the most success I've had with it this past offseason. I just ate a lot and kept eating."

It wasn't as if he didn't have power to begin with, collecting over 36 percent of his hits for extra-bases in 2009, but now he says he feels even stronger.

"It feels good," he said. "I'm swinging a bigger bat this year it feels like. I've got a little bit more pop, but my swing is a lot better too. I can't give credit [alone] to either one. Both of them have helped, but I definitely feel [stronger]."

Shifting to centerfield last year after spending his first two professional seasons at second base, speed, an aspect of his game that he has always wanted to improve, has become arguably even more important now.

But despite putting on the extra pounds this offseason, Sublett doesn't believe it has hurt his overall speed any.

"I don't think it has hurt at all. It's been hard to tell because we haven't been playing [many] games. I don't think it's hurt and I hope it's helped. We'll see though."

It remains to be seen if in fact his position will remain centerfield or if he'll be asked to move to a corner outfield spot where his extra power would obviously be a welcomed addition.

"As far as I know it's just straight outfield this year," he said. "I don't think second base is in the cards anymore.

"They've talked to me about knowing how to play all three [outfield positions]. Obviously with Krum in center in Trenton, he's a great outfielder. He's going to be the guy there so I'll fill in where I can."

With a new full-time position and now a new physique to go with it, Sublett is hoping he'll finally have that breakout season he has been waiting for since his terrific debut season three years ago.

"I definitely hope so," he said. "I feel good coming into the year with the way I'm swinging the bat. I feel good in the outfield now so hopefully this will be the year."

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