|Hawkins Hyped Up|
Hawkins says he's working on getting more loose
Outfielder Chris Hawkins had a solid first full season with the low-A Lansing Lugnuts last season. He admits that there are some things he would have liked to have done better and he says he has addressed them this offseason, and that has him excited for the start of the 2013 season.
"I felt like last season went well," he said. "This offseason I've definitely been working on trying to hit for more power. That was the one area of disappointment for me last year, I would have liked to have hit more home runs and extra-base hits. I've been working on that this offseason.
"Overall though I think last season went well. I felt like my swing was pretty good for most of the season and I played a good outfield, threw some guys out. I'm excited to get things going here."
He hit a respectable .269 with 23 extra-base hits last year, but only two of those were home runs. And despite seeing his .287 first-half average dip down to .249 after the All Star break last year, he doesn't feel that is representative of him tiring as the year went on.
"I just think that's the way the numbers worked out," he opined. "I do think they tailed off a little bit in the second half, I'd say more June and August, but I don't think it was getting worn down or anything. It was just a bad couple of months for me and it happens.
"I've worked hard this offseason and done a lot of yoga, a lot of flexibility and endurance stuff so I'm looking forward to getting going again and starting a new season. I think last season went well but hopefully this next one goes better, especially in the power department."
He says that even though he hasn't put any more weight this offseason that he still feels a lot stronger than a year ago and certainly a lot more flexible.
"I feel I have gotten stronger," he said. "I feel like I've toned down but the last time I checked I'm still weighing around what I weighed last season. I just feel a whole lot more loose.
"I feel like there were times last year where I was a little bit stiff [and] maybe my legs weren't feeling great, but I think I addressed that with the yoga and I'm feeling really good right now. I'm feeling the best I've felt in a long time.
"I'm really excited for the season. With last year being my first full year and the time that I've had off since the middle of September, I'm definitely excited to get things going.
"It's been a good offseason. I've enjoyed it, enjoyed getting to work on my hitting and getting back into good shape and doing the yoga, but I'm definitely ready to get back at it. I love playing baseball, that's what I do."
All set to report to camp in the beginning of March, Hawkins is inspired at the thought of putting his new physicality to the test in 2013 and build upon what he hopes is a strong foundation for his game going forward.
"I definitely feel like I can be a lot better than I was last season. I think last season went fairly well with the exception of maybe a month and a half or so, but I definitely think there's a lot of things I can improve on and get better at; hitting for some more power, stealing some more bags, continue to work on things in the outfield. That's just the way I am, I always think there's things I can improve at.
"I'm real hyped up. I'm real excited to get down to Spring Training in a few weeks and get things going," he concluded.