Bryce Harper is already one of the most feared hitters in the National League. But the 21-year-old isn't content with just being feared. He wants to bulk up and and be "as big as house," too.
Speaking to Anna McDonald of ESPN's SweetSpot, Harper expressed his desire to increase his body weight from its 2013 form of 220-230 pounds, to roughly 240-245 pounds by spring training.
Here is an excerpt taken from McDonald's piece:
"I'm excited to take a month off, that's something I'm excited for, let the body rest," Harper said recently. "Let the body heal a little bit and get as big as a house. ... That's the biggest thing I try to do."
Wait ... what? While the rest of us were trying not to add to many extra pounds over the holidays, Harper is trying to gain weight?
"I want to go into spring training about 240, 245," said Harper, who weighed around 218 pounds at the end of the 2013. "I'll lose about 20 pounds during the season."
The man credited for being behind the approach is Astros strength and conditioning coach Jake Beiting. Beiting says it's not uncommon for younger players to try and gain weight during the offseason in order to have some flexibility to inevitably lose some pounds during the rigorous regular season. Hey, it certainly helps that Harper's mom is willing to support her son's effort.
"My mom can cook, so that's the best part about it," Harper said.