“He’s got a great body and a wonderful future,” Maddon said. “He’ll keep getting better.”
The “great body’’ comment was especially pleasing to Underwood, 21, one of the Cubs’ top pitching prospects who has reported in much better shape for the second consecutive spring after battling questionable eating habits earlier in his professional career.
“I’ve just been working with our nutritionist (Dawn Jackson Blatner), and the guys in the training room and strength guys have been on me about it,” said the 6-foot-2 Underwood, who appears leaner than his listed 210 pounds. “It’s been working for me so far./aside">>div">>
“I’m eating better and running a little more. It comes together to put your body in the best shape possible. I’m a firm believer once you put your mind to something, you just go do it. It’s nothing that I really ate, nothing that I gave up. I cut back on maybe some of the weekend eating, like going out a lot. But it was a very simple transition.”
During his simulated game last spring, Underwood said he kept a close watch on Arrieta, who went on to win the National League Cy Young Award.
“It was a great experience and I took it into the season,” said Underwood, who could start the 2016 season at Double-A Tennessee after posting a 6-3 record and 2.58 ERA in 14 starts at Class-A Myrtle Beach.div data-role="carousel_view"">> figure data-role="lightbox_open delayload delayload_done imgsize_item"">
Photos of the Cubs at spring training in 2016.
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