Dean Projects Well

DUNEDIN, FL - As the season progresses, 19-year-old Texas native Matthew Dean is working hard to turn in a successful first full season with the Blue Jays' organization. Dean, selected by Toronto in the 13th round of last year's draft, is currently in Dunedin for Extended Spring Training.

"It's going well for him, and he's playing a lot," Hitting Coach Josh Schneider said. "He's definitely made strides on both sides of the ball, offense and defense. I think we're looking for a pretty good summer out of him."

In preparation for Spring Training, Dean amped up his workouts in the offseason. He did a lot of weight and speed training, working out five days a week. For the first couple months, he mostly concentrated on his lifting and running, until November came around, when he started focusing more on his hitting and throwing. Going into Spring Training, Dean had gained 10 lbs. of muscle and was noticeably quicker and more flexible.

"For my first Spring Training I think that it went well," Dean said. I was really just trying to figure out my own groove and get my own set routine down. I figured that out during Spring Training and it has really helped so far."

Dean put forth a solid showing in Extended Spring Training as well. He had been working on a lot of hitting to prepare for it and felt that it really helped him out a lot. Being a first year player, Dean obviously has a lot to get familiar with and can improve in all areas as the season goes on, but he does have some particular things that he is working on currently.

"He's working on his backhands defensively a lot, getting into a better throwing position and getting his reps in with that," Shneider said. "Offensively, just ironing out his mechanics with his lower half and his swing and trying to put all of the pieces together."

The 6-foot-3, 200 lb. Blue Jay is feeling confident with his progress thus far. His off days give him motivation and encouragement for better days and he plans on remaining confident with his game, but not ever becoming too cocky about it.

"Offensively he has a lot of power potential and defensively he profiles as a big league third baseman," Schneider said. "Obviously he's young so we are projecting a little bit, but he has all the makings for a prototypical major league third baseman; power, size, arm and defense. He is looking pretty good."

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\r\n \r\n\"It's going well for him, and he's playing a lot,\" Hitting Coach Josh Schneider said. \"He's definitely made strides on both sides of the ball, offense and defense. I think we're looking for a pretty good summer out of him.\"
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In preparation for Spring Training, Dean amped up his workouts in the offseason. He did a lot of weight and speed training, working out five days a week. For the first couple months, he mostly concentrated on his lifting and running, until November came around, when he started focusing more on his hitting and throwing. Going into Spring Training, Dean had gained 10 lbs. of muscle and was noticeably quicker and more flexible.
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\"For my first Spring Training I think that it went well,\" Dean said. I was really just trying to figure out my own groove and get my own set routine down. I figured that out during Spring Training and it has really helped so far.\"
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Dean put forth a solid showing in Extended Spring Training as well. He had been working on a lot of hitting to prepare for it and felt that it really helped him out a lot. Being a first year player, Dean obviously has a lot to get familiar with and can improve in all areas as the season goes on, but he does have some \r\nparticular things that he is working on currently.
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\"He's working on his backhands defensively a lot, getting into a better throwing position and getting his reps in with that,\" Shneider said. \"Offensively, just ironing out his mechanics with his lower half and his swing and trying to put all of the pieces together.\"
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The 6-foot-3, 200 lb. Blue Jay is feeling confident with his progress thus far. His off days give him motivation and encouragement for better days and he plans on remaining confident with his game, but not ever becoming too cocky about it.
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\"Offensively he has a lot of power potential and defensively he profiles as a big league third baseman,\" Schneider said. \"Obviously he's young so we are projecting a little bit, but he has all the makings for a prototypical major league third baseman; power, size, arm and defense. He is looking pretty good.\"
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