Catching Up With Infielder Trey Cabbage
With that, let’s get to the the questions and answers. Today, let’s get caught up with Trey Cabbage.
Seth Stohs (SS): Your first full season, let’s start at the beginning. Discuss your thoughts on your first spring training. Was it what you thought it would be?
Trey Cabbage (TC): My first full year was a great experience. My first full spring training was really fun and I learned a lot just by playing, failing, watching and learning.
SS: Spring training tends to be pretty busy with a lot of fans, but I imagine once extended spring training starts, there are fewer people there. Describe the work you put in during those months of EST, or is it the same as regular spring training?
TC: Extended is a lot less exciting and flashy from the fan and environment standpoint. However, it's great because mostly everyone gets to play everyday. The work you put in during extended is no less important than any other time. Not many people outside of your teammates see the process and it can be tough to get motivated, but you have to have the inner fire to push to the next step.
SS: What was the adjustment like for you playing in the Appalachian League in Elizabethton? It was kind of like coming home for you, playing in Tennessee?
TC: Playing in ETown was fun because I got to be in the country and small town atmosphere like I'm used to back home. Finally, going on road trips and playing series of games was very exciting too.
SS: Now that you’ve been home for a few months, have you been able to put together your overall thoughts on your first full season? What did you learn about yourself on and off the field.
TC: I already knew this, yet it becomes more evident year after year: I need to relax and to not press so much.
SS: Do you follow other professional or college sports teams throughout the offseason? Do you spend time at your high school watching sports?
TC: I'm a huge Tennessee football fan, and I somewhat keep up with their men's basketball team. I'm not big on NFL or NBA, but I do root for the Titans and the Cowboys.
SS: How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths on the field?
TC: I'm blessed with a good frame and ability. If I will allow myself to relax and let the game come to me, I feel confident in myself to perform in many aspects of the game.
SS: What are some areas of your game that you focused on in instructs and through your offseason?
TC: I focused a lot on gaining weight. One of my goals is to add some good weight and a little body fat to help with durability for the long playing season. I want to get bigger and stronger, while still maintaining my speed.
SS: Whether on the baseball field or elsewhere, what is the best piece of advice that you have been given?
TC: On time is late. The early bird gets the worm. Quality of quantity.
SS: What are some of the things you do to get away from baseball?
TC: I go fishing and hiking, hang out with my girlfriend and my buddies. Just anything to relieve stress.
SS: At what point do you not only start thinking about the 2017 season, but when do your workouts and preparation begin? Are you doing anything different after going through a full season?
TC: I usually take about 3-4 weeks off after the season is over. Then I begin to lift and strength train. I start hitting in mid-December.
SS: Did you learn anything about yourself, or did anything surprise you about working through a full season?
TC: I feel like I was pretty well prepared for what I faced. Nothing really caught me off guard.
SS: There are probably some high school baseball players reading this. What would one piece of advice be that you would share with them (or maybe have shared with kids back home), or share with a 13-or-14-year-old Trey?
TC: Pay attention to those who don't cheer when you do well, those are the people you have to prove wrong. Work for yourself, work until your good-enough is flawless.
Thank you so much to Trey Cabbage for taking time out of his busy day to answer our questions. Please feel free to ask questions and discuss in the comments below.