SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Stress, Trevor Bauer believes, is defined by your perspective.
While many people seek to avoid it, he embraces it. He believes his success as a pitcher depends on his ability to function with it, so he immerses himself in it. His workout routine comes from the please, sir, can I have another? school.
Bauers pregame regimen, which includes an hour of stretching, limbering up and throwing that ends with long toss from foul pole to foul pole, was a big part of his success at UCLA, a body of work that led the D-backs to take him with the third pick in the draft last June.
It is in the off-season that Bauer really gets serious.
Bauer, who turned 21 in January, bought a house in the Houston area this winter to be nearer to pitching mentor Ron Wolforth and his baseball ranch, where Bauer has conditioned for years.
The body adapts to the demands you put on it, so if you are going you going to have stress in a game, you have to train with similar stress so the body c...