The words were worthy of a double-take.
Six-foot-five, 265 pounds.
These were the measurements passed on by Triston Casas when updating where his physical stature has landed 22 year and 12 days into his existence.
“Probably 25 pounds since I've been drafted over the last five years," he said when talking about his physical evolution. "So, I'd say that's a pretty good increment, about five pounds a year. And I feel just as strong and as fast as the day that I walked in. So I don't think I've been sacrificed any mobility for weight."
Lump in an ability to hit a baseball that has placed the first baseman on the cusp of living life in the big leagues and one thing jump to mind: How many home runs is this guy going to end up hitting?
In 371 plate appearances between Double- and Triple-A last season, Casas landed with a modest 17 homers, adding one more in 97 trips to the plate in the Arizona Fall League. For his professional career, the South Florida native has 34 homers in 876 plate appearances.
The prodigious power has been put on display at times, with social media allowing to capture such moments throughout a 2021 season that allowed for an .877 combined OPS from Casas. But ... that height ... that weight ... that swing.
Taking a break from the Red Sox' Winter Warm-Up workouts in Fort Myers, Casas explained an evolution that should put any doubts regarding his power potential to rest.
"I think I still I'm still not done growing. I think physically and mentally, I think I still have a lot of a lot to fill out," he said. "And just pretty much my whole career up to now I've always chased the on-base percentage as opposed to slugging percentage because I feel like on-base puts you in a good process to make contact, grind out at-bats, swing at good pitches. And I think that all leads towards the end result of wanting to slug, wanting to drive the ball. But more importantly, to be a power hitter, you shouldn't have to hit home try to hit home runs or try to make something happen.
"I know I'm plenty big and strong enough. I’m 6-5. I weighed earlier this week at 265 just rolling out of bed, so I know I'm plenty big enough, I'm plenty strong enough, I'm more than capable enough to tap into that power. It's just a matter of if I'm swinging at the right pitches and the right counts and mentally I'm engaged on what I'm trying to accomplish in the box. That was one of the learning curves that I went through last year was realizing it's not a trickle-down effect the opposite way in terms of I'll just go in there I'll start hitting, I'll start banging, and then they'll be afraid to pitch to me. It's the opposite way around. They're going to start nibbling, see how they can throw me off, see what they get me to chase and see what they get set me up with. And then, if I don't demonstrate a good discipline of the hitting zone, then I'll be susceptible to those things. But I realized once I started to be a little more patient, draw more walks and stopped swinging at fringe pitches and stay toward the hitters zone as opposed to the strike zone, I was a lot better off. So, that's a little bit of what I'm going to try to attack going into ‘22, but I think I think I'm close. My swing’s feeling really dialed in right now. I'm really excited to get into the season, get some my bats going to see if what I've been working on is beneficial or not."
Casas will undoubtedly start the season at Triple-A, with the Red Sox keeping a close eye on the lefty hitter's continued evolution - both in the field and in the batter's box.
"I'm trying to work on everything," he noted. "I think, you know, there's room for improvement on every side of the board. And that goes the same for my weaknesses. I know. I know my strengths you know obviously are mostly in the box you know that's my that's going to be my claim to fame you know getting the head in for power and driving the ball driving in runs and getting extra-base hits. That's what I do well. But you know on the weakness side of things, I don't know how many weaknesses I like to say I have you know. I like to think that I work hard on every single one to try to make them a string that made my strengths even stronger. And, and just but I wouldn't say that I have any weaknesses or strengths I just say that I go out there and try to do everything perfect. I try to be the best at everything and hopefully I'll fall in line with everybody else somewhere but shoot for the moon and land among the stars kind of thing, my strengths and weaknesses."