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HOUSTON - A recruiter walks into Klein Oak High School to meet with Dwight McGlothern.
The senior is a highly-touted, four-star recruit. McGlothern has already cut his school list down to his Top 5 - Arkansas, LSU, Oregon, Texas and Georgia - and has already announced he will commit on January 4. So, when a recruiter comes in to talk to McGlothern these days, the senior goes and grabs teammates.
Teammates that the recruiter needs to meet and talk to, guys that McGlothern believes people should be looking at.
"It says a lot about who he is as a person," Klein Oak coach Jason Glenn said. "Nobody knows that. The stigma about what Dwight is, what everybody tries to project him out to be is totally wrong ... He's an amazing young man and what that says is that he cares about others more than himself."
McGlothern added: "I believe they are as good as me. I feel like we are on the same page. We work hard together, grind together and work with the same person ... I kind of have [my recruitment] settled, so if they can get that I think they can help out that team."
The 2019 season is the first for McGlothern at Klein Oak.
After spending his first two years at New Caney, McGlothern left to join TC-Cedar Hill in the Dallas Fort Worth area for his junior season. This past summer, McGlothern returned to Houston and joined the Panthers.
When he arrived he had to buy into FAMILY - Forget About Me I Love You.
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As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.