After splitting his time successfully between Class-A (short season) Staten Island of and Class-A Charleston, first baseman/DH Saxon Butler hasn't exactly rested.
After participating in instructional league, he's currently in the middle of a six-week training program that includes conditioning and a special diet. He just completed the first three weeks, will rest one week, and go into the final three weeks.
Here's what he had to say about the program, instructs, and the off-season...which doesn't seem like an off-season at all. Though he didn't seem to mind.
"[The program] is a lot of workouts, it's six days a week, and just consistently eating right."
"The Yankees discussed it with me and asked me if I'd like to participate. I agreed to it because I thought it was a good move career-wise."
"The focus is more agility, speed, while still staying in the weight room as part of it."
"[Defensively] Yeah, it helps definitely. I DH'ed mostly for Staten Island, then was mostly a first baseman at Charleston. I really got my feet wet. I'm not hitting right now, but the program is designed to make me a better player all-around."
"I'll rest when I get home a little. I'll start hitting again after Christmas. I mean, it's not tough. We spend most of our off-season in the gym anyway. But I haven't picked up a bat since instructs."
"Overall instructs went really well. I made some adjustments. I'm staying more in my legs and using my lower half more."
You can follow Saxon on Twitter @SaxonHolt33