The Wilpon family has strong ties to Michigan University as Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon are both graduates there... Mike Barwis, who is the football team’s strength and conditioning coach became friends with Jeff Wilpon and eventually, the Mets hired Barwis as a consultant.
The Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the 2013 season wanted to offer a more regimented off-season training program for some of their younger players.
The Mets have suggested the Michigan training program to players Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Dominic Smith, Patrick Biondi, and Phillip Evans, two recently drafted players, became part of the group, as well.
The program was voluntary, the cost split between the organization and each player.
The players reported for about four weeks in the fall and have returned recently to put in a few more weeks before spring training. Juan Lagares, the Mets center fielder has joined the others this time around.
Barwis evaluates each of the players and comes up with a nutrition and workout regimen. The players have worked on their balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.
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