The Minnesota Twins likely Opening Day starter has traveled a difficult path through weight issues thus far in his career. At age 25, Vance Worley has finally put himself in optimal shape to the next step as ace of a rotation.
“For me, the offseason is a chance for me to actually get back on a normal eating schedule,” Worley told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “During the season, I just get fat. There’s nothing I can do.
“I’ve always struggled, because for me and my family, we love food, so we just keep going. It’s hard during the season. We get done so late. The food just sits on me and I just start putting on weight and then I try to lose weight and I start getting weak because I’m trying to do too much.”
The Pioneer Press’ Mike Bernadino lists Worley’s weight at 247 pounds as the young right-hander prepares to likely head the Twins rotation this year. Worley found space in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ star-laden rotation in 2011 and 2012, making 44 starts with a record of 17-12 in his final two seasons with the club. Worley made his major-league debut with the Phillies in 2010 has since posted a career ERA of 3.50, WHIP of 1.351 and 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
Minnesota struggled to find a stopper in its rotation turning an abysmal 2012 campaign that saw the Twins fall to last in the AL Central. Scott Diamond finished fourth in bases on balls per nine innings pitched, but outside of that the Twins failed to place a starter in the Top 10 of major pitching categories including strikeouts, ERA, walks and WHIP.