Former two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, the elder statesman of the Detroit Tigers, took batting practice Friday, surrounded by up-and-coming prospects, at Joker Marchant Stadium.

And then the soon-to-be 38-year-old explained why his body feels like it did in 2014, just two years after he sat on baseball's throne as the Triple Crown winner. That year, at age 31, he played 159 games — more than in any season since.

"Right now, I feel like I did back when I was in 2014," Cabrera said Friday. "I feel more like when I was healthy, with my legs, my hips. I can move my body when hitting. I don't try to do too much. I swing naturally. I think that's going to help me a lot this year to produce more and hit for more power."

With third base coach Chip Hale throwing the ball, Cabrera picked right field for his first round of swings. He went to center field in his second round and then sprayed down the left-field line in his third round.