articles.philly.com/2014-05-09/sports/49720006_1_neumann-goretti-josh-ockimey-red-soxNot long after Josh Ockimey had put on an impressive show in a postgame batting session, routinely slamming balls over Archbishop Carroll's fence, Kevin Schneider's cellphone rang.
A major-league scout who had been on hand was calling Neumann-Goretti's first-year coach to ask about the slugger's next appearance. Did the scout rave about what he witnessed?
"Not really," Schneider said with a laugh. "He said, 'I saw him hit balls out at Fenway Park. I experienced it firsthand before. I know what he can do.' "
Ockimey, a lefthanded slugger and four-year starter for the Saints, participated in a private workout for the Red Sox last fall. In what he described as a surreal experience, he sent two balls over the right-field fence.
"To do that at a historic ballpark was pretty special," the senior first baseman said. "I think one of the shots measured about 420 to 430 feet."
Ockimey has committed to the University of Indiana, but there is talk of his being selected in the first 10 rounds, possibly as early as the third, of the draft.
He's one of the top power hitters in the entire country," said Schneider, a full-time baseball instructor. "The strength and quickness in his hands, it's second to none. He's going to have even more power when he incorporates his lower half."
Clint Longenecker @Clint_BA 58smabrowndog said:Sox 9th round pick (#284 overall): Kevin Steen, RHP, Oak Ridge (TN) HS
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DaubachmanTurnerOD said:What does it mean to say that he "can drive it to all fields at 5 O'clock?"
Does it simply mean that his power plays in games (i.e. that's when college games typically start), and he's not just a BP hero? Or is it something else?
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