FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – All it took was a little shift in the field to make Josh VanMeter feel right at home in the batters box.
The TinCaps rookie has recently been spending some time at shortstop – the position he played most often in high school – and the results have been good across the board. The former Norwell high school star is batting nearly .290 over his last 11 games – well above his season average of .230. It’s a far cry from the first month of the season when the 19-year-old was often pressing at the plate and it showed in his sub par results.
VanMeter will be the first to tell you, the pressures of playing at home in front of friends and family definitely got to him early in the season. First-year manager Michael Collins noticed his rookie forcing the issue as well – but says the last month he has seen a much more relaxed approach at the plate.
“He was getting away from his game,” Collins says. “His game is a good steady approach, line drives, using the whole field. I think now he’s getting back to that and we’re seeing some success and results go his way.”
“I definitely feel good,” VanMeter adds. “I’m seeing the ball well. With this being all that it is – playing in my hometown – I was putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going into the box confident now.”
The TinCaps offense – which ranks 2nd in the Midwest League with a .269 batting average – is benefiting all the more from it.