VA-BLACKSBURG He waves the bat ankle-high while staring down his opponent. Once the pitcher sets, Virginia Tech's top draught prospect rises into an upright, open stance and quiets his hands to coil and attack.
Gavin Cross knows it. Virginia Tech's centre fielder is a dangerous hitter with a solid routine and plan. The greater the stage, the more he locks in, and that was clear Friday night.
Cross was 5 for 6 with a homer, double, and five RBIs to lead the top-seeded Hokies to a 15-9 win over Wright State. Cross stabilised a chaotic and nervy game for the hosts.
Cross smashed a 432-foot home run in his first tournament at-bat. It was his 15th home run of the season, but just the start of a great night for the Hokies.
John Szefc, Tech's coach, remarked, 'No moment is too great for him.' 'I like No. 1' He's played in huge situations, so I don't think he'll be overwhelmed. 'I think you'll see him play for a long time, in bigger ballparks with more fans.'
Indeed. Cross, a third-year sophomore, might unseat Joe Saunders as the program's highest MLB Draft pick next month. 2002 Angels drafted Saunders 12th overall. Cross is Baseball America's 10th-best draught prospect this year.
Undrafted from Tennessee High in Bristol, Tennessee? Impressive. Cross raised his average to.345 and his RBI total to 46 on Friday.
He possesses quick hands and a rhythmic swing. He draws his power from his hips, according to a thorough cross-examination. After arriving at Tech, he developed an intentional leg kick with the coaches.
“We felt it would help me hit breaking balls and slug,” Cross said. Planned. We tried. After the COVID year, I felt comfortable. 'It stuck.'
He rarely gets fooled by breaking balls or fastballs. Cross can drive the gaps, provide inner-half heat, clear the wall and raise low-zone pitches.
His demeanour is ideal for this setting. Cross signed autographs for spectators before the game, then hit a massive home run in the first inning.
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