KTIV's Nick Filipowski, Brad Pautsch and Matt Breen will try to get a hit off an Explorers pitcher Thursday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
There aren't many people in the world that can say they can hit a pitch that's coming at them at upwards of 90 miles per hour.
On Thursday, KTIV’s Nick Filipowski, Brad Pautsch and Matt Breen will try to do just that off of a Sioux City Explorers pitcher.
To prepare, they took batting practice to try and prove they have what it takes.
Explorers hitting coach Brent Metheny gave his assessment on each of the three hitting hopefuls.
“Brad likes the ball definitely inner half, likes the shortstop, the left fielder, the third baseman," said Metheny. "The problem is that there's another half of the field that people play on that he doesn't know about quite yet."
“Once he maybe figures out that there's another part of the field, he tries to hit the ball over there a little bit more instead of pulling everything, he might be a little bit better off," added Metheny.
Brad has played amateur summer baseball for the last 10 years. Nick hasn’t picked up a bat since he was 17, but was impressive.
“Nick, hopefully he's a speed guy, knows how to bunt," assessed Metheny. "He's got a good swing. The fences are a little bit bigger here than what they are in little league."
“I think as long as he can run and bunt, he's got good speed,” said Metheny. “He could do okay."
Metheny wasn’t as eager in Matt’s evaluation.
“I think a good thing for Matt to work on would be, when we come off the field, pitchers are really thirsty, and they'd like a cup of water," said Metheny. "Maybe a Gatorade."
“Sometimes, we need sunflower seeds and they're all on the bench, we always yell at the clubbie to run back there and get us some seeds," added Metheny. "I think that's what he's looking for in his future."
As far as the best prospect of the trio, Metheny had one clear choice in mind.
“Best prospect - we have to go young, we have to go with speed, so as long as he can bunt the guy over, steal some bags, he's my guy," Metheny concluded.
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