Nate the Great: Versatile Orf on a Tear
If you’ve been following the Manatees Radio Network on Twitter (@BCManateesRadio), you probably already know that Nathan Orf (@NateOrf4)is hitting at a remarkable clip over the last 10 games. How good has he been?
As good as that is, Orf’s numbers since May 29 could further improve if the Manatees and Bradenton Marauders complete their game that was suspended due to rain on Saturday night.
In that game, Orf was the only Manatee to get a hit against Bradenton RHP Tyler Glasnow. That hit was Orf’s first career home run…
Well, it might be Orf’s first home run if the game is ever completed:
Regardless, at least Orf’s family was on hand to see the ball fly over the left field wall… And if the long ball doesn’t end up counting on the stat sheet, it’s good to know Nate and his teammates can still have some fun with the phantom homer:
Orf has been more than a menace in the batter’s box. The Manatees’ Jack of all trades has spent most of his time in right field, but moved to left field when Michael Reed returned from an oblique injury. Manager Joe Ayrault simply needed to keep Orf’s bat in the lineup and the Baylor product made his skipper look like a genius on Sunday:
Long story short, it looks like Orf has earned himself an everyday spot in the Manatees lineup, no matter what position he has to play.
Chad Pierce and Austin Ross began the 2014 season in the Manatees’ bullpen, but their contributions as starters have been exemplary.
Pierce has made two spot starts for Brevard County and did not allow a run either time. In 10.1 innings, Pierce has surrendered just five hits, walked three and struck out seven. Astoundingly, the ‘Tees lost both of Pierce’s starts by one run.
After making 10 relief appearances to begin the year, Ross has transitioned to a starting role and has done exceptionally well. In three starts, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Ross has not allowed more than four hits in any of his starts and struck out a season-high eight men last time out against Bradenton.
Neither Pierce nor Ross are strangers to starting. Pierce had made 28 career starts prior to this season and Ross had 49. So, perhaps it should come as no surprise that those two have combined for a 0.92 ERA (3 ER/29.1 IP) over five starts.