Image courtesy of Jake Schultz, West Central Tribune
Minnesota native Luke Becker is swinging a hot bat for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwood’s League. The UK infielder extended his hitting streak to four games on Friday night with a single in the top of the 7th inning vs. Waterloo. Becker and the Stingers won their second straight game vs. Waterloo with a 2-1 victory.
Becker has been raking all summer and getting the most out of every at bat, including 41 walks through 37 games. Mix in 32 hits in 123 at bats and Becker owns a .440 OBP. The switch hitter has been so good that he has reached base safely in all 37 games this summer.
Becker’s spray chart shows that he has hit the ball to all areas of the field.
Over the last ten games, Becker has walked 9 times. That type of patience at the plate has moved Becker into the lead-off spot for the Stingers. Becker’s versatility in the batting order is a testament to how good of a hitter he is at the plate. He can provide production from the middle of the lineup, or be an on base machine at the top. It will be interesting to see where Coach Mingione slots Becker in the lineup next season.
Becker’s line with Willmar this summer includes a .256 (average), 32 (hits), 3 (HR), 2 (doubles), 3 (triples), 18 (RBI), and 41 (walks). The most impressive stat is through 125 at bats; Becker has only gone down on strikes 17 times.
Becker has also shown his versatility in the field. He is expected to move across the diamond to second base next season for the Wildcats, which is where he has mostly played this summer, however, he has shown the ability to play outfield positions.
The versatility Becker possesses at both the plate and in the field will go a long way for the Wildcats next season. Becker will be a popular candidate for a breakout year in the SEC and the nation next season. Look for him to build on his solid junior season where he posted a .287 (average), 7 (HR’s), and 46 (RBI).