Cody Beck may have found a home at second base with the Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball team.
A Trinidad State Junior College transfer, Beck began his Pack career in style this past weekend. In three games against Emporia (Kansas) State, Beck was five for 11 at the plate and leads the team with a .455 batting average.
A Brighton High School product where he hit .469 for the Bulldogs, Beck brings a solid approach to the game, both at the plate and in the field as he begins his junior season.
Calling himself a contact hitter, Beck had two hits in five at-bats in the season opener and added three more hits in the second game against the Hornets in four at-bats.
"I have a good two-strike approach and have always been able to move runners," he said.
Asked about his fast start to the season, Beck said: "Just the training I've put in the offseason. It's really paid off. I saw the ball well all weekend."
Beck started the season hitting in the No. 9 hole in the CSU-Pueblo lineup in the season opener, but was moved to the leadoff spot in the second and third games.
In the field, Beck has made three consecutive starts at second base. He's comfortable as a middle infielder.
"I played shortstop when I was about 7 years old but have played second most of my life," he said.
Beck played for former USC All-American Tony Witmus when he was younger, according to CSU-Pueblo coach Stan Sanchez. That's where the connection first started.
Sanchez said he and his staff were looking for a middle infielder this past recruiting season and Beck's name came up.
"He came in and worked out for us and we really liked him," Sanchez said. "We looked at his numbers at Trinidad State and they were really solid.
"He can play shortstop or second base, a real solid player."
Sanchez believes Beck will have a strong season.
"He can hit the ball the other way and stays inside the baseball really well," Sanchez said. "He ended up getting hot in the No. 9 hole in our opener and when our leadoff hitter Easton Adler went down we took the hottest hitter we had and moved him into the leadoff spot. Then, he gets three hits."
Beck is excited about the prospects of this year's club, which has started the season 2-1 and hosts three more games at Rawlings Field this weekend — two against Montana State Billings and another against Sioux (S.D.) Falls.
"We have good approaches at the plate and we'll be pretty solid this year," Beck said. "We have a lot of guys who can fit into a lot of places."
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