Orie in Search of Comfort Zone
Miles, Bruce, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Bruce Miles Daily Herald Sports Writer
TEMPE, Ariz. - Look for Kevin Orie to get a lot of at-bats this spring. The second-year third baseman is working with hitting coach Jeff Pentland on "loading up" his lower body.
Even though Orie is 10-for-24 (.417) after Friday's 19-8 loss to the Anaheim Angels, he says his swing is a work in progress as he tries to get his lower body through the ball to generate some more power.
"I've still got a ways to go," Orie said. "I don't feel too great right now, I'm trying to work on some things. Hopefully as the spring goes on, I'll get more comfortable with it. Game situations are tough, totally different than batting practice."
To help things along, manager Jim Riggleman will give Orie plenty of playing time in exhibition games.
"Jeff's trying to get him to make a couple of adjustments, and Kevin's trying to find his way through it a little bit," Riggleman said. "We're playing him a lot to put him in as many situations as we can. He leads our team in at-bats right now, and I think he will throughout the spring. Jeff's got him doing a couple of things right now that he's not totally comfortable with. But now's the time to do it."
According to Orie, it may take time.
"I really don't know how long something like that will take," he said. "I've been getting a decent amount of ABs and playing in a lot of games. There's really no timetable. There's no guarantee you will get it. I'm hoping in a couple of weeks that I'll get comfortable with it. We'll see. …