By Aaron Cheris
Ever since Sky Sox infielder Nate Orf was promoted to Colorado Springs from Double-A Biloxi, he hasn’t looked back.
In 19 games with Biloxi to start the season, Orf batted .268 with just one run batted in and 15 hits.
Since his promotion on April 28, he has been one of the Sky Sox best players, batting .324 with nine runs batted in and 24 hits in 21 games.
Manager Rick Sweet has to be pleased with Orf’s versatility on the field. He has played games at second base, shortstop, and third base so far this season.
When the Sky Sox and Bees battled late into the night in a game that lasted 18 innings, Sweet had a plan to take advantage of Orf’s versatility.
“Orf was my third catcher,” Sweet said. “I always have those things set up ahead of time.”
At the plate, Orf has also been clutch.
At home against the Express on May 5, Orf delivered a key RBI single in the bottom of the 8th to score Josmil Pinto with an important insurance run in a game the Sky Sox held on to win 6-4.
Against the OKC Dodgers on May 9, Orf doubled to score Keon Broxton with two outs to keep a Sky Sox rally going. Orf later came around to score himself. The Sky Sox scored seven runs in that game to defeat the Dodgers 7-3.
On May 12 in New Orleans, Orf tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, hitting a line drive single to left field to even the score at two. The Sky Sox went on to win that game in 12 innings.
So far this season, Orf has stolen four bases to help the Sky Sox lead the PCL in that category with 67. At this pace, Orf will pass his career high of seven steals soon.
Overall, Orf has had an impressive start and he will be a fun player to watch for as long as he is in Colorado Springs.