Photo courtesy of Roger Hagen
One of the most talented and versatile players in the league, Mike Netzel is a rare commodity in college baseball – a pitcher with a strong bat who can double as a designated hitter. Not only does Mike bat for himself when on the mound, he also DH’s when not in the lineup as a pitcher or right fielder.
The Culver City, CA native has appeared in 5 games on the bump, 4 as a starter. Over the 25.2 innings pitched he has allowed 27 hits and only 9 earned runs for a 3.15 ERA. Netzel is noted for his control as evidenced by his 29 strikeouts (an average of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings) versus only 5 base on balls .A rising junior at Occidental College, Mike has a WHIP of 1.25 and has held opponents to a .267 batting average.
As good as he is on the mound, it can be argued that he is even better as a position player. A sure-handed right fielder with a big accurate arm, he has gunned down runners going from first to third and trying to score on sac flies. (Opponents don’t try it anymore.)
Netzel has a slash line of .330/.504/.404, which makes him one of the better hitter on the team.
This gifted athlete is an invaluable member of the Flames and a key part of the team’s success.