Kulig looks forward to senior season
Like many baseball players, Moravian College’s Evan Kulig appreciates what Derek Jeter was all about. The former Yankee star’s patented inside-out swing and dazzling command of the shortstop position wrote his ticket to a sure induction into Cooperstown.
“He just did it all,” Kulig says.
So does Kulig, a workmanlike player who is on the verge of stardom with the Greyhounds after three superlative seasons at the Bethlehem school. Constantly improving, the team’s third baseman and right-handed pitcher had consistently gotten better with the stick and in the field over his carer.
The 2018 campaign saw Kulig’s wizardry with the bat on full display, as he manhandled opposing pitchers by hitting at a .383 clip and registering a .450 on base percentage in 149 at bats. He registered a 3-for-3 afternoon on March 30 against Juniata College and drove home three runs for coach Paul Engelhardt’s club.
“I really like to use all of the field,” Kulig explains of his hitting. “I’m just looking for my pitch.”
Kulig also patrols the hot corner for the Greyhounds with dexterity. He’s constantly looking for an edge and to make a wise first step to get to a hard-hit ground ball or rocket line drive. The former Salisbury High School star also is a student of the game.
“I’m just looking to stay in front of the ball,” he says, understanding that if he can knock a scorcher down, he’s confident he’ll have sufficient time to recover and use his strong arm to get the out.
But Kulig’s diamond prowess doesn’t stop there. He’s also a right-handed pitcher for the club, hurling 34.2 innings during the recently completed season, often playing pitch and catch with former Salisbury teammate and best friend Chase Rogers, who serves as a Greyhound catcher. The synergy Kulig and Rogers have as a battery not only comes from being teammates, but also being best friends.
“He just makes me comfortable out there,” Kulig says of Rogers’ leadership behind the plate.
It doesn’t hurt that Kulig has an arsenal of pitches with which to get batters out. Respecting Rogers’ ability to call a good game allows Kulig to just relax and do what he does best, which is often busting hitters with his fastballs and mixing in change ups and curve balls.
Both Kulig and Rogers believe their senior seasons could be special, as both surmise the Greyhounds’ array of senior leadership could register a lot of wins during the 2019 season.
“I think we have a lot coming back,” Kulig says.
Chief among them is Kulig himself.