Summer Collegiate : : Story
Friday, July 12, 2013

Emling's show of power in PGCBL

Hudson Belinsky        
Photo: Villanova

Yesterday, Luke Emling crushed his seventh home run for the Adirondack Trail Blazers this summer. Not only is Emling leading the league in home runs, he’s running away with the league lead; no other player in the PGCBL has more than four home runs. The Villanova rising sophomore has 22 hits this season, and 12 of those hits have gone for extra bases.

Villanova Head Coach Joe Godri isn’t surprised by Emling’s offensive outburst.

He has tremendous power—as much power as maybe anyone in our league—and you’re seeing some of the numbers he’s putting up this summer. The good thing for us is he’s only going to be a sophomore.”

As amazing as Emling’s power is, his story might be even more fascinating. When he was in high school, Emling was recruited as a pitcher. With an upper-80s fastball, Emling was, and still is, a promising prospect on the mound. He was thought of more as a pitcher who could hit, but now he’s asserting himself as a hitter who can pitch.

At Villanova, Godri did whatever he could to get Emling’s bat in the lineup. The Wild Cats had a crowded outfield, so Emling was inserted mostly as a designated hitter, getting time in the outfield only sparingly. This summer, the Trail Blazers are giving Emling the opportunity to work on every aspect of his game.

When you transfer over to playing daily and you realize that you’re not getting taken out of the lineup, it becomes a lot easier to become more relaxed and you’re able to see pitches better and just sit back and wait on your pitch,” Emling said. “Just being in a rhythm, it helps you to get more hits, see the ball better.”

Emling’s also seeing progress in the outfield, where he’s hoping to earn some playing time next season at Villanova. He has an excellent arm, and he played the outfield all through high school.

On the mound, Godri still sees upside for Emling.

We’re trying to cultivate him into kind of a back end of the bullpen guy. We’re kind of experimenting with him, maybe dropping him down into a submarine type guy. He throws hard and he has a good fastball.”

Emling’s control isn’t quite where Godri would like it and while he possesses prodigious power, he’s still coming along in terms of hitting for average. Emling is still a raw player, but he has tremendous upside on both sides of the game.

For now, Emling is enjoying his time in upstate New York, where the Trail Blazers are drawing excellent crowds this season, their inaugural summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Going into next season, the sky is the limit for this powerful prospect.

Most Viewed Related Articles
Summer Collegiate All-Americans
The 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Summer Collegiate All-America teams (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention) are now available an... READ 
Cape Cod League top prospects
Surging righthander Logan Gilbert of Stetson continued to get better and better this past summer and was named the top prospe... READ 
Summer Collegiate Top Prospects
Click here to access the content schedule and all links as they become available for the 2017 Summer Collegiate league-by-lea... READ 
Tom Sox top summer team
Led by a coach with local roots in manager Corey Hunt, the Charlottesville Tom Sox dominated the Valley League this summer on... READ 
Recent Related Articles
Northwoods top prospects
Florida College World Series hero Tyler Dyson was the slam-dunk choice for the No. 1 prospect in the Northwoods League, who c... READ 
Cape Cod League top prospects
Surging righthander Logan Gilbert of Stetson continued to get better and better this past summer and was named the top prospe... READ 
California League top prospects
The California Collegiate Baseball League continues to see and impressive number of impact players, this year led by Texas Te... READ 
Coastal Plain top prospects
A very intriguing physical specimen with potential game-changing athletic tools, Santa Clara outfielder Andre Nnebe stood out... READ 
Great Lakes top prospects
Michigan two-way talent Jack Weisenberger enjoyed a strong summer on the mound on his way to being named the top prospect in ... READ 
Futures League top prospects
The top-end talent in the Futures League this past summer was largely represented by incoming freshman, including former PG A... READ 
 

About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Terms of Use :: Privacy Policy :: Site Map :: Testimonials
Copyright 1994-2017 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.