BSB: Getting to Know Robbie Tenerowicz
BERKELEY -- Each year that one of Robbie Tenerowicz's Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo teammates went on a family vacation to Hawaii, and brought back something -- some kind of trinket, some little souvenir – the Cougars won the North Coast Section Division II title. So, this summer, he brought back a small turtle necklace. That, he says, means that California is going to an NCAA Regional.
Superstition aside, Tenerowicz is a ball of energy that's going to be a big part of the Golden Bears' plans going forward. He's a physical hitter, a smooth fielder and has boundless enthusiasm. That can sometimes get him in trouble, but there's no question that his heart is always in the right place. One of the crown jewels of the 2013 signing class, Tenerowicz does have a bit of maturing to do, but if there's an heir apparent to Tony Renda at second base, it's him.
"Robbie Tenerowicz, we'll get a chance to see if he fits and if he belongs in the starting lineup," said head coach David Esquer.
Tenerowicz has some sneaky pop and line-drive power to all fields, though his swing can get a bit long at times, and that's partly why Esquer won't throw him in the fire right away. He's already seen what happens to some hitters when that happens, as last year, both Mitchell Kranson and Max Dutto struggled mightily in the beginning of the season when forced to play because of injuries.
"I think there's a chance Derek [Campbell]'s going to play a little second base, so I can dip Robbie's toe into it a little bit, see if he belongs and see where he falls in his development," Esquer said. "I think last year, the way Devin Pearson got into the lineup was probably the right way to do it, versus throw two guys in there, against everyone, and say, ‘Hey, sink or swim.'"
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