Schimpf Making A Name For Himself

Ryan Schimpf is not a name you'll find among top 100 prospects lists, but the 24-year old handled everything the Fisher Cats threw at him in the month of August. Coming to a team that had just lost its two heaviest hitters to the Triple-A team in Las Vegas, Schimpf stepped in as a true source of power for the struggling Fisher Cats, hitting eight homers in Fisher Cat blue.

On top of that, he handled third base, second base and left field with great competence. All around, he looked like a gamer.

"Ryan Schimpf, he's a real tremendous talent," New Hampshire hitting coach Jon Nunnally said. "From what i saw, the kid's got talent, he has power, you know, he's got some speed, so I think he can hold his own."

Schimpf tallied 22 homers on the year, counting his 14 in Dunedin in the earlier half of the season. Prior to his joining New Hampshire, Nunnally hadn't been completely aware of his prowess.

"Well, I only saw him in Spring Training, wasn't with him much," Nunnally said. "I didn't know he had as much pop as he did have. I didn't know very much about him."

With big time prospect Jake Marisnick struggling to raise his average above .220 during his time with the Fisher Cats, Schimpf stood out as a success with Double-A New Hampshire. He not only had the power, but he had the ability to bring out his best when he needed to.

The potential for clutch performance came in handy while trying to play left field on a daily basis for the first time in his career. In the final series against the Portland Sea Dogs, Schimpf made a stellar throw from left field, gunning down a runner by a mile at home plate.

"He got good jumps on the baseballs, and he made nice throws, he threw to the right bases," Nunnally said. "You know, he thought the game through as he played through each and every situation out there, so he looked good out there."

The road wasn't a perfect one for Schimpf. On August 22, he let a ball pass through his legs, letting the lone run in the game score in a 1-0 loss to the Binghamton Mets. Its all part of the process though.

Schimpf said he felt his confidence grow significantly since he arrived in New Hampshire.

"Yeah, absolutely, it's [confidence] been getting better and better each day," Schimpf said. "Just keep on working every day and take the right aproach to the game."

Schimpf's unique ability to fit into a number of positions adds great value to a player who is, for the most part, still unknown.

"Well that's pretty rare," Nunnally said. "You don't find many guys who can play multiple positions, but I know these days they're looking more for that, guys who can play multiple positions."

Schimpf said he has no preference to where he plays in the field. He's excited to be playing right now.

When asked about filling the shoes of Eastern League All Stars Mike McDade and Mark Sobolewski, Nunnally said it doesn't seem like an issue for Schimpf.

"I wouldn't say it's a big task," Nunnally said. "I don't think it's just a matter of filling in for those guys, I think he deserved to be up there."

Nunnally said that Schimpf still struggles at times with left-handed pitching. These are the types of mental adjustments that need to be addressed in Schimpf's game. As far as the pop and competitive nature, he's fairly set.

"Just getting much better plate awareness when it comes to facing left handed pitching, he started getting better with that but he has a little ways to go.

"The one thing you know the kid can do, he can square up a fastball," Nunnally added. "So it's just a matter of him understanding plate discipline and things like that."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nOn top of that, he handled third base, second base and left field with great competence. All around, he looked like a gamer.
\r\n
\r\n\"Ryan Schimpf, he's a real tremendous talent,\" New Hampshire hitting coach Jon Nunnally said. \"From what i saw, the kid's got talent, he has power, you know, he's got some speed, so I think he can hold his own.\"
\r\n
\r\nSchimpf tallied 22 homers on the year, counting his 14 in Dunedin in the earlier half of the season. Prior to his joining New Hampshire, Nunnally hadn't been completely aware of his prowess.
\r\n
\r\n\"Well, I only saw him in Spring Training, wasn't with him much,\" Nunnally said. \"I didn't know he had as much pop as he did have. I didn't know very much about him.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith big time prospect Jake Marisnick struggling to raise his average above .220 during his time with the Fisher Cats, Schimpf stood out as a success with Double-A New Hampshire. He not only had the power, but he had the ability to bring out his best when he needed to.
\r\n
\r\nThe potential for clutch performance came in handy while trying to play left field on a daily basis for the first time in his career. In the final series against the Portland Sea Dogs, Schimpf made a stellar throw from left field, gunning down a runner by a mile at home plate.
\r\n
\r\n\"He got good jumps on the baseballs, and he made nice throws, he threw to the right bases,\" Nunnally said. \"You know, he thought the game through as he played through each and every situation out there, so he looked good out there.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe road wasn't a perfect one for Schimpf. On August 22, he let a ball pass through his legs, letting the lone run in the game score in a 1-0 loss to the Binghamton Mets. Its all part of the process though.
\r\n
\r\nSchimpf said he felt his confidence grow significantly since he arrived in New Hampshire.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah, absolutely, it's [confidence] been getting better and better each day,\" Schimpf said. \"Just keep on working every day and take the right aproach to the game.\"
\r\n
\r\nSchimpf's unique ability to fit into a number of positions adds great value to a player who is, for the most part, still unknown.
\r\n
\r\n\"Well that's pretty rare,\" Nunnally said. \"You don't find many guys who can play multiple positions, but I know these days they're looking more for that, guys who can play multiple positions.\"
\r\n
\r\nSchimpf said he has no preference to where he plays in the field. He's excited to be playing right now.
\r\n
\r\nWhen asked about filling the shoes of Eastern League All Stars Mike McDade and Mark Sobolewski, Nunnally said it doesn't seem like an issue for Schimpf.
\r\n
\r\n\"I wouldn't say it's a big task,\" Nunnally said. \"I don't think it's just a matter of filling in for those guys, I think he deserved to be up there.\"
\r\n
\r\nNunnally said that Schimpf still struggles at times with left-handed pitching. These are the types of mental adjustments that need to be addressed in Schimpf's game. As far as the pop and competitive nature, he's fairly set.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just getting much better plate awareness when it comes to facing left handed pitching, he started getting better with that but he has a little ways to go.
\r\n
\r\n\"The one thing you know the kid can do, he can square up a fastball,\" Nunnally added. \"So it's just a matter of him understanding plate discipline and things like that.\"
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