From April 21 through May 6, Deik Scram went on an 11 game hitting streak which raised his average to .344 at its peak. In seven of those games, he had multiple hits, including a game on May 6 in which he stroked two triples and a double with an RBI and three runs scored versus Burlington.
The secret to his success? Nothing more than a little Baseball 101.
"Basically it's just been seeing the ball," Scram said. "I've done one minor thing, I've flattened out my hands a little bit and choked up on the bat when I have two strikes on me.
"You go up there and you feel comfortable and you don't think the pitcher can beat you. You get set in, get comfortable and find a pitch that you can drive."
The 11 game hit streak is a career best for Scram, but not the first double-digit hit streak he has put together for the Tiger's organization. He recorded a 10 game streak for Oneonta in 2006 that was part of a solid showing in his first year of professional ball. Scram posted a .281 average with 12 doubles and six triples over 59 games while scoring 30 runs and socking 29 RBI.
Before that Scram played college baseball, first at Cowley County Community College for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State. He hit .376 his freshman year at Cowley, enough to make the Milwaukee Brewers select him in the 45th round of the 2005 draft. Scram opted to stay in school though, where he hit an incredible .456 with 49 RBI and 34 steals in 55 games his sophomore season. In his only year at OSU, Scram batted .363 with 13 doubles and seven triples in 57 games before being drafted by the Tigers.
As for signing with the Tigers when he did and not signing with Milwaukee when he had the opportunity, Scram says he has no regrets.
"I'm so glad I waited for this opportunity to play with the Tigers," Scram said. "I think this is one of the best organizations to be in. They work well with you and they try everyday to make you better."
One of the areas of Scram's game that coaches have worked to improve is taking advantage of his speed, which was last clocked at 6.39 seconds in the 60-yard dash while still at OSU.
"We work every day on getting better jumps, base stealing and taking fly balls off the bat," Scram said. "I went to instructional ball last year and worked on my base stealing. I'm really trying to work on getting better jumps."
If Scram can harness his speed and combine it with his ability to get on base and hit for extra bases, he could be an asset to the Tigers organization for years to come. As for right now, Scram will continue to work while carrying the right attitude.
"I want our team to win and play well each and every day. Even if we don't win at least come out and play well each and every day. That's our goal as a team, play hard, play well, play all 27 outs. As far as for me, I try to do everything possible to win. Advance runners, do my job basically."