Ahhh, ole’ PSU. HIT THE MUSIC!
Jordan Steranka crushes baseballs. He slugged .615 for the Nits this season while hitting .363 with 11 bombs, 20 doubles, and two triples. The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has seen a lot of Steranka and today they made him their 21st round pick in the draft.
He is a PA boy and had offers from Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and others. He made the Penn State team in his freshman year and hasn’t stopped hitting since. Steranka played first base and third base for the Nittany Lions.
When he earned Big Ten first team honors a few weeks back, Steranka was listed as fifth in the Big Ten conference in batting average (.362), first in slugging percentage (.615), third in hits (79), second in doubles (18), second in home runs (11) and first in total bases (134).
He set Penn State’s career record for total bases and is second all-time in hits, doubles and RBIs.
The Astros drafted Steranka last year in the 30th round, but he returned to State College for his senior year. He knows a little bit about playing at Medlar Field, also home of the State College Spikes.
At the 2:00 mark you can see a monster game that Steranka had two years ago.
This is a good video that talks about Steranka’s accomplishments, history with the Pirates, and success at Penn State.
Video talking about the approach to hitting that Steranka (and others) take at the plate:
A few more PSU/Steranka videos here.