In three games I have seen Hoover play, Bird has 11 plate appearances, reached base nine times and scored eight. I have him 5-for-10 (.500) in those games with three stolen bases in games against Poca, Sissonville and Charleston Catholic - and I am not a batter-friendly scorekeeper. On No. 11, he was hit by a pitch. That's not far off from his official season average of .541 entering this week.
He has struck out only once in those games - it was against Poca for only the 15th strikeout of his four-year high school varsity career. In the strike out I saw, he fouled off three consecutive 2-2 pitches before being caught looking.
You could also throw him in the pitching rotation for 25 innings or more with a couple starts and you'll get a win or two. He throws a curveball for strikes and keeps opponents off-balance with a timely fastball.
Against Charleston Catholic - a Class A final four team in 2012 - he had nine strikeouts and no walks.
There is pure focus, drive and determination with the 2010 Daily Mail Freshman of the Year - all cliches, certainly, but not without evidence.
"He's an excellent player," said Catholic Coach Bill Mehle, whose team reached the Class A championship game in 2011. "I saw him at the Y every time I was there this winter and he was doing a lot of baseball-specific conditioning. He's just committed to playing the game as best he can.
"He does it with his conditioning and mental approach. All credit to him."
You can lament the merits of Hoover's schedule, but I can't think of a team in the Valley for whom he wouldn't be the starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter from the largest in enrollment at Capital, to the best program in Hurricane and the top of the Kanawha Valley Class A food chain in Charleston Catholic.
One former Herbert Hoover player said that he was the best centerfielder he has seen. Coach Brian Young said, half-jokingly, he'll probably cry when Bird graduates.
"He's an unbelievable athlete," said Young, in his sixth season as head coach at Hoover. "If he wasn't such a good outfielder, he missed his calling on the mound. He's got a great fastball, he's got good command and he can just flat bring it."
That's just pitching, which he has done for only 12 innings this season with one earned run.
"At the plate," Young said, "he almost baits them with two strikes because he knows they have to come to him. His eyes get big and he just puts the ball in play."
Young said it seems like there's nothing he can't do.
Well, we might take home runs off the table, but maybe that's only because he doesn't try.
His job is to get on base, which he has done at an alarming rate.
Is he the toughest out in the 13-team Kanawha Valley?
Maybe the question is, do you really want to find out for yourself?
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