Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Listed at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, infielder Alex Wojciechowski is easily the biggest player on this year's Duluth Huskies roster, and that's the way he likes it.
"It's nice to be bigger," he said. "You can usually muscle it out a little more, but you also have a lot bigger strike zone too, which is tough as well."
The guy they call "Wojo" is second on the team this summer in RBI, and he's a name manager Dan Hersey loves writing on the lineup card.
"He's a big kid, and he continues to work every day," said Hersey. "He's going to be a force once everything clicks with him."
With his size, it's almost a wonder Wojciechowski didn't grow up a hockey or a football player, but he says baseball always seemed to first in his mind.
"I liked both sports, but I just had more offers for baseball," said Wojciechowski, "and baseball just seemed like the right choice after high school."
That choice brought him to the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), where Wojo became the first player ever to be named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) player and freshman of the year in the same season.
He says this summer with the Huskies is all about improving his game for next spring with the Bulldogs.
"I'm just trying to focus on how hit the faster pitching, the better pitching," said. Wojciechowski. "I should be good for next year, then."
And if he continues at his current rate of development, Hersey expects there to be even bigger things in the future for "Wojo."
"He's got the frame and he's got the size. He's got to shore up some things, which we've been working on hard and Bob Rients will continue working on at UMD," said Hersey. "I think, if he continues to do what he's doing, he's got a really good shot at getting to the next level."