Learn and Adjust
April 15, 2005
One of the marks of a good athlete is learning from experience and making adjustments, and that is just what the Spartan junior is doing in his third season in
Cattrysse is filling the role of super-sub for head coach Ted Mahan's club and had continued to make the adjustments that have made him a success throughout his college career.
"I feel I have improved every year in certain facets of my game," Cattrysse said. "I am pleased with my improvement, but I still think I can improve more over the duration of this year and the next. It (college career) has gone how I expected it to the past couple of years. I have improved every year, which has allowed my to accomplish that goal, but I feel I can hit a little bit better that I have shown in the last two years."
Cattrysse has experienced great success at the plate since he arrived at MSU. In his freshman campaign of 2003 the 6'3" Cattrysse played in 55 games and had 205 plate appearances while batting .278 with nine doubles and 17 runs batted in. In 2004, Cattrysse improved his average to .309 and knocked in 31 runs.
"I feel hitting is one of my strengths," Cattrysse said. "When I am swinging the bat well, I feel there is no better hitter in the nation. Also my arm - I have worked hard to develop a strong arm - the hard work has eventually paid off."
That hard work has made Cattrysse one of the top fielders in the Big Ten. During his rookie season, the
Cattrysse has developed into the hitter he is today with a lot of extra effort and instruction from his coaches. He has also become adept at not only studying his opponents, but changing his approach as needed while the game progresses.
"Before I face a pitcher, I like to know if he is a fastball or off-speed pitcher," Cattrysse explained. "Also, what pitches he likes to throw on certain counts. This way I can look for a pitch and not get surprised by it. I like to look at how he pitched me and my teammates as the game goes on so I have a better understanding of what he's going to throw during my next at-bat. I also try to understand his strengths and weaknesses."
But, Cattrysse's biggest achievement so far was the day he arrived in
"My greatest accomplishment was getting used to attending a big school like
In his three years at Michigan State, Cattrysse has faced and stepped up to many challenges not only on the field but in on field but in other areas of his life. Through his experiences he has learned and adjusted to become a star on the diamond and excel off it.