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Little All-City baseball player of the year: Blake Estep a workhorse for Jones

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Staff Writer Published: June 4, 2011

As recommended by his father, Estep is also accustomed to throwing 100-pitch bullpen sessions between starts.

Lowe said he saw this season coming for Estep. After a good sophomore year, Estep had a great summer in Florida that only gave him more confidence.

Originally slotted in the two-hole, Lowe said he had to move Estep to third in the batting order because Estep was so productive.

Estep hit .445 with four home runs and 44 RBIs. And there was never a scenario where Estep couldn't be out there as he is a switch hitter.

“I've been that way for a long time, since fourth or fifth grade,” Estep said. “There's never been any question about wanting to play every day.”

Estep had to rein himself in. He said he was trying to do too much as a sophomore, but he found the balance this year.

At 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, Estep has the height of a dominant pitcher but is working on adding the pounds.

“That's what this offseason is about,” said Estep, who will play for a Texas traveling team. “I've already put on 10 pounds since the end of the year so I just have to stick with it.”