The Astros select another shortstop, 5'11" 170lb Ben Orloff from UC-Irvine. Like Meyer, not to be confused with Mier, Orloff is from Simi Valley, CA, Orloff was named a Top 10 Returning Senior by Rivals.com and was a 2008 All-Big West Conference 1st Teamer - topped by his winning Big West Player of the Year.
Orloff holds team records for UC-Irvine in hits (280), runs (178) and at-bats (254).
Says Orloff, following their season-ending loss:
“God blessed me so much to play for these coaches and with my teammates in this program. It has been awesome. I can’t say enough about what UCI means to me and how grateful I am for the opportunity to have played here the last four years.”
Last season for UC-Irvine, Orloff's line:
91x254, 16K:21BB, .358 avg / .409 slg, 18SB