Greg Fowble never had problems handling the plays at shortstop during his career at Granada Hills High. But last season, as a freshman at the University of Arizona, the usually sure-handed Fowble committed 32 errors--the fourth-highest total in school history.
"I think coming out of high school into a major college program, you make a few errors and it gets to be psychological," said Fowble, who returns home Friday with the Wildcats for a three-game, Pacific 10 Conference Southern Division-opening series against UCLA.
Those who venture to Jackie Robinson Stadium to see Fowble might not recognize the guy playing shortstop for Arizona (15-4). That is because it will be freshman Rick Lanthrip.
Fowble, who batted .295 last season, has moved to second base.
"It wasn't a very big adjustment," said Fowble, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the eighth round of the 1986 draft. "The throw is a lot easier, but the turn on the double play is pretty tough. I like it. I think my future in pro ball is at second base."