JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WDVM) – Early November; Cullen Horowicz took the spotlight for the 2020 Power Showcase Home Run Derby in Texas, and went out as the overall champion.
Cullen spread across the Texas Rangers’ new Globe Life Field, with his bat in the history books, with a 490-foot bomb of a wooden bat and a 501-foot dinger with a metal bat.
Needless to say, there is one aspect of baseball he likes above all others.
“Meeting.” said Cullen in one word.
He finished second in the 2019 edition of the Home Run Derby; but to be honest, Cullen’s performance in the showcase in 2020 was not guaranteed.
“We were not sure we would return this year.” said Chris Horowicz, Cullen’s father. “And through a lot of dialogue, both with Cullen, my wife Karissa, and the man who runs the Power Showcase, Brian Domenico, we decided to actually – very close to the last minute – take that journey and go back.”
In a segment on the MLB Network; Brian Domenico, CEO of Power Showcase World Classic; said one of the best players to watch this event was Cullen. And Cullen’s talents have not gone unnoticed; he recently committed to Army Baseball; back in June 2020.
“So when he came to us during the first part of COVID, we were a little stressed when he said he wanted to free from Campbell, and keep going and – try to go to the academy, especially West Point.” Chris Horowicz said, “During that time, we just took a deep breath, had a few conversations, and made sure it was the right thing to do, for him.”
“I was proud of him anyway, it’s quite an achievement to play Division I at both levels, and I can not even begin to tell you how incredibly supportive Campbell’s coach was when he called them. It was a very, very tough phone call to make, and they were amazing. In Chris Horowicz.
Cullen’s love of baseball, and his great ambitions for himself in the game, also started very young. But even at a young age, the talent became unknown.
“Probably started when I was nine, or 10 years old.” said Cullen Horowicz, “Before that I was actually a football player who played baseball. And then I also started having concussions, and after that I kind of had to focus on baseball. But when I started working on it, it was a bit of it when I generally started to fall in love with it. And since then, there has been a true love affair between the two of us. ”
“You can tell when a guy has something, just the way they behave.” said Mike Wineke, Cullen’s childhood coach for Shutout Orioles, a Baltimore-based travel team. “Obviously size and strength were a bit over everyone at the time. You know, he started swinging a bat, you could tell the ball, even when he was 12 years old, the ball came harder off the bat than other boys.”
And that talent is supported by a work ethic and a mental strength; that you just can not learn.
“I was just down in Ashville, North Carolina to work, and saw my wife send a picture of him and hit the cage. Outside. 20-something degrees. In the snow. “said Chris Horowicz.
“I mean it’s a nice feeling, but you always have to go to the box and know that you, like what you have, are going to beat what they have.” said Cullen, when asked about the feeling behind being a power hitter. “And it’s not a tricky thing, it’s just more to be confident and to be mentally stronger – like every day – even if you do not play your best, or even if you do not have your best swing that day, you is still better than the person facing you. ”
Cullen’s goal is to get to the Major League; and with the things he has shown early on, as he says, there is no limit to what he can do and where he can go.