NEW BEDFORD — A fresh set of eyes can see a lot.

Just ask Dan Schock, an outfielder on the New Bedford Bay Sox.

Schock came to New Bedford after his junior season at Sacred Heart University, where he hit .203. Now, facing pitching that's a step up from what he had seen in college, the signs were there for a long, hot summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

It didn't take long for all that to change.

“As soon as I got here, my first day of practice, my first round of batting practice, Teddy saw it,” Schock said.

“It” was a problem with his swing, and Teddy is Bay Sox coach Teddy Regan.

“There were a bunch of mechanical issues with my swing,” Schock explained. “My front shoulder and elbow flew open and my head came off the ball. I've worked with Teddy and he changed my swing — a lot. I'm shortening my swing, staying shorter to the ball. At school, I struck out a bunch, but I feel a lot more comfortable in the (batters) box with my swing. It was tough, but, all that matters is I feel like my problem has been solved.”

Schock has something that not everyone carrying a bat has, and that's power. Despite a low batting average with the Pioneers, he tied for the team lead in home runs with four and threw in nine doubles and 23 RBIs.

“If he can hit the ball, it goes far,” Bay Sox manager Kyle Fernandes said. “He has pop when he makes contact. He's got plus power.”

Schock was a budding pitcher-outfielder in high school, but a sore elbow his junior year ended his pitching career.

Entering Saturday's doubleheader at Danbury, Connecticut, Schock is hitting .273 with a team-leading three home runs and five doubles in 17 games played. His home run figure is low because he plays half of his games at Paul Walsh Field, which is bigger than most NECBL fields.

The move to the NECBL is a step up for Schock, who played for the North Fork Ospreys of the Hampton League on Long Island last summer.

“The Hampton League is good for first- or second-year players, but the competition is a lot better in the NECBL,” Schock analyzed. “The pitching is better. You're seeing new pitchers (from college), different arms with more experience ... a lot better arms.”

Baseball players are notorious for being superstitious and Schock is no different.

“I'm more superstitious at school,” he admitted. “I listen to certain songs before I get off the bus and I always shower before a game. I play better when I'm clean! I always tap the inside of the plate, dig my back foot in and brush off the batter's box. And, on the road at college, I only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before a game.”

Crazy? That's baseball.

So are the fundamentals of swinging a bat.

“When I try to hit the ball hard, I over-swing,” Schock said. “I have to stay relaxed at the plate. With so many at bats, I know what I have to do.”

So does his manager.

“His ability to understand the strike zone and what he can do there is important,” Fernandes said. “The repetitions at the plate is how he's going to get better.”

Schock is a criminal justice major with hopes of becoming a police officer.

“I came in to school undecided and I took a class that was the introduction to criminal justice and just stuck with it,” he said. “Everything in that field is new and changing and it's so relevant to today. I want to be able to protect people who can't protect themselves.”

He also wants to take a shot at playing baseball at the next level.

“That's always been my goal, but time is running out,” Schock said. He went undrafted after his junior year at Sacred Heart University, leaving him one last season to make an impression on Major League Baseball.

“If I go back to school and put up good numbers, I might get drafted,” he said.

He'll go back with a new swing and newfound confidence.

And then there were three

On Friday morning, there were two former Bay Sox players earning major league salaries. By Saturday, there were three.

Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell, son of Red Sox manager John Farrell and two-time former Bay Sox pitcher, left the Omaha Storm Chasers and reported to Kansas City to make his major league debut with the Royals. Farrell was the starting pitcher against the Minnesota Twins in the afternoon half of a Saturday day-night doubleheader, with his father watching from the stands.

Farrell went 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, three walks and struck out two in his debut. He left the game trailing 5-1. Two of his walks were with the bases loaded and forced in runs, unusual for Farrell, who walked 27 batters in 82 1/3 innings at Omaha. He also gave up a solo home run to Miguel Sano leading off the third inning.

A sixth-round pick by the Royals in 2013, the 26-year-old Farrell has worked his way up the minor league system. At Omaha, he was 7-3 with a 3.83 earned run average before his call-up. In his last six starts for the Storm Chasers, he pitched 38 2/3 innings, gave up 23 hits, seven earned runs (1.63 ERA), seven walks and struck out 44.

Farrell joins Oakland A's pitcher Andrew Triggs and Tampa Bay Rays infielder Taylor Featherston as former Bay Sox in the majors.

Triggs, who started the first-ever Bay Sox game, is currently on the disabled list with a left hip strain. He is 5-6 with an ERA of 4.27. In his first eight starts, Triggs was 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA. In his two June starts, he was 0-2 with a 17.18 ERA, allowing 14 runs in 7 1/3 innings while trying to pitch through the hip problem. He was a 19th-round pick by the Royals in 2012 and was picked up by Oakland off waivers last spring.

Featherston, a fifth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2011, played second base for the inaugural Bay Sox (2009). He was claimed as a Rule 5 player by the Angels and remained on their roster the entire 2015 season, was traded to Philadelphia in 2016 and then was dealt to Tampa Bay last month.

He made his Rays debut June 9 and hit his first home run on June 13 against Toronto. He belted his second homer June 21 vs. Cincinnati. He is 7-for-27 for a .259 batting average with the two homers and five RBIs for the Rays.

Picking their spots

The Bay Sox have had success in one area — stolen bases.

This season, the Bay Sox have attempted 20 stolen bases and been caught three times. An 85 percent success rate is excellent, especially for a team that doesn't have great speed.

“I try to pick my spots,” Fernandes noted. “I try to put my guys in the best position to steal a base. We don't have any pure base stealers on the roster so I watch what the other team's pitchers are doing. For example, do they throw certain pitches in certain counts? It's worked pretty well, so far.”

Here and there

Bay Sox shortstop Corey Joyce's hot streak (11-for-19), which allowed him to claim the NECBL Player-of-the-Week honors last week, has only cooled somewhat. The rising sophomore from North Carolina Central was 6-for-11 for the week, entering the Saturday doubleheader at Danbury, and led the team with a .413 batting average. He is tied for the league's best average with John Trousdale of the Mystic Schooners. … Third baseman Luke Bakula finds himself in the middle of an 0-for-8 slump that has seen his average drop from .410 to .362. … Chandler Debrosse, a former two-time Standard-Times Baseball Player of the Year while at New Bedford High, has moved up to third among Bay Sox batters with a .324 batting average. ... Mattapoisett's Jeremiah Adams had a 2-for-2 night with three RBIs in a rain-shortened 7-0 win Friday for the Plymouth Pilgrims against Danbury. … When the Upper Valley Nighthawks went on the road and defeated the Sanford Mainers to boost their record to 12-2, the 12th win was the first one outside the state of Vermont. The Nighthawks play in Hartford, Vermont, and won 10 home games and added one win over the Vermont Mountaineers in Montpelier, Vermont. ... After Saturday's doubleheader in Danbury, the Bay Sox are home Sunday (6:30) against the Southern Division first-place Ocean State Waves. Monday is the short road trip to Plymouth to play the Pilgrims and the holiday is a day off. … The rest of the week has games at Vermont (vs. the Mountaineers) Wednesday, home vs. Newport Thursday, at Plymouth Friday, at North Adams Saturday and home again against Ocean State on Sunday the 9th. … Brent Teller, a rising sophomore at Sacred Heart University, is second in the NECBL in earned run average. The Bay Sox right-hander has allowed three earned runs in 20 innings for a 1.35 ERA.