There’s nothing small about Bill Cullen’s game, that is, other than Cullen himself. Listed at 5-foot-9, the VCU center fielder manages to pack quite a punch into his 180-pound frame.
A left-handed batter, Cullen summons uncommon power through strong hands and hummingbird bat speed. Cullen generates so much energy at the plate, he’s been known to send his own dugout running for cover. Coach Shawn Stiffler says he’s been tempted to use the trash can lid as a shield against Cullen’s foul balls.
“He has probably the best bat speed of anyone I’ve ever coached,” Stiffler says.
The good news for those ducking in the third base dugout is that Cullen spends the majority of his time thumping baseballs into the ample fairways provided between the lines at The Diamond, VCU’s spacious home field.
That’s when the fun really begins.
The Diamond, cavernous by college baseball standards, allows Cullen to showcase arguably his most dynamic skill: his speed. In 59 games last season, Cullen hit .347 with 25 doubles, five home runs and tied for the national lead with nine triples. The Diamond may cost Cullen a few home runs, but its alleys are as wide as airport runways, ideal for a gap hitter with good wheels. In other words, the place was practically built for guys like Cullen.