Bio: Robert “R.C.” Orlan is a 6-0 left handed pitcher and is in the top 750 of the Perfect Game rankings for the 2009 recruiting class. His father ran track at Michigan and he’s has been clocked at 7.41 in the 60 yard dash. Orlan was named a 2008 all-district selection and was selected to the Virginia Commonwealth Games. He was a starter on the state championship team and was also a first-team all-academic choice.
Recruitment: Orlan chose to sign with the Tar Heels over East Carolina and was interested in Clemson, Virginia, South Carolina and Michigan. "About three years ago I was dropping my brother off - we drove him to North Carolina - and after my dad and I dropped him off we went and looked around at campuses at NC State, Duke and North Carolina. I loved the campus and loved everything about North Carolina. I went to a camp [in Chapel Hill] two years ago in the summer and did well and that was when I got contacted by North Carolina. I started getting e-mails and that summer they saw me pitch and I did not do very well - it was in the Commonwealth Games. I was just lucky to get a second chance. They saw me again in late August and I did really well and that is when they offered."
Why Carolina?: "Getting an education from North Carolina is the major thing and playing for a top five team and have the best coaches and facilities around. Being able to be at a great campus in a great college town with great players - I have never been on a team with top-five caliber players with the mentality of trying to be the best. I have the same goals of trying to win a national championship."
Scouting Report: Orlan has a slim, athletic build and has added 15 pounds of lean muscle to his frame since his freshman season. He sports a fastball, circle change, curveball and slider. He features a 12-6 curveball as his out pitch with a slightly higher arm slot over 3/4. His slider has sharp bite and his fastball ranges into the high 80s and has been improving every year - adding velocity as he has matured. In addition to his work on the mound, Orlan plays in the outfield and at first base and bats right handed. He projects to add left handed depth to the bullpen to start his collegiate career and long term potentially add a left handed arm to the starting rotation.
Coach Quote: "R.C. entered our program as a ninth grader on our JV team and he has been a member of the varsity since 10th grade,” said Deep Run head coach Grant O'Dell. “We had an injury about a fourth of the way through the season his sophomore season and we had to call him up and he got thrown into the fire. He pitched in an Easter or Spring Break tournament game and ended up throwing a shutout. He ended up being our No. 3 guy that season when we won the state championship. He has been a big part of our rotation the past three years.
"He has good command of his pitches. He has an idea what he wants to do out there on the mound. His velocity is usually consistent and you can rely on him to have a quality start every time he goes out there. He is athletic and he fields his position well. I think in the next couple of years when he gets his opportunity - if Coach Fox needs a middle reliever or however they are planning on using him - when he gets his opportunity he will jump in there and answer the call. The next thing you know he will be in there all the time; he is one of those kinds of kids who will give you everything he has got. He swings a pretty good bat and I think when it is all said and done he might end up being a two-way player in college when he is not pitching - he either plays in the outfield or at first base. He is our leading hitter right now and has hit a couple home runs."
Future Plans: "It would take a pretty big offer [from a Major League team]. Right now I want to go to North Carolina and get an education from a great school."