BRISTOL - Bristol Blues infielder Richard Brereton is already making a name for himself in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Eleven games into the season, Brereton has established himself as one of the most consistent and reliable offensive players in the league. He is second in the league for hitting entering Wednesday, batting .390 in 41 at-bats. He trails the league-leader, Thomas Joyce of the Nashua Silver Knights, by .032 points.
Much of that has to do with his ability to put the ball in play. Brereton has four multi-hit games in his first 11 and has only been held hitless twice so far, making him the only Blues player to rank in the top 15 in hitting in the league.
Yet it’s also a continuation of what the infielder was able to do this past season in college, where he established. In 69 games with Emory University, the junior batted .303.
“I’m just trying to see something to hit,” Brereton said. “Not trying to do too much is really the key for me.”
As a team that has been struggling offensively, Brereton’s abilities have stood out even more. He is the only Blues player ranked in the top 15 in the league in hitting
He also leads the Blues with seven RBI, outfielder Conor Nolan and catcher Alex Baumann are second with four each. And out of the players who play on a regular basis, Brereton leads in on-base percentage (.490), on-base plus slugging (.978) and slugging percentage (.488).
But Brereton has also proven he can do more than just hit well. He can pitch as well when called upon.
In the four innings split across two games Brereton has pitched for the Blues, he’s struck out eight batters and walked four. He has also held batters to just two hits and hasn’t given up a run. His record on the season currently sits at 2-0.
At Emory, Brereton has pitched 102 innings, striking out an 89 batters with a 3.24 ERA.
“He’s a team guy.” Blues manager Ronnie Palmer said. “Regardless of where you play or who you play for, that’s the type of teammate you want.”
Brereton’s season with the Blues has just begun. But if his numbers now are any indication of where he is headed, the Blues are guaranteed a reliable team player who is a tough out for any opponent.