Brereton continues to star as two-way player for Bristol Blues

Published on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 18:20
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

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BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues have had a luxury this summer with Emory University’s Richard Brereton on the team.

In Brereton, the Blues have gotten a player who has shined both on the mound and in the batter’s box. But that’s something that isn’t new for the Darien native.

“I love to hit but I also love to control the game on the mound,” Brereton said. “It’s something that I’ve worked at for a long time and I don’t plan on giving up until someone tells me I have to do one over the other. And right now I don’t have to make that decision so I’m just going to continue doing what I’m doing, which is working as hard as I can at each one.”

In the 3-2 Bristol win Tuesday night against the Pittsfield Suns, Brereton once again showed his dominant ability on the mound. He pitched six scoreless innings allowing two hits and issuing a pair of walks with seven strikeouts. It was his first time on the mound since July 5.

“It’s not a surprise that he was his college’s Friday night guy (a night reserved for the team’s best pitcher),” Blues manager Ronnie Palmer said. “He’s been limited with his innings pitched [for us] because he threw so many innings for Emory this past spring. So we’ve used him in different roles out of the [bullpen] but we just thought it was a good time for him to get a start [Tuesday] and he did what we expected out of him because that’s the type of competitor he is.”

Over the season Brereton boasts a .274 batting average in 157 at bats with 13 stolen bases to accompany a 1.01 ERA on the mound with 25 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings pitched.

In other words, Brereton is as good as it gets in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League right now.

“He’s done a fantastic job,” Palmer said. “He’s been an infielder for us and an outfielder for us. He’s pitched for us and he’s DHed a game or two for us so he’s done everything we’ve asked at a pretty high level. To the extent of what he’s done this summer I don’t think anybody else in the FCBL is comparable at this point of the year.”

While Brereton loves playing both sides of the ball, the long-term goal is to get to the next level - playing affiliated baseball with a professional organization.

In order to do so, he’d be willing to make the move to playing just one side of the ball if the opportunity presents itself to him and that’s the offer.

“Absolutely, I understand how hard it is to play both ways at the next level,” Brereton said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to play at the next level whether that’s swinging the bat or on the mound. If I’m lucky enough and the opportunity presents itself, I’ll take whatever comes to me. That’s the goal.”

Until he’s told otherwise, Brereton is going to keep playing on both sides of the ball and everything he’s done this summer in Bristol suggests he’s going to be able to keep doing so.

“I’m going to let the scouts decided that and I’ll listen to whatever they have to say,” Brereton said. “I haven’t been told to stop doing one yet. I love to do both and I will continue to do both for as long as I possibly can.”

Dan Orencole can be reached at (860) 973-1811 or dorencole@bristolpress.com



Posted in New Britain Herald, Bristol Blues on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 18:20. Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2018 18:22.