BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues put together a strong summer in 2017 and will be getting back a key member from the pitching staff of last year’s team.
Babson starting pitcher Michael Genaro is set to return for the Blues and manager Ronnie Palmer this summer. He was a front-end starter for Bristol.
“It was a great experience playing with the Blues last season,” Genaro said. “To be able to play at Muzzy Field with the big crowds as a Division III guy was pretty cool. I really appreciated the experience and can’t wait to get back. They really treat you well. The Blues are a first-class organization.”
The lefty put together a successful season last year and was a key component in Bristol reaching the postseason of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Genaro started eight games in the regular season, going 2-0, and was fifth in the FCBL with a 3.50 ERA. He threw 43.2 innings, allowing 17 earned runs with 24 strikeouts.
Genaro didn’t give up more than four earned runs all season, as a model of consistency. In his postseason appearance against the Nashua Silver Knights, he struggled. He only lasted three innings, giving up six earned runs. The start was a learning experience and makes Genaro that much more eager to get back.
“If nothing else, it really taught me to be more disciplined,” Genaro said. “With the warm weather in the summer, powerful bats can make you pay quick, so it teaches you to stay locked in and not miss any pitches.”
With the Beavers right now, Genaro has looked strong with a 2.65 ERA in 34 innings pitched. He has also added 23 strikeouts and won four of his five games started this season.
Babson is currently 13-7 on the year as a team.
Most recently, Genaro went six shutout innings against WPI in Babson’s 26-1 victory. He allowed eight hits in the contest and struck out seven.
“You can’t replace the quality of starts that he gives you,” Palmer said. “So for us to have him back and eating innings is going to be important. We were in games or won the games that he started last summer.”
Genaro doesn’t blow batters away, but the southpaw brings a finesse style of pitching to the mound and tries to outsmart hitters, pitching to contact.
If the Blues are to make another run at a championship this summer, Genaro will need to have another strong season. The reunion has both Genaro and the Blues excited.
“He’s a crafty lefty. He’s well-rounded and even-keel,” Palmer said. “The way he handles himself and carries himself off the field as a person is something our coaching staff and organization wants to have around. We look forward to having him back and he’ll be a big part of any postseason run.”
Dan Orencole can be reached at 860-973-1811