BRISTOL - In Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani has made waves globally for being both a standout on the mound and at the plate.
It’s something that hasn’t been done successfully since Babe Ruth did so early in his playing days.
This year’s Bristol Blues team will also have a player that plays both ways, just like Ohtani.
Emory University sophomore Richard Brereton is a storyline that should draw fans to Muzzy Park all summer long as he enters his first season in Bristol.
Muzzy Field isn’t far from where Brereton attended high school and played baseball, at Darien High. Brereton was a key player for the Blue Wave during his tenure and earned MVP honors when Darien won the FCIAC championship three years ago.
While his high school career was impressive, Brereton’s performance at the collegiate level has been just as eye-opening.
Brereton had a .360 batting average in 32 games played for the Eagles leading into Friday night’s game against Huntingdon. He has flashed both power and speed with one home run, 16 RBI, 32 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.
On the mound he hasn’t missed a beat. Brereton has allowed just five earned runs in his last 25 innings pitched, and the last three starts should especially have Blues fans excited.
Against Case Western Reserve, Brereton pitched a complete game
in Emory’s 5-2 win. He allowed two earned runs and struck out six.
Brereton followed it up with a pair of impressive showings against Washington (Mo.) and Brandeis. In both starts, Brereton went seven strong innings.
Against the Bears he struck out nine batters and allowed just five hits.
In his most recent outing against the Judges, Brereton struck out six batters and allowed six hits while walking three.
If his Connecticut background wasn’t enough, Brereton being a two-way player should make for an interesting, yet unconventional storyline all season long at Muzzy Field.