The question with Brandon Walsh playing baseball at UMass Amherst has never been “if” he’s going to be good, it has always been a matter of “when.” And “when” appears to be right now.
The North Andover native and sophomore has gotten off to a good start as a combo catcher/pitcher.
While UMass has struggled mightily coming into this weekend at 1-12, Walsh has been one of the Minutmen’s solid performers as a catcher, starting eight games hitting .276 with a homer and four RBI. He’s also had two relief appearances, not faring so well (5.1 innings, 6 ER, 7 BB, 8 K) but showing promise.
“Brandon will play a key role for us this year as a pitcher, mostly late in the game as a short reliever,” said UMass coach Mike Stone. “At catcher, he’s beginning to adjust timing-wise at the plate and he will make a contribution offensively as well.”
Stone said the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has embraced the dual roles, which is a rare occurrence even at the high school level.
“Brandon is a tough competitor and wants to help the ball club become successful,” said Stone. “He will have a very meaningful role with the team moving forward. Fortunately, he’s a big strong kid and he bounces back pretty well with all the throwing he has to do.”
Huskies catcher is Salem’s Treff
We had a few stories recently about the emergence of Andover resident Dustin Hunt, a Northeastern University freshman pitcher, and his early successes.
Well, one of the reasons might be the guy calling his pitchers, sophomore Joshua Treff, of Salem, N.H. Treff has caught all 16 games for the Huskies, which are a respectable 7-9 heading into the weekend. While Treff hasn’t gotten off to a great start offensively, hitting .204, he is tied for third on the team with six walks and his defense has been its typical stellar self.