Playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League this summer, Brandon Walsh who is a rising junior at UMass is showcasing his talent to scouts around baseball. In 59 at-bats thus far, the North Andover Native has collected 15 hits putting his batting average at a solid .254 clip. Walsh has struggled to make contact at times though, striking out a total of 11 times, or in 25.42% of his at-bats. Walsh has popped two dingers, knocked in five RBIs, and scored eight times for the Nashua Silver Knights this summer. He is a valuable contributor to the team, much like he was for the Minutemen last spring. With a little work on his plate discipline, Walsh could develop into a great asset to the Knights and Minutemen; he could definitely stand to take a couple more talks.
Walsh’ presence on the mound this summer has been limited. Pitching just 2 2/3 innings for his summer club posting a 13.50 ERA, he has yet to really see much time on the mound. His numbers on the mound are not great for the Knights, but it is a minute sample size compared to what he had in the spring when he posted a 3.02 ERA in 44 2/3 innings of work. He did rack up a win in his two appearances so far by chance, and struck out a pair as well.
Playing in a Summer Collegiate league definitely is good for Walsh and will help him improve as a ballplayer. Last year he smacked just one homerun for the Minutemen in 117 at-bats for the club which seems strange for the 6ft2 205lb catcher. Walsh is a big strong guy and definitely shows some power potential. With this being said, his summer coaches might be able to tap into that power potential more than his spring coaches giving Walsh a chance to hit a lot of bombs for the Minutemen next year. Although he is not focusing on pitching at the moment, Walsh has a strong throwing arm and will pitch well again next year. He is a possibility for the 2015 MLB draft and with the way he has been playing as of late, do not be surprised if he gets his name called next June