The 2012 Torrington Titans. Day 2. Rich Graef. Junior, OF, UMASS at Amherst.
The 2012 Torrington Titans
Rich Graef, Junior, OF, UMASS at AmherstHometown: Simsbury, CT
Graef returns to patrol the outfield at Fuessenich Park after a successful spring that has him leading the Minutemen in hitting with a .315 average in 35 games played.
In 2011, Graef helped the Titans to the championship series during the Futures Collegiate Baseball Leagues inaugural season.
Torrington finished with a 27-17 record in ‘11 and Graef helped set the table with his .249 batting average from the leadoff spot.
Always a threat when he got on base, Graef led the team in steals with 16 while scoring 20 runs.
The Minutemen are currently in a race for the post season in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 11-7 record (19-17 overall).
“It would be the first time we made the tournament since I have been at the school.” Graef said. “The top six make it and right now we are sitting in fourth,”
Graef has been perfect in the outfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage with three assists.
Hailing from Simsbury, Graef spent many a day at Fuessenich Park during his days with the American Legion.
The Atlantic 10 tournament runs from May 23-26 at Houlihan Park at Fordham University.
With an expanded league that has grown from four to nine teams, Graef is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in another action packed summer of baseball.
“It’s going to be great going to the new parks and playing against new teams.” Graef said. “Playing against the same three other teams last season got a little rough. I like how fast the league has expanded. They seem to be doing a lot right.”