30 Days of 30 Titans...Day 7. Jim Topps.
College: University of Buffalo
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Titans Outlook: The Titans may have found their 2013 leadoff man in Topps, who has been batting in that spot his entire career.
This spring at Buffalo, Topps is hitting .318 with 31 runs scored and 47 hits.
His team is not done yet and has a huge week ahead of them as they try and win the MAC title, which they can do by winning three of their last four games.
"It would be our first MAC title ever." Topps said. "We are 29-19 now, 16-6 in conference play."
The Chicago native transferred to the Division I Bulls after two years at Prairie State College.
His second season was a memorable one that saw him earn All-NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference First Teams.
Topps hit .409, the 10th best in school history with 70 hits, good for fourth best ever at the school.
When asked about his expectations this summer, Topps looked to improve his ability to manufacture runs.
"I want to work on my base-stealing this summer." Topps said. "I did okay this spring but want to be better as a senior."
When he came to Buffalo, Topps did not expect to see much time but earned his stripes pretty quickly and found himself intrenched in the batting order.
Topps comes from the same school that sent Steve Geltz to Torrington in 2008 where he was drafted by the Anaheim Angles.
Geltz made the big club in 2012 for a short stint and is now a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
"Steve came to the gym this winter and practiced with us." Topps said. "He was throwing so easily but man the ball got to you in a hurry."
Summer baseball in Torrington has always been about getting yourself noticed. Geltz did it, Topps will look to do the same.