BRISTOL - With their eyes on a first ever Futures Collegiate Baseball League title, the Bristol Blues have another premier player entering the lineup.
Wethersfield’s Jimmy Sullivan will be spending the rest of his summer with the team in preparation for the University of Virginia, his home over the next four years.
It was just a month ago when Sullivan had a memorable Class L state championship performance for Wethersfield. He delivered a pair of home runs and triples with six RBI to lead the Eagles to a 16-4 win over Windsor. It was the school’s first state championship.
“That was a great feeling winning the state title with all my teammates,” Sullivan said. “We knew when we beat New Britain, one of the top Class LL teams around, that it was possible. And we worked to make sure we reach our goal.”
The outfielder will bring a versatile game to Bristol.
His offensive ability will be a plus for the Blues and a welcoming addition to an offense that’s averaged seven runs per game over its last four.
“Jimmy will bring a solid left-handed bat to the order along with being very athletic on the bases,” Blues manager Ronnie Palmer said. “Defensively he covers a lot of ground in the outfield and has a plus arm, which in turn will strengthen our outfield.”
While Bristol has the second-best fielding percentage in the FCBL (.962), the 173 assists in the field ranks in the bottom half of the league. So Sullivan’s ability to throw out base runners trying to advance will be helpful in preventing runs.
While his game is solid, Sullivan will be looking to improve in every facet before starting his Division-I career.
“I’m just trying to improve as a player and have a good record with Bristol,” Sullivan said. “There’s good competition [in the league] so I can work on different things. I’m mainly looking to improve on my base running.”
Virginia put together a 29-25 season this past year. In the meantime, Sullivan will be looking to make it 2-for-2 in terms of winning titles when he joins the Blues lineup.
“It would mean a lot to win two titles this year,” Sullivan said. “The feeling with Wethersfield was the best and to win another championship game this year would be special.”
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