BVT’s Brodeur Comes up Aces for Post 59
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · July 08, 2016
Tyler Brodeur's contribution to the Milford Legion baseball team through the first half of his first season with the club has surprised a few people, including his manager and himself.
"At the beginning of the year I thought I would just be a starter, but I feel like I have taken on a larger role and been a key component to the pitching staff," Brodeur said.
Through his first three games, Brodeur is 1-1 with a 1.05 ERA. He's allowed just two earned runs in 13.1 innings of work for manager Steve DiVitto's team.
"We viewed him as a guy in our starting rotation, definitely," DiVitto said. "Did I think he would go the first 13 innings and give up two runs, probably not. He is the way his coach at BVT, Scott Felper, described him, a gamer, a bulldog, and a great kid to coach."
Brodeur, who graduated Valley Tech this spring and played for the Hopedale Jays last year, has said the transition to legion baseball has been "a lot different." Having the coaches call the pitches has been one adjustment, Brodeur said, and unlike during his time in the Colonial Athletic League, he doesn't throw hard enough to simply strike batters out consistently.
"I am pitching more to contact than trying to blow kids away, I think I am only averaging about two Ks per start," he said. "It makes me trust my fielders a lot more and not just put all the pressure on myself to execute everything."
The Whitinsville native said having the coaches call the game for him has helped with his accuracy and with keeping his pitches down in the strike zone. He has also enjoyed the more intense atmosphere that comes with playing for Post 59.
"It's crazy," Brodeur said about playing at Fino Field. "It's like everyone knows your name but you don't know anyone else."
The only Valley Tech product on the roster, Brodeur said he has been able to gel with his new teammates through postgame jaunts to fast food restaurants and the schedule itself, which jams 24 games into a single month.
"You have to have a short memory in this league," he said. "It's been non stop games."
"He has a terrific mindset for a young kid pitching, he doesn't let anything outside of what he is focusing on bother him," DiVitto said. "He is also a great team player. On the nights he is not pitching, he is getting loud and cheering on his teammates."
Brodeur is heading to Worcester State in the fall and hopes to continue his baseball career there. He is undeclared, but said he will most likely be going into business. Before he becomes a Lancer, he a few goals in mind for his current team, which also dons the blue and gold.
"I want to help lead this team," he said. "I want to be the Zone 4 champions, and to win a state title with the Milford Legion."