Through a press release the Torrington Titans summer baseball team announced on Friday the signing of four UConn players for the upcoming summer season.
All four players are also from Connecticut.
Taylor Olmstead, a 2013 graduate of Greenwich High School, was drafted in the 13th round by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 MLB draft last year, but decided to keep his commitment to UConn. Olmstead is an outfielders and is preparing for his freshman year in Storrs.
Titans manager Dan McNamara has high expectations for Olmstead.
“Olmstead will be one of the top players in the the FCBL this summer,” he said in the Titans press release.
The next three players, Willy Yahn, Zach Risedorf and William Montgomerie have yet to play at the collegiate level.
Yahn, a senior at Housatonic high school, committed to UConn over the summer and will be used as an infielder for the Huskies, despite being named the top pitcher in the Berkshire League last season as a junior. Yahn will also play the infield for the Titans, and the team has high hopes for him.
“We’re expecting big things from Yahn this summer and I think he has the potential to be drafted in the future. He is very athletic and is a gap to gap hitter, with pop in his bat,” said McNamara.
Risedorf also committed to UConn over the summer. Risedorf is a senior at Northwestern high school and helped lead the Highlanders to the Class M finals where they lost to St. Josephs. He was also named the top hitter in the Berkshire League last season, as a junior. McNamara sees Risedorf getting playing time right away for the Titans.
“Has the potential to be the team’s starting catcher for the summer. He has quick release from behind the plate and has power potential in his hitting,” McNamara said in the release.
Montgomerie plays at Salisbury School, from Lakeville, and will pitch for the Titans this summer.
“Has a great arm with a heavy sink in his repertoire and sits at 87-90,” said McNamara.
The Titans play in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.