It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a point when Jimmy Titus felt misunderstood as a baseball player.
This was before he became the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year at East Catholic High School in Connecticut. Before winning the Northeast Conference Rookie of the year honors as a freshman this year at Bryant University. Before starting at shortstop in the 2017 NECBL All-Star Game after a terrific season for the Ocean State Waves.
"Initially, I was basically labeled as a pitcher that threw 86 or 87 off the mound," said Titus, a native of Stafford, Conn. "Then that perception shifted a little bit to me being a third baseman with an OK bat."
He added: "People can tell you what they think about how you play, but you’re the one in control of that. I’ve been able to change that narrative and what’s said about me by what I’ve been able to do on the field."