At this time of the year, Bryant’s Ryan Klosterman isn’t unlike many Division 1 coaching colleagues in being hopeful about the state of his roster.
The fifth-year coach hopes to be able to showcase improved depth both positionally and in the bullpen during the 2024 season as the Bulldogs aim to improve upon a third-place finish during their second America East go-around.
“I do like our depth, I like our defense — I think we’ve increased in some areas, specifically third base and center field. I do like our offense,” Klosterman said. “I think we just lack some star power on the mound, maybe that overall horse on a Friday night, but we have a bunch of pieces.”
Klosterman is excited about the possibility of several returnees making a strong jump, citing senior catcher Jackson Phinney (Marshfield, Mass.) as the team’s best player during the fall. The former Nobles standout and Pitt transfer with a career .218 average has followed up a strong summer in the NECBL, increasing his contact rate while maintaining the power that has helped him hit 14 homers in two seasons.