Jake Wallace (Methuen, Mass.) introduced himself to his teammates as the new UConn closer in January by clocking 95 mph on a radar gun during an otherwise uneventful session for pitchers.
"That was his first pitch to live batters," UConn coach Jim Penders said. "When you see a guy hit 95 mph on Jan. 15, you know he’s diligent and prepared."
Wallace flashed that same level of diligence and preparation on the Cape last summer when he served as the closer for the Bourne Braves. His 2019 MLB draft stock skyrocketed after earning a CCBL All-Star selection. The UConn setup man made a asmooth transition to Cape League closer, running a scoreless-innings streak to 13⅔ innings on the season.