What Niko Brini brings to UConn’s baseball program
BOSTON, Mass. — Boston College High School baseball star Niko Brini announced that he will be playing college baseball at the University of Connecticut in mid-November. For the Plymouth native, it was a dream come true after what has been an impressive high school career.
During his time at Boston College High School, Brini has been known for his ability to get on base. The 18-year-old is ranked as the state’s fifth-best prospect by Perfect Game and will provide the Huskies with elite defense. His power, however, is one skill that has stood out to scouts as he got to display his talent on a bigger stage.
In September of last year, Brini took part in the “A Shot for Life” charity home run derby, which included some of the top players in the state. For Brini, it was another milestone after a summer full of baseball for the AAU New England baseball team that included traveling across the country to Florida, Alabama and New York.
Although Brini committed to UConn after his freshman year of high school, he has had a unique journey. During his first season at Boston College High School, he was playing at an AAU game in which UConn scouts were looking at the opposing pitcher. However, Brini stood out at the plate with a couple of hits and stolen bases. The scouts had unexpectedly found a star and the Plymouth native soon after committed to the Huskies.
As Brini started his senior season, it was a significant weight off his shoulders. Due to the pandemic, it was harder for scouts to look at players. Games were canceled and travel wasn’t as easy. Due to Brini signing after his freshman year, his recruitment was not affected.
While Brini has drawn rave reviews for his hitting, he takes pride in his defensive ability and speed. He has already dealt with adversity as his sophomore season was canceled due to the pandemic. He returned as the leadoff hitter as a junior and helped Boston College High School reach the semifinals in the Division I South tournament. In his first year of varsity baseball, he was vital to the team’s success.
Although Brini’s college career has yet to begin, he will be a player to watch for UConn. The Huskies finished the 2021 season with a 34-19 record and only lost one game at home. With the arrival of Brini, they will be adding a talented outfielder to the mix.
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