Tyler Brown may not be the most vocal guy in the dugout, but that doesn’t mean he’s lacking leadership qualities.
Brown was a captain on the varsity baseball and varsity basketball teams at Alvirne High School in Hudson. Now he’s in his second tour of duty as a tri-captain on the Northeastern University baseball team. He’s the only captain returning from a year ago.
Brown, a 6-foot-5 starting pitcher, is entering his senior season with the Huskies, who will open their season next month at Houston Baptist.
“He’s a real hard worker and the guys pick up on that,” Northeastern coach Mike Glavine said. “He’s a leader in the weight room and he gets a ton of respect from all of the other guys. He’s quiet — not shy, but not real vocal.
“I still do it the old-school way. I let the guys vote for who they want (for captains). I think it says a lot when you voted in by your peers. They must have liked how he handled things (as a captain) last year.”
Brown led the Northeastern staff in starts (15) and innings pitched (84 2/3) last season, when he posted an 8-4 record and a 4.68 ERA. He was at his best against Colonial Athletic Association foes. He had a 6-1 record and a 2.20 ERA against CAA opponents, who batted .189 against him.
Brown also started Northeastern’s opening game against Auburn in the NCAA tournament’s Raleigh Regional last year. He didn’t have a decision in either of his first two seasons with the Huskies.
“He had a rough freshman year,” said Glavine, the brother of Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. “Like a lot of freshmen he just wasn’t ready for the rigors of college baseball. He progressed to his junior year where he was our Friday starter and started our regional versus Auburn. Just so reliable. He’s a four-pitch guy, his velocity is up …
“He went from a bullpen-type guy to our Friday starter. It’s been a steady progression and fun to watch.”
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