For the third year in a row, the UConn baseball team had players named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team. After Willy Yahn received the honor in 2015 and Tim Cate in 2016, southpaw Mason Feole and shortstop Anthony Prato were recognized for their performances in the 2017 season.
Feole became one of the top starters in the American Athletic Conference over the course of his first season in Storrs, leading the Huskies with a team-high seven wins in 14 starts and throwing over 82 innings with a 3.38 ERA as the team’s Sunday starter.
The Wakefield, Rhode Island native also was third on the team in strikeouts and was named to the American Athletic Conference first team while winning the NEIBA, ECAC and American Freshman Pitcher of the Year awards.
Like Feole, Prato made an immediate impact for the Huskies, finishing the season as the team’s leader in hits (69) and runs (50) as the team’s shortstop. In his first season, Prato hit .304 with three triples and a home run, and was tied for first with Will Yahn with a .376 on-base percentage. After being named to the American Athletic Conference second team, Prato continued to mash in the AAC Tournament, where he hit .555 over four games and was later named to the AAC All-Tournament team.
Feole and Prato will look to build off their stellar freshmen seasons this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Feole will be pitching for the Wareham Gatemen while Prato will be playing for the Brewster Whitecaps. Feole and Prato are two of nine Huskies playing at the Cape this summer.