The Leadoff: Behind the Plate

Feb. 10, 2014

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By Bryan Levine

Feb. 10 - Catcher

It’s not often a team has a catcher who makes 174 starts over his four-year career, but UCF enjoyed that luxury with Ryan Breen from 2010-13.

Now, in 2014, which newcomer will take over for the player who was such a mainstay behind the plate?

“We have four catchers on our roster who have never caught one inning of Division I baseball,” said head coach Terry Rooney. “It’s really important we go with the guy who the pitchers feel confident throwing to, and someone who can slow the game down and not get overwhelmed.”

Technically, there are four catchers on the roster, but as The Leadoff said yesterday, freshman Matt Diorio is expected to primarily be used as a left fielder or designated hitter.

Kyle Perkins, Jordan Savinon and Hayden Platt are the three players who will handle the catching duties. Platt, a freshman from Naples, is a player Rooney says continues to impress him, but he’s more of a catcher for the future. That leaves Perkins and Savinon in a battle for the starting role.

“Perkins and Savinon are a great combination,” Rooney said. “One is a freshman, and one is a Junior College transfer. One lefty and one righty. We’ve got that at lot of positions.”

Savinon is a left-handed hitting transfer from St. Petersburg College, while Perkins is a righty freshman out of the Palm Beach area.

"Jordan has got a good arm, he’s a left-handed hitter, and has the potential to hit some home runs for us,” Rooney said. “Kyle is one of the most improved players for our team. He’s just a guy who is very savvy behind the plate. The pitchers love throwing to Kyle Perkins because he’s very positive and active. That’s extremely important for a catcher.”

The duo could play a role similar to what The Leadoff has talked about at third base and left field. One could see time primarily against right-handed pitchers, while the other could start against southpaws.

Check back tomorrow as The Leadoff will preview the starting rotation, as well as share some pictures from UCF baseball media day.

UCF baseball insider Bryan Levine is proud to bring you his all-new blog, The Leadoff. This blog is dedicated to giving Knights fans an inside look at the UCF baseball program. Levine, who recently began his second season working with UCF baseball audio broadcasts, will offer his unique perspectives on "Orlando's Baseball Team" with multiple updates throughout each week of the season.



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