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Breyer to Continue Baseball Career at Eastern University
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2016-01-20

Upper Perk senior Jake Breyer, seated right, has signed to play baseball at Eastern University. At left are Upper Perk baseball coach Frank Mercon and Breyers' parents, Christina and Perry.

        Jake Breyer's best asset on the baseball field is his ability to run the team, according to his high school coach.

        "Jake is in charge," said Frank Mercon, the head coach of Upper Perkiomen's baseball team. "He's got a lot of personality. He leads by example and works very hard."

        This spring, the senior expects to take more of a leadership role for the Indians. Breyer says a Pioneer Athletic Conference title should be within their reach.

        "I'm hoping to make the PAC-10 playoffs," he said. "I've played with these guys for a long time. It's a great group."

        Breyer will continue his baseball career at Eastern University, near Radnor Township. The catcher said Eagles head coach Jed Morris promised him an opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman.

        "Jake can definitely play at the collegiate level," Mercon said of Breyer, who plans on majoring in environmental engineering. "He has the body type, skill set and desire. The mental side of his game is very good. He applies himself well in athletics and academics."

        According to Breyer, Morris is the right coach to maximize his ability as a hitter and a catcher.

        In March, Breyer will begin his third season on Upper Perkiomen's varsity team. Frecon said he projects the player to hit in the middle of its lineup.

        "Jake should be a .300 hitter," Frecon said. "He showed that ability early in his high school career. But the wear and tear of catching got to him. He's worked so hard in the weight room, and I want to see him when his legs stay strong."

        According to the coach, Breyer will begin the season as the Indians' starting catcher. Frecon said the player has the prototypical build and creates a favorable target for pitchers.

        Breyer, who played first and third base as a sophomore, started his junior season as an infielder and the team's top relief pitcher. But Frecon moved him to behind the plate to shore up a weakness.

        "We needed a catcher," the coach said. "Jake said, 'If you put me there, I will do my best.'" He will play anywhere."

        As spring turned to summer, his defensive skills gradually improved. He helped lead Perkiomen's American Legion team to the Bux-Mont League playoff title and a berth in the Region 2 Tournament.

        "I thought he improved tremendously over both seasons," Mercon said.

        The coach expects the summer success to translate in victories for the Indians this spring. Mercon said he'd like to think the winning will carry over.

        "Every year I expect this team to be in the district tournament," he said. "I absolutely expect this team to get there. How far we go in the conference and the playoffs hinges on our pitching and defense, because our offense is going to be strong."

        According to Mercon, Upper Perkiomen must find four new pitchers this season. He said Breyer is probably one of the team's top four starters, but that the player might be more valuable behind the plate.

        "We can't have him start and be a catcher," the coach said, adding that the Indians might utilize Breyer as their closer. 


 

 

 

 

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