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Zach Britton Sticking with his Role

Zach Britton Sticking with his Role

June 11, 2024

Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas

Prospect Zach Britton is sticking with his role of playing as both a catcher and an outfielder with Double-A New Hampshire. Britton, who is no stranger of that role, as he played both positions in high school, college, and summer ball; prior to turning pro, feels that it adds value to him as a player moving forward.

“I had a conversation with the organization recently where I told them I wanted to play both positions,” stated Britton. “If I play outfield one day and catch the next, I feel that adds a lot of value to me as a player. I enjoy both positions, and wherever I can play to give our team the best chance of winning, that’s what I’ll do.”

Britton feels his game calling ability is one of his best skills as a catcher, “I think that is one of my biggest strengths at the moment,” explained Britton. “Understanding swings, understanding hitters plans, using our pitcher’s strength to kind of counteract what the hitter is trying to do. So, that part of the game from a catching standpoint has always been relatively easy for me. It’s something I understand wholeheartedly, and it’s something I take pride in as well, being able to game plan with our pitcher to help them get as many outs as possible.”

The prospect is confident about his range in the outfield.

“I feel my range is pretty good,” said Britton. “I’ll go after any ball, I’m not afraid of the wall, I’m not afraid of running into things; I’ll go after any ball that comes in my direction.”

Britton is currently slashing .201/.287/.328 after 134 at-bats this season.

Be sure to follow Zach Britton, as he continues to play both in the outfield and as a catcher.