AJ Graffanino, Washington

Fall Report: Washington

Fall Report

As fall workouts concluded, optimism filled the air of Husky Ballpark. Coming off a 2017 season that saw a multitude of injuries to the pitching staff, heartbreaking, late-game losses and just an overall strange vibe, Washington was derailed from what could have been its third regional appearance in four years. The 2018 UW squad vows to avenge the disappointment of last spring.

“We had a tremendous fall,” head coach Lindsay Meggs said. “The guys returned healthy and ready to improve. It’s an exciting group who works hard.”

Coach Meggs is also excited about the mental makeup of his upcoming squad: “The team talks about finish and family. It’s an exciting group who wants to take it to a super regional.”

The Huskies are bolstered by not only the improvement in the health and physicality of some returning players, but also by the return of highly respected assistant coach, Dave Nakama. Nakama returns after a four-year stint as the head coach of San Jose State before spending the 2017 campaign as the head coach at Treasure Valley (Ore.) CC.

“The hitters have really responded and enjoyed him. They developed consistency in their approach, letting the ball travel deeper and using the whole field,” Meggs said.

While the Huskies must replace key losses at catcher in third rounder Joey Morgan to the Detroit Tigers and 10th rounder and center fielder Jack Meggs to the Oakland A’s, they return plenty of experience to the lineup and elite defenders.

Let’s dig into the Huskies.

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