Jefferson's Quaranta Doing It All On The Diamond

Matt Leon
April 04, 2018 - 4:16 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Versatility is incredibly important in the game of baseball today. The more you can do, the more valuable you are to a team. Keeping this in mind, you would have to work pretty hard to find an area player more versatile and valuable than Division II Jefferson University senior Brandon Quaranta.

Most of the time, Quaranta is manning first base for the Rams, but he also serves as a key arm out of the bullpen for Jefferson. His versatility also extends to what he brings to the table offensively as he can hit for average (.360), hit for power (9 home runs in 21 games) and run the bases (23 runs scored and 5 stolen bases).

"It's been a good year so far," Quaranta tells KYW Newsradio. "Looking to keep going strong and finish up well with the team. So far, it's been a lot of fun for me."

His impressive numbers this season build on a junior season which saw him hit .287 while leading the team with 15 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He talked about what has allowed him to have continued success.

"I've got to give a lot of credit to my coaching staff," he said. "They do a really good job with us in practice. Really try and develop guys. And I think as I've gotten older, I've learned the game a little bit better and learned how to, in my at bats, not really focus so much on the outcome with the hits and getting out but really just going up to the plate and having really quality at bats."

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Another impressive aspect of Quaranta's offensive game is his plate discipline. He has walked 12 times this season after earning 34 free passes in 2017.

"I take a lot of pride in that actually because walks are just as important as anything else," he said. "You have good at bats if you work the count, if you work the pitcher. Other guys will see pitches on deck and you get a good idea of what the guy's throwing for yourself for your future at bats. So I think walks are super important."

On the mound this season, Quaranta has made eight appearances. He has a 4.82 ERA and 2 saves.

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