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College Corner: Looking at the ‘Players to Watch’ for all Maryland four-year colleges

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Richie Palacios, INF, Towson University

Junior/Brooklyn, N.Y./ Bats/Throws: L/R

After his freshman season in 2016, Palacios became the first Tiger to be named CAA Rookie of the Year. He followed up his freshman performance by being the only player to start all 54 games for the squad in 2017. Palacios also batted .338 while leading Towson in hits (72), runs scored (43), and stolen bases (19). Through Towson’s first six games (1-5) in 2018, Palacios has 11 hits, three home runs and 11 RBIs.

The Tigers found themselves at the bottom of the CAA standings (20-34 overall, 6-18 conference) following a lackluster 2017 campaign. After starting the season 8-3, an eight-game road losing streak was too much for Towson to overcome. The hiring of former Orioles minor league outfielder Matt Tyner has Towson hopeful for 2018 and beyond. The first-year head coach will try to rejuvenate a Towson program that was nearly forced into extinction due to budget cuts in 2013.

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