Birmingham wants to make building bullpen a priority

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – They had the bats to make a run in the NCAA Lubbock Regional but the Lobos just did not have the arms. Head coach Ray Birmingham wants to make sure that’s not the case in the future.

Birmingham held end of season exit interviews for players and coaches Monday and Tuesday. His coaching staff all agreed that the weak link was the bullpen. The Lobos went into the NCAA Regional without the most prolific closer in Lobo history, Victor Sanchez who suffered a season ending injury prior to the playoffs

Help is on the way in the pitching department as a young Lobo team prepares for what could be a special 2017.

“We lose Colton Thompson who was a stud but, we gain Christian Tripp’s older brother Jonathan who is probably one of the best pitchers that this school has ever seen,” said Birmingham.

The Lobos will also gain an arm in former Eldorado Eagles standout Nathaniel Garley, that is if he does not get taken in this year’s major league draft and decides to go pro.

Birmingham knows all to well how that could work out.

“Last year we lost Donnie Sands who was an Albuquerque native and Donny Sands would have been on this team, would have been that bullpen guy and that extra position player,” said Birmingham. “He was minor league player of the year in the Yankees organization.”

The Major League Baseball Draft starts June 9.

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