Pat Winkel passed on the chance to play professional baseball right out of high school.

The former All-Stater at Amity of Woodbridge stayed home to play college ball at UConn and play with his brother, Chris.

Winkel’s former high school coach, Sal Coppola, used to rave about his ability and baseball smarts.

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His current coach, Jim Penders, sees the same thing.

Winkel stepped right into the Huskies’ starting lineup this season.

He’s catching and batting clean-up, and not many freshmen can do that.

Winkel has played in 37 of UConn’s 52 games, hitting .286 with four home runs and 20 RBI.


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