FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jul. 25, 2018) - Andrew Banfield checks in with QC Baseball alum Joe Broderick, who is off to a stellar start in his professional baseball career.
Former Queens College pitching standout Joe Broderick ('17) is making a name for himself in professional baseball with the Colorado-based Trinidad Triggers of the independent Pecos League. In 11 starts, Broderick sports an unblemished 8-0 record with an earned run average of just under four runs per game. Sporting the second-best pitcher score (151) in the league, Broderick has tossed a complete game and has struck out 74 batters in 74.1 innings pitched while boasting a WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) of 1.33. The right-handed hurler is a major reason why the Triggers currently sit in second place in their division with an impressive 40-20 record; Broderick also picked up the win in the Pecos League All-Star Game earlier this month.
Broderick's impressive play has many clamoring and wondering when and where the QC alum might get signed to play as part of an MLB affiliate. It is not all that uncommon that independent league standouts get signed by a professional organization, even if the former Knight might be in a league with a smaller reputation for having pro prospects. But his chance to make it big and his dominant prowess to this point are not the only impressive watermarks in the story.
Hailing from West Islip, Broderick is a Long Islander through and through. He's been playing baseball since "they first allowed you to enroll in tee ball" around the age of 5, and though he also wrestled in high school and swam at the collegiate level, Broderick "always knew he wanted to pursue baseball" and thought about playing professionally "his entire life." Not only has Broderick set a goal and done everything in his power to achieve it, he has also kept a clear head and remained humble throughout the process. When asked about his potential to become the next Queens College alumnus to sign with an MLB affiliate, he replied that he was honored and he hopes "he can get to that point."
Broderick's success had not clouded his view and he realizes that nothing is given in the arena of professional sports. Moreover, instead of focusing on his own career, Broderick was quick to highlight that that there are and have been players at Queens who he feels could have just as easily played professional ball as well. He credits his success in part to his parents, who supported him and put him in a position where he could embark on this professional sports journey, the coaches and players that helped him during his time at Queens, and his belief that anyone can make it with hard work. Joe Broderick is both a dream chaser and a go-getter, worthy of mainstream attention and alumni support as he begins the second half of his season with the Trinidad Triggers.
Follow along with Broderick's journey by visiting the Trinidad Triggers website and make sure to always keep an eye out for more posts about QC Knights alumni on the newly-launched Queens College Athletics Alumni page as well.