Preseason Countdown No. 4: Bullpen Preview

Coming into the 2023 season, the Terps bullpen will look to build another productive year. This bullpen comes into the season with more experience than last year’s group, with six of the pitchers having at least one season in College Park under their belt. 

This group is headlined by David Falco, who recently received a top 20 ranking amongst relief pitchers. With more familiarity and an established leader, there will be high expectations for the Terps. Here is a look at the pitchers in the bullpen for the 2023 Maryland Terrapins.

Redshirt Junior RHP David Falco Jr.

Falco took a major leap in the 2022 season, putting up an ERA of 2.84 in 19 appearances. He also picked up 31 strikeouts over 31.2 innings pitched. Falco enters the season as the 17th ranked relief pitcher on

The redshirt junior has delivered in big moments. In last year’s College Park Regional against Wake Forest, Falco struck out seven over 3.1 innings. David Falco will be relied on heavily as one of the longest-tenured players in Maryland’s bullpen.

Redshirt Sophomore RHP Nigel Belgrave

After battling injury in 2021, Belgrave bounced back in 2022 as a redshirt freshman where he struck out 25 batters across 18 innings and collected three saves.

Over the summer, Belgrave played 11 games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League. In those appearances for the Braves, Belgrave allowed just five runs.

Sophomore LHP Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson had a productive freshman year in 2022, where he made 17 appearances including 4 starts. In those games, Johnson collected a 4.12 ERA and held opposing batters to a .183 average. Johnson will look to build off this as he heads into his second year at Maryland.

Senior RHP Matt Orlando

Senior Matt Orlando has spent his past couple of seasons transitioning from infield to relief pitcher. In his first college pitching season in 2022, Orlando made 12 appearances where he struck out 11 batters and posted a 5.56 ERA.

Junior LHP Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane will be making his Maryland debut this season after spending his freshman and sophomore at Rowan College. The transfer made 6 starts for Rowan in 10 appearances where he posted a 6.46 ERA.

Sophomore LHP Michael Walsh

Walsh saw limited action during his freshman year in College Park. In just 7.1 innings pitched during 8 appearances, Walsh collected 10 strikeouts and walked just as many while allowing a 14.73 ERA. With the possibility of an expanded role this season, it will be interesting to see if Walsh can make a leap.

Sophomore LHP Travis Garnett

The 6’6″ sophomore missed his entire freshman season due to injury. Garnett did get some playing time over the summer, where he started two games for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Garnett entered college as the number five recruit in Maryland in Perfect Game’s rankings.

The Freshmen

Rob Vaughn will have a handful of freshman pitchers to work into the mix throughout the season. 

One of those players, Thomas Rogers, was the third-ranked right-handed pitcher in Massachusetts, according to Perfect Game. The 6’6″ pitcher throws an 88 mph fastball and is a top-500 recruit in the country. 

Fellow righty, Joey Colucci from Purcellville, Virginia, did not have a state or national ranking coming out of high school but will look to make an impact this season. 

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Brock comes to College Park as the 16th-ranked LHP in Ohio. Similar to Rogers, Brock throws an 88 mph fastball, according to Perfect Game.