Johnny Welch returns for his 3rd season with the Freedom. Welch filled the role of utility player in 2008 and 2009, playing in 4 positions on the diamond.
2009... In 84 games, Welch hit .267 with 13 HR and 51 RBI, both career highs. He had 21 doubles leading to 45 runs scored and a .466 slugging percentage. He also had 12 stolen bases on 17 attempts.
2008... Welch hit .280 with 10 HR and 40 RBI. Despite playing at a variety of positions, he set a career high with a .951 fielding percentage. In 86 games, Welch had 16 doubles and scored 41 runs in 328 at-bats, all career highs.
Career... Welch is in his 4th professional season after playing in college at St. Anselm. He spent 2007 with Brockton and North Shore of the Canadian-American League where he hit .277 with 3 HR and 12 RBI.