ALBANY, N.Y. -- With a 33-6 record, the Louisville Cardinals are the No. 2 team in the country. Louisville’s success is due in large part to the caliber of players they bring in each year, who help the Cardinals compete for a spot in the College World Series year after year. The Albany Dutchmen are proud to announce three Louisville Cardinals will be playing for the club this summer at Siena Field: Adam Elliott, a two-way outfielder and left-handed pitcher, and right-handed pitchers Daniel Fischer and Mac Welsh.
Adam Elliott (6-0, 185 pounds), a freshman, has been one of Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell’s best weapons out of the bullpen. Elliott hasn’t allowed a run all season through 16.1 innings. In his 12 appearances, he’s grabbed one win, allowing only eight hits and four walks, while striking out 15 hitters. Elliott hasn’t allowed an extra base hit all year, and opponents are only hitting .145 against the lefty. Louisville is 10-2 in games Elliott has thrown in. He serves as a two-way player for Louisville as well, capable of playing all three outfield spots, but is a natural center fielder. Elliott’s two-way prowess will be a key in Louisville’s run to Omaha. He’s proven himself on the mound already, and he came to Louisville after hitting .361 in his senior year at St. Xavier. As a prep player in Louisville, Elliott earned All-State honors as well as Kentucky State Tournament Most Valuable Player, helping lead St. Xavier to state titles in 2014 and 2016.
Daniel Fischer, a freshman exercising his redshirt year, is a big-bodied right-handed pitcher (6-3, 185 pounds), who played at the same high school as Elliott, St. Xavier in Louisville, where Fischer was a member of the 2016 state title winning team. At the time of his commitment to the Cardinals, Fischer was the No. 6 recruit in the state of Kentucky. Much of that has to do with his fastball, that he pushes up over 90 miles per hour and a devastating changeup to pair with it. Fischer was named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and Central All-Region second team member.
Mac Welsh, a sophomore also using his redshirt this season, is another tall right-hander (6-4, 191 pounds) the Dutchmen will feature this summer. Welsh, the Walton, Kentucky native, was a two-time letterwinner at Ryle High School, and helped the team qualify for the state tournament in 2013. Welsh’s father, Chris, played professional baseball from 1977-87, winning 22 games on the mound as a left-handed pitcher in the big leagues, accumulating a 4.45 ERA over that time. He is now a sportscaster for the Cincinnati Reds. Mac Welsh is a true example of a student-athlete, as his career aspirations after baseball include working in space exploration and plans to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Elliott, Fischer, and Welsh aren’t the first players from a top Louisville team to call Albany home over the summer. In 2015, Michael Bollmer, who is now a senior first baseman for the Cardinals, played for the Dutchmen, collecting 15 hits and smashing three home runs. Last season, JD Mundt pitched for the Dutchmen as well. Mundt is a redshirt freshman at Louisville this season.