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Richard Francis Brereton III
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
Richard Brereton has played for the British national team.
Brereton was on the British team in the 2015 European Junior Championship, as he was born in London. He hit .429/.478/.571 with six runs and four steals (in four tries) in five games. The infielder-pitcher fielded .808 and allowed four runs in eight innings. He led Britain's offense. For the Championship, he tied for 5th in doubles (3), tied for 4th in steals and tied Max Hill for 4th in errors (4).  He was All-State as a high school senior. 
In the 2016 European Junior Championship, he again led Britain's offense (.458/.519/.833, 3 2B, 3 3B, 6 R, 5 RBI in 6 G). He fielded better (.943) and pitched better (0-1, Sv, 3.00, losing to France). He was 6th in average, 2nd in slugging (.013 behind Fabian Kovacs), 2nd in hits (11, one behind Oliver van der Wijst Severino), tied for 3rd in doubles (one behind Marek Chlup and Tijmen Takke), led in triples, led in total bases (20, 2 ahead of Chlup) and was 2nd with 20 assists (3 behind Vojtěch Menšík). 
Brereton was 4-1 with a save and a 2.48 ERA as a college freshman and hit .244; he won University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year.  He lost to Spain in the 2017 European U23 Championship, but again led Britain in average (though not OPS this time) at .391/.517/.435, with five runs in six games. His 23 assists were second in the event, three behind Kostiantyn Chukhas. 
Back at Emory in 2018, he was 5-4 with a 3.60 ERA and batted .320/.383/.467 while stealing 13 bases in 15 tries. He led his team in most hitting categories as well as wins and strikeouts on the mound. He was first-time All-UAA.  He was again All-UAA in 2019, producing at a .392/.444/.497 clip with 30 RBI in 38 games. He was 18-for-24 in steals and 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA on the hill.  He was 1-0 with two saves but a 5.79 ERA for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League.
In the 2019 European Championship, he played for Britain, alongside one of his Emory coaches, Ethan Solomon. Hitting 5th and playing left in their opener, he struck out against Sascha Koch his first at-bat, going 0 for 3 on the day against Germany. The next day, he got a hit (off Boris Bokaj) and picked up the win in relief. Taking over for Paul Kirkpatrick with two outs in the 9th of a 3-3 game, a men on second and two outs against Czechia, he intentionally walked Martin Schneider then unintentionally walked Matěj Hejma before retiring long-time minor leaguer Martin Červenka in the clutch. After Britain got one in the top of the 10th, he again got into the fire as two runners started on due to the Schiller Rule. Petr Čech bunted them over and he intentionally walked Martin Mužík but he fanned Tomáš Juněc and Martin Červinka hit into a game-ending force, giving Brereton the win. Entering the 9th/10th place game, he had hit .194/.265/.226, played error-free defense (17 PO, 2 A, mostly being used in the outfield), stole two bases in two tries and was 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA. Playing center and hitting 6th in the 9th/10th place game, he had six putouts and went 2 for 5 with a steal and three RBI in a 11-9 win over Austria. 
He started 2020 on an excellent note as a senior for Emory (1 UER, 0 ER in 10 1/3 IP, 12 K; .478/.571/.652, 9 R, 9 RBI, 7 SB, 0 CS in 6 G) before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He then went to Duke as a graduate transfer for 2021.