GENERAL: Offensive minded player with tremendous power and lightning-quick bat speed. An All-MAAC selection at catcher in 2000, he has seen the majority of his time at first base last season. One of the top run producers in the league. Deceptive baserunner with good instincts.
STRENGTHS: Power, Bat Speed, Leadership
IN THE SUMMER OF ‘01: Played for the Newark Raptors of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
AS A JUNIOR: Hit .272 with six home runs and 42 RBI. Led the squad with three four hit games and also had 10 multi-hit games. Recorded nine multi-RBI games. Committed only seven errors in 243 chances (.971). Set the school-record with four doubles against Canisius (4/21).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Emerged as one of the premier catchers in the MAAC, receiving All-MAAC First Team honors. Finished second on the Saints in average (.349), hits (53), homeruns (10) and slugging percentage (.612), and third in RBI (37). Harassed the Canisuis pitching staff going 8-for-12 weekend series(4/15-16), highlighted by two homeruns, two doubles and five RBI.
IN THE SUMMER OF '99: Played for the New Jersey Colts of the Atlantic Coast Baseball League, named to the 1999 All-Star game played at Memorial Park in Quakertown, Pa.
AS A FRESHMAN: Suffered a leg injury against Niagara in early April, yet managed to play in 16 games and hit .306. Assaulted Radford University pitching (3/21) going 4-for-5 with four runs scored, three walks, and a pair of doubles. Displayed arm strength from behind the dish against Seton Hall (4/29), gunning out one of the nation's top base-stealing threats from his knees.
BEFORE SIENA: Led the Trojans of Park Hill High School (Kansas City, Mo.) to a conference championship in 1997. Was named MVP in 1997 and 1998. Was named All-Conference for three years and All-State in 1997 and 1998.
ROSSI ON BUCKLEY: [“Jim had a tough year in 2001. We expect him to return to his previous form offensively and be a big leader this year.”