GENERAL: Hard-working right hander with the best movement on the staff. Developed into Rossi’s top set-up man out of the bullpen. Improved tremendously in off-season. Hard, sharp curve ball is a good compliment to moving fastball.
STRENGTHS: Movement, Velocity, Confidence.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2001: Played for the Maryland Orioles. The showcase team played in a variety of leagues
AS A SOPHOMORE: Limited opponents to a .247 batting average (second on team) and MAAC foes to just .232. His 3.92 overall ERA was fourth best on the team and his conference mark of 2.55 ERA is the best on the squad. Recorded four times as many ground ball outs as fly balls. Posted 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings in MAAC games and was second on the team with 16 appearances. Did not allow an earned run in 6.1 innings of work at national powerhouse Louisiana-Lafayette.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2000: Played for the Geneva Redlegs of the Northeastern Collegiate Baseball League, where he was named to the 2000 All-Star game at Rome’s Larry DeLutis Field.
AS A FRESHMAN: Saw action in nine games. Best performance came at Cornell when he pitched five innings, struck out two and allowed only two runs.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: 1999 Philadelphia Inquirer Player to Watch. Led Holy Cross to South Jersey Finals as a junior with two playoff complete games.
ROSSI ON KNOFF: “Justin is coming off a solid summer and if he is consistent he will fight for a spot in the rotation. He was an impact player out of the bullpen last season and could develop into a dominant pitcher in the league.”