|Larry Balkwill 19
GENERAL:Was drafted in the 41st round by the Detroit Tigers out of high school...A consistent presence in the middle of the lineup and a sure-handed catcher...The top power hitter and run-producer on the team...Should once again compete for time behind the plate, at first base and as a designated hitter...Enjoyed a strong summer in Canada, earning First Team All-Star honors on the Canadian Baseball Network all-Canadian team.
AS A JUNIOR:MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Started 52 of 54 games, batting .281 (47-167) with a team-best six home runs and 29 RBI...Also tops on team with .449 slugging percentage, .381 on-base percentage and 10 doubles...Posted 12 multi-hit games...Hit .313 (25-for-80) in 24 MAAC games with three home runs and 14 RBI...Posted three-hit games at Brown (4/4), at Marist (4/15) and at Manhattan (5/17)...Went 2-for-4 with home run at national power Vanderbilt (3/13).
AS A SOPHOMORE:Appeared in 41 games, making 39 starts...Hit .233, with one home run, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored...Drove in a season-high two runs against Fairleigh Dickinson (3/13), also going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks...Hit his first collegiate home run during a 3-for-3 performance against Brown (4/6)...A MAAC All-Academic Team selection.
AS A FRESHMAN:Appeared in 45 games, with 42 starts, splitting time between catcher and designated hitter...Batted .265, with 23 RBI and 22 runs scored...Had two or more hits in six straight games against Georgia, Holy Cross, NYIT, and Radford, going 15-for-26 in that span (3/14-3/27)...Recorded three hits in five different games...Committed just two errors all season, with 138 putouts and 17 assists.
BEFORE SIENA:Selected in the 41st Round (1,230 overall) by the Detroit Tigers out of high school...Named Windsor/Essex county Male Athlete of the year...Member of the Canadian U18 national team...Four year letter winner in Volleyball during high school.
ROSSI ON BALKWILL: "Larry struggled the first part of the season offensively last year, but came on at the end to finish up strong. He's coming off a fine offensive summer in the Virginia Valley League where he hit 10 homeruns and led the team in RBI. He will be counted on heavily to finish up with a strong senior season, and provide leadership to a young pitching staff."
GETTING TO KNOW LARRY BALKWILL:
My favorite class at Siena is: Finite Math
Other sports I like to follow at Siena include: Golf, Tennis, Soccer.
If I didn't play baseball, I would: Play hockey.
My hobbies are: Reading, video games, movies.
The best piece of advice I have gotten is: If it doesn't happen, tip your cap.
Professional Athlete: Victor Martinez
Pro sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs
TV Show: Big Bang Theory
Song: Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
Book: Game of Thrones
Balkwill Career Bests
First Hit: Stetson (2-21-10)
At-Bats: 6 - Four times
Hits: 3 - Nine times
RBI: 3 - Twice
Runs: 2 - Nine times
BALKWILL'S CAREER STATS