|Bill Lazio 5
GENERAL: Talented offensive player with exceptional bat control and vision...Injury caused him to miss almost entire freshman season, but proved to be a consistent offensive force in limited action...Smooth swing and ability to hit to all fields are top attributes at the plate.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 24 games before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury?In his limited action he recorded a .244 batting average, collected 13 walks and scored 10 runs?Found a knack in reaching base as well, compiling a .352 on-base percentage?As the Saints starting first baseman he recorded a .983 fielding percentage?Highlight performance came in the Centenary series where he posted a .384 batting average, with two doubles.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Selected Team MVP as a junior and Offensive Player of the Year his senior season at St. Ignatius in Ohio...First-Team All-Conference, First Team Tri-County and Team MVP, Lazio batted .381 with 11 RBI and five stolen bases as a junior before sustaining an injury...In the summer of 2001, he batted .446 with 33 RBI and 23 stolen bases hitting safely in 59 of his 132 at bats.
ROSSI ON LAZIO: ?In the limited action Bill saw, he flashed signs of his offensive capabilities. We are excited to have him back in full heath, and his bat will be difficult to keep out of the lineup."
STRENGTHS: Bat Speed, Instincts, Quickness