|Brian Schmotzer 14
A talented offensive catcher who will again compete for innings at backstop or designated hitter...Can hit for average and power...Could also see action as a designated hitter depending on matchups...Spent most of the off-season working on his all-around skills and abiding by an intense workout regimen to prepare for this coming season.
AS A JUNIOR: Started in five of the 13 games he played in...Hit one homerun, knocked in two runs, and composed a .091 batting average.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 18 of the 23 games he appeared in mostly as a designated hitter...Batted .175 with six runs and 10 RBI...Went 2-for-3 with three RBI in win at Canisius (5/1).
AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as a pleasant surprise at the plate for the Saints...Batted .247, the highest output in the freshman class...Led team in doubles (12) and triples (2)...Also drove in 23 runs...Enjoyed a breakout game against Centenary, collecting three hits, including two doubles and a triple in just four at bats, while notching three runs batted in (3/14/03).
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at catcher at St. Ignatius...Selected Tri-County Catholic Conference Player of the Year as a junior as well as Team Offensive Player of the Year after batting .408 with six home runs and 25 RBI...Second Team All-County selection by the Cleveland Plain Dealer...Led St. Ignatius to District and Regional Championship as a senior.
ROSSI ON SCHMOTZER: "Brian really worked hard this off-season and added a lot of strength. He has returned to the club with a new sense of focus and we are counting on him for increased production."
STRENGTHS...Hands, Coachability, Bat Speed