Aug. 13, 2012
The Siena baseball team will have an entirely new look in 2013. Head coach Tony Rossi finalized the incoming class of 11 by announcing the commitments of four more student athletes today.
Carlos Cabrera (Miami, Fla./G. Holmes Braddock), Javier Garcia (Miami, Fla./Doral Academy), Andres Ortiz (N. Las Vegas, Nev./Barstow Community College (Calif.)) and Nick Wolyniec (Ridgewood, N.J./St. Joseph's Regional) each have signed paperwork affirming their intentions to enroll at Siena in September.
Cabrera is a 6-0, 185-pound pitcher/infielder who was named Honorable Mention All-District 8A-15 in Florida at shortstop. "Carlos is an outstanding pitcher, and a capable infielder," Rossi said. "He will add depth in both those areas for us."
Garcia is a 5-10, 180-pound utility man who batted .422 with 21 RBI for highly-regarded Doral Academy in Florida this spring. He was a First Team All-District 4A-15 outfielder. "Javier was one of the top hitters in Dade County this year," Rossi said. "He's an accomplished outfielder, but he can play infield and catch as well."
Ortiz is a 5-11, 185-pound outfielder who hit .303 with a team-best 40 hits, 32 RBI and four home runs at junior college in California in the spring. He was selected Second Team All-Conference in the outfield for his efforts. "Andres was the top hitter on his team, and one of the better players in the Southern California Foothills Conference," Rossi said. "He is a speedy outfielder who should be an immediate contributor."
Wolyniec is a 6-1, 190-pound infielder who was named First Team All-League, First Team All-County and a member of the New Jersey State All-Star team. "Nick has a strong bat, and will add much-needed offense to our squad," Rossi said. "He will have a chance to contribute right away."
Rossi was determined to shake up the Siena roster after last year's team struggled to an 18-37 record and an 8-16 MAAC mark. The 11 newcomers figure to challenge for playing time, and increase the competitiveness of practices when training camp commences next month.