LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Baseball Head Coach Tony Rossi has announced the addition of seven early commitments to the Saints’ Class of 2022. James Flood, Arlo Marynczak, Matt McGowan, Ben Seiler, Evan St. Claire, Nate Toms, and Davis Zerr have all signed and returned their National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will enroll at Siena College next fall.
“We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program, and as a part of the Siena community,” said Rossi. “It’s a large and very talented class, with all seven having a chance to have an impactful athletic career at Siena, and they will all be a positive part of the Siena community. Assistant coach Steve Adkins did an outstanding job assembling this talented group.”
A native of Red Hook, New York, Flood was named a Poughkeepsie Journal Honorable Mention selection following his senior season this spring. A 6’0” 185-pound righthanded pitcher, he played his summer ball for the prestigious Taconic Rangers. Flood possesses an upper-80’s fastball with an outstanding breaking pitch, and was chosen to participate on the PBR East Futures team as one of the top pitchers in the State of New York.
“I believe James is one of the top pitchers in the state, and he has outstanding stuff,” explained Rossi. “He should be ready to make a major contribution as a freshman.”
A local product out of Bethlehem Central in nearby Delmar, New York, Marynczak is a towering 6’7” 225-pound righthanded pitcher who was named both a Section II and Suburban Council First Team All-Star after posting a 4-1 record with a 0.78 ERA, 53 strikeouts, and just 15 hits allowed in 40 innings of work this spring. He followed up that performance with a strong summer in which he posted a perfect 4-0 mark with a 1.96 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 35 innings. Earlier this year, Marynczak struck out 10 in an Under Armour All-America Preseason Tournament in Arizona.
“Arlo is a top student, and has a great upside baseball wise,” commented Rossi. “He is big and strong, and has been going up the ladder in every facet of the game. We feel that in a very short period time that he will be a major contributor to the program.”
Poughkeepsie, New York product McGowan pitched Arlington High to the Class AA Regional Final this spring. The 6’1” 195-pound righthander was one of the top hurlers this summer for the Taconic Rangers Showcase squad.
“Matt is a diamond in the rough,” noted Rossi. “He has raw talent with a huge upside. He has a good arm with a sharp breaking pitch. We’re extremely happy to have Matt with us, and feel that he will get quality innings immediately.”
Seiler was named an NYSSWA First Team All-State selection, and an Albany Times Union and Colonial Council First Team All-Star after pitching Albany Academy to the Class B Championship this spring. The 6’6” 250-pound southpaw who hails from nearby Albany posted an 8-1 record with a 1.90 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 66.2 innings of work, while holding opposing hitters to a .220 batting average. Seiler tossed the first perfect game in Albany Academy history in the Class B Semifinals vs. Voorheesville, and also led the squad hitting .384 at first base. This summer, he posted a 4-1 record with 42 strikeouts over 28.1 innings pitched. A multi-sport star, Seiler was also previously named a Second Team All-State selection in football.
“Ben is an effective control pitcher who gets outs,” remarked Rossi. “With a limited number of lefthanders in the program, he will add much needed depth in that department. We expect him to be an immediate contributor on the field and in the classroom, as he is an outstanding student as well.”
St. Claire was named a Class D Second Team All-State and a First Team Adirondack League All-Star after guiding Whitehall to the Section II Class D Semifinals this spring. The 6’1” 160-pound outfielder from Whitehall, New York hit an even .500 with a .564 on-base percentage, 27 RBI and 30 runs scored during his junior campaign. St. Claire played his summer baseball for the Barnstormers U-18 squad.
“We feel that Evan in a short time will be a plus player for our program all the way around,” said Rossi. “Add to the fact that he is a great student, and that makes him a perfect fit for our program. We’re really happy to have him aboard.”
Another local standout from Albany, Toms was tabbed a Times Union Second Team and Suburban Council First Team All-Star. The versatile 6’4” 210-pound righthanded pitcher and first baseman possesses a mid-to-upper 80’s fastball, with a developing slider and changeup. On the mound this spring, he struck out 27 batters over 22.2 innings while recording a 1.85 ERA and a .224 opponent’s batting average. Meanwhile at the dish, Toms hit .433 with 42 hits, 34 RBI, and a .660 slugging percentage. This summer, he struck out 45 over 32.2 innings of work while tabulating a stellar 1.29 ERA and a .168 opponent’s batting average.
“Nate is a diamond in the rough,” explained Rossi. “He has a huge upside, and is expected to receive immediate playing time as a pitcher and possibly as a hitter. He is a welcome addition to our school and community.”
Zerr matriculates to Siena all the way from Kent, Washington where he attended Kentwood High. He participated in the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico with his summer team, the prestigious EnFuego Elite. Zerr projects as a versatile infielder who is comfortable at shortstop as well as any other infield position, and who possesses good speed and is an outstanding defender as well as hitter.
“Davis is an outstanding student as well as talent,” commented Rossi. “He has all of the tools, and we feel that in a very short time that he will become a major contributor. We are excited about his future.”
Siena’s seven newcomers join a Siena Baseball program which is set to return six of its top-seven hitters and two-thirds of its weekend rotation from last year’s squad which posted a 20-28-2 overall record including an 11-13 mark in the MAAC.
“As always, we have significant needs to address, and have done so with this class,” added Rossi. “We should be positively impacted for both the long and short term with some outstanding positional players and quality pitchers to replace a solid group of seniors. These seven incoming freshmen are a nice compliment to the players we have here already and will enhance the future of the program, while also helping us continue to achieve our goal of being a presence in the conference.”