Nov. 26, 2012
Siena head coach Tony Rossi is pleased to announce the early commitments of five student athletes to Siena College. Dan Swain (Newton Mass.), Dan Vasquez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Chris Amorosi (Schenectady, N.Y.), Colton Dennis (Port Byron, N.Y.) and Joe Foran (Fort Ann, N.Y.) each returned binding National Letters of Intent during the early signing period confirming their decision to enroll in Siena in the fall of 2013 and play baseball.
"We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program," Rossi said. "It's a very talented class. Each has a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena, and will be a positive part of the Siena community. We have addressed some important needs for the long and short term by bringing in some outstanding pitchers and positional players to replace a group of quality seniors. These five players are a nice complement to the players we have here already and they provide a great foundation for the future of the program."
Swain is a senior outfielder at Newton North High school where he was named a Bay State All-Conference All-Star last season. He played for the Frozen Ropes Rockies Americans where he batted .359 with an on base percentage of .498 to go along with nine stolen bases and 23 hits. Swain's described as a talented and athletic player who can hit to all fields and is extremely quick and aggressive on the bases.
"Dan is an outstanding outfielder with great instincts," Rossi said. "He is a polished player who has played against outstanding competition during the summer and will be ready to make a major contributor as a freshman."
Vasquez is a talented catcher who hit .325 with 15 RBI's and an on base percentage of .500. as a junior last season at West Broward High School. This past summer he hit .380 with 22 RBI and an on base percentage of .820. He was a Rawlings Preseason Underclassman All-American.
"Danny is an outstanding catcher with a great upside," Rossi said. "He can hit, and he is an outstanding catcher with a great arm. With the graduation of two senior catchers we expect Danny to receive immediate playing time. He is a welcome addition to our school and community."
Amorosi is a left-handed pitcher who attends Schalmont High School in nearby Schenectady. He has been Team MVP, and a two time All-League and All-Area selection, and is regarded as one of the top pitchers in the Capital District. During the summer he played for the Rotterdam Ranger Baseball program which advanced to the Continental League World Series.
"We feel that Chris could be an impact player immediately on the mound," Rossi said. "He's a lefty with an outstanding curve and change-up, and he commands the strike zone extremely well. We feel that in a very short period of time he should command quality innings. We're really excited to have Chris in the program and feel he will be a major addition to our program and community."
Dennis is a 6-2, 200-pound right-handed pitcher who attends Dana L. West High School where he is a two-time team MVP, three-time League All-Star, and an All-Central New York Honorable Mention selection. As a junior he tossed 42 2/3 innings with 81 strikeouts and a 3.15 era. Dennis set his school record with 18 strikeouts in a single game, and was one of his team's top hitters with a .434 batting average. During the summer and fall he played for the strong Sports Zone Program in Syracuse.
"Colton is a diamond in the rough," Rossi said. "He has not been pitching very long and he is just now starting to come into his own. He has a power arm with a sharp breaking pitch. He has a very high ceiling and we're extremely happy to have him with us. I expect him to see quality innings immediately."
Foran is a 5-11, 180-pound left-handed hitting infielder who attends Fort Ann High School. He has been an Adirondack League All-Star for the past three years, Adirondack League MVP the past two years, Post Standard Newspaper First Team All-Star the past two years, Albany Times Union First Team All-Star last year, Class D New York State Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore, and New York State Class D First Team pick last year as a junior. Foran hit .579 with 44 hits, 44 RBI, 43 Runs scored and 17 stolen bases for Ft. Ann as a junior last season.
"Joe is one of the top players in Section 2," Rossi said. "We are excited to have him in the program and feel he will be an impact player immediately. He is one of those talented players who is a bit under-the-radar, but keeps getting better and better."
Rossi indicated the program had done a good job addressing its needs with the signees, but more importantly brought in student athletes who will contribute right away.
"We try to address significant needs with each recruiting class, but our general philosophy is to go out and attract the best athletes possible for our program." Rossi said. "We are always looking for the top arms and athletes available, and this group achieves that goal."