Nov. 29, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena's baseball program has received 11 early commitments from current high school seniors. The student-athletes come from six different states, and will enroll as freshmen in the 2011-2012 school year.
The group consists of Dan Sullivan (Merrick, N.Y.), Ryan Metzler (Glen Burnie, Md.), Brian Fay (Southbury, Conn.), Matt Gage (Gloversville, N.Y.), Rick Morales (Miami Lakes, Fla.), Ben Musicant (Toms River, N.J.), Chris Kearney (Albany, N.Y.), Louis Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.), Mitchell Kelly (Watertown, Conn.), Eddie Lewicki (Arlington, Vt.), and James Murray (Jamesville, N.Y.).
"We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program," Rossi said. "It's a very talented class, each one of them has a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena, and they will be a positive part of the Siena community."
"We have addressed important needs for the long and short term of bringing in some outstanding pitchers and positional players to replace a group of quality seniors," Rossi continued. "These 11 players are a nice complement to the players we have here already, and will enhance the future of the program."
An outfielder from Merrick, N.Y., Sullivan attends Calhoun High School. A three-time All-Conference selection, he batted .407 with four homeruns and 20 stolen bases last year on his way to a spot on the All-County team. He is on the verge of breaking the school record for stolen bases.
"Dan is a fleet, left-handed hitting outfielder with great instincts," Rossi said. "He is a polished player and will be ready to contribute as a freshman."
An infielder from Glen Burnie, Md., Metzler has been a key part of the powerful Archbishop Spalding High School program. Playing in the strong Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, Ryan was an All-Conference and All-County first-team selection as a junior. He hit .423 with 20 RBI's, and recorded an on-base percentage of .550.
"Ryan can swing between second base and shortstop and will add depth to the infield," Rossi said. "Ryan will be a welcome addition to the school and community and should command quality playing time immediately."
An infielder from Southbury, Conn., Fay attends Pomperaug High School. He is a versatile athlete who can play all four infield positions. He has been an All-Division, All-Conference, and All-State performer at Pomperaug, hitting .397 with two home runs and 24 RBI's his junior year.
"We feel that Brian could be an impact player immediately offensively," Rossi said. "He is one of the top hitters in the state of Connecticut, and within a short amount of time, he should be able to put up large numbers. We're really excited to have Brian in the program and feel that he will be a major addition to our program and community."
A 6'5", 235 lb., left-handed pitcher from Gloversville, N.Y., Gage attends Broadalbin-Perth High School. In ten games last spring, he struck out 61 batters in 40 2/3 innings, recording a 1.72 ERA.
"Matt is a diamond in the rough," Rossi said. "He is just now starting to come into his own as a pitcher. He has a very high ceiling, and we feel that he should be a major impact-type pitcher in a short amount of time. We're extremely happy to have Matt with us, and we feel that he should get quality innings immediately."
A 6'2", 175 lb., right-handed pitcher from the fertile South Florida area, Morales is from South Miami Lakes, Fla., and attends Chaminade Madonna College Prep. Last spring at Chaminade, he was 7-2 with three saves, and he projects to be the top pitcher in their program this spring.
"Rick has the potential to become one of the premier pitchers in the conference," Rossi said. "He has an above-average, upper-80's fastball to go along with a sharp-breaking curve ball. He has fantastic upside, and with the addition of a quality third pitch, there is no limit to the amount of success he can have. We are fortunate and excited to have Rick join our program and the Siena family."
A 5'10", 165 lb., right-handed pitcher from the strong South New Jersey area, Musicant is from Toms River, N.J. A two-year captain at Toms River North High School, he was 3-1 last spring and was an Ocean County Legion All-Star. He has an outstanding breaking pitch to go along with a mid to upper-80's fastball.
"Ben has pitched against outstanding competition over the years, and we feel that this experience will enable him to be a major contributor immediately," Rossi said. "He is a good student, and along with his athletic ability, we feel that he will be an outstanding addition to our school and program."
A 6' 1", 175 lb., right-handed pitcher from Albany, N.Y., Kearney pitches for Colonie Central High School. With limited time on an extraordinarily-talented pitching staff, Chris still managed a 5-1 record with a 2.12 ERA.
"We really like what Chris can bring to the table," Rossi said. "He has great size with the makings of an outstanding breaking pitch. He currently has a mid to upper-80's fastball with great location. Chris is an outstanding student, and we are extremely pleased to have him in our program."
A 6'1", 170 lb., left-handed hitting catcher from North Haven, Conn., Iannotti plays for the Xavier High School program. In the summer, he plays for the well-known Connecticut Bombers program.
"Lou is a welcome addition to the program," Rossi said. "He is sound defensively, and should add depth to the catching department. With added strength, he should be in the mix to compete for playing time in a short amount of time. We're happy to have him in our program, and feel he will be a positive addition to our school and community."
A left-handed pitcher from Watertown, Conn., Kelly pitches for Watertown High School.
"Mitchell is 6'3", 215 pounds, and has an outstanding breaking pitch," Rossi said. "He throws in the mid-80's with plenty of room to throw much harder, but his breaking pitch is his bread and butter pitch. We're excited to have him."
A 6'4", 175 lb., right-handed pitcher from Arlington, Vt., Lewicki pitches for Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, Vermont, as well as Rutland American Legion. He was the 2010 Marble League Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-League selection. He was also the league's Rookie of the Year in 2009. During the summer for his American Legion team, he was 5-1 with a 2.87 ERA, allowing just 12 earned runs in 38 innings.
"Eddie's a lanky right-hander who has an outstanding curve ball to go along with a mid-80's fastball," Rossi said. "He has a high ceiling, and in a short period of time, he should get quality innings."
A 6'0", 180 lb., right-handed pitcher from Jamesville, N.Y., Murray attends and plays for Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse. In the summer, he plays for the Sportszone Program. Last year, he was 6-0 for Ludden, striking out 52 in 34 2/3 innings while posting a miniscule ERA of 0.61. He also made the All-Central New York First Team, and was an All-League selection as a sophomore.
"James is a strike-thrower and has an outstanding breaking pitch to go along with a mid to upper-80's fastball," Rossi said. "We're real excited to have him in the program, and feel that he could be an immediate impact pitcher for us."