Head baseball coach Tony Rossi is pleased to announce the early commitments of five players to become student athletes at Siena beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. Dylan D'Anna of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Tom Sutera of Waterford, Conn., Tommy Miller of Castleton, N.Y., Jordan Folgers of West Islip, N.Y. and John Nolan of Windsor, Conn. all will join the Saints in the fall.
"We are extremely excited to have this group of young men in our program," Rossi said. "It's a very talented class, and each has a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena. Most important, they will be a positive part of the Siena community. Assistant coaches Brian McCullough and Pat Carroll did an outstanding job assembling this talented group."
In recent years, Siena has had a great deal of success with its recruiting classes, gaining significant contributions from freshmen and other incoming players - a trend that reached its climax with the 2014 MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament win.
"We have addressed some important needs for the long and short term by bringing in some outstanding positional players and quality pitching to replace a group of talented seniors," Rossi said. "These five players are a nice complement to the players we have here already, and will enhance the future of the program. 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. We're always looking for the top arms and athletes available, and this group achieves that goal."
D'Anna is a 6-6, 215-pound right-handed pitcher who attends Roy C. Ketcham High School. He was named All-League his junior year after going 7-0 last with a 1.75 ERA. This past summer he was 2-0 with the Field Generals Summer Team, and again had a miniscule ERA of 1.38. He is a big, strong, powerful and talented pitcher who should see playing time immediately.
"Dylan is an outstanding pitcher who has an extremely high ceiling," Rossi said. "We feel that in a very short time he will be a major contributor. He also is an outstanding student who will be a welcome addition to the Siena community."
Sutera is a 6-5, 175-pound right-handed pitcher who is a part of the Waterford High School program in Connecticut. He is coming off a spring and summer season where he combined to go 8-3 with three saves. He had a 1.06 ERA last spring and a 1.47 ERA in the summer.
"Tom is an intriguing player who we feel hasn't even scratched the surface ability wise," Rossi said, "He is tall and lean, with a lot of room to fill out. Without a doubt there is considerable room for growth all the way around, and the coaching staff can't wait to have him aboard. We feel that in a short period of time he will be a major player in the program."
Miller is a 6-3, 200-pound, left-handed pitcher who attends Maple Hill High School. He was a Patroon Conference All-Star Second Team selection as a sophomore, and First Team pick as a junior. He made the Albany Times Union and Troy Record All-Star Second and First Teams respectively as a sophomore, and was named to the Class C All-State Second Team as a junior. As a junior, he went 9-3 with a school-record 1.01 ERA and struck out 100 men in 69 1/3 innings pitched. He also lettered in soccer and basketball at Maple Hill, earning All-Conference and Most Valuable Goalie honors in soccer.
"Tommy is an outstanding lefty who was a dominant force in the Capital District the past two seasons," Rossi said. "He has a great arm and should provide immediate help to the program. We are excited to have him aboard. He's another outstanding student who will be a welcome addition to the program and school."
Folgers is a 5-11, 180-pound infielder who attends St. Anthony's High School on Long Island. He was Team MVP last spring and was named to the Blue Chip list of Top-50 recruits. He led St. Anthony's with a .429 batting average and a .762 slugging percentage as a junior. Folgers was also a mainstay for the prestigious Bayside Yankees 2014 summer program.
"Jordan is an outstanding hitter who we feel should be a major offensive producer immediately," Rossi said. "We are excited to have him in the program and feel in a very short period of time he could be a dominant force in the lineup."
Nolan is a 6-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who attends Windsor High School. He was All-Conference and Hartford Courant All-Area Honorable Mention last season. Nolan is a captain and 4-year varsity starter in baseball who also is the starting quarterback on the No. 6 ranked team in the State, another sport he has gained All-Conference and Leadership recognition for. He was 4-2 with a 1.91 ERA last year with 47 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched.
"We are extremely happy to have John in our program and as a member of the Siena College Community," Rossi said. "He's an exceptional student and an outstanding athlete who has been exposed to some of the best talent in New England. He has a huge upside and we feel he can be a major contributor immediately. We are excited to have him with us."