LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Baseball Head Coach Tony Rossi has announced the additions of five future Saints, who recently committed to the program during the Early Signing Period. Chris Brouwer, Ben Brown, Tim Caroll, Craig Corliss and Avery Short will enroll at Siena College next fall, and are all set to make their debuts on the diamond donning the Green and Gold in 2018.
“We are extremely excited to have this group of young men join our program and become a part of the Siena community,” said Rossi. “This is a very talented class, with all having a chance to have an impact athletic career at Siena, and they all will be a positive part of the Siena community. Assistant coaches Pat Carroll and Steve Adkins 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 their freshmen and other incoming players each season.
“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,” added Rossi. “We are always looking for the top arms and athletes available, and this group achieves that goal. With this class, we have addressed all of our needs, and should be positively impacted both in the short and long term with some outstanding positional players and quality pitchers set to replace a strong group of seniors who will be departing. These five players provide a nice compliment to the players that we have here already, and will enhance the future of the program.”
A 6’3” 175-pound left-handed pitcher from Northbridge, Massachusetts, Brouwer was named the Central and Western Massachusetts All-Star Team’s Most Valuable Pitcher after striking out three while allowing just one hit over two scoreless innings of work against the Eastern Mass All-Stars in last summer’s MBCA Junior All-Star Game held at Bentley College. A Massachusetts All-State selection who attends Northbridge High, he was 6-5 with a 1.95 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 65 combined innings pitched last spring and summer.
“Chris is a diamond in the rough,” commented 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 Chris with us, and feel that he will get quality innings immediately.”
Brown is a 6’5” 210-pound right-handed pitcher from East Setauket, New York. He posted a 6-1 record as a sophomore, and has pitched Ward Melville to League I Titles each of the past two seasons. Brown struck out 27 batters while allowing just two earned runs in 24 innings of work last season, en route to earning All-League acclaim.
“Ben is a big strong right-hander with a great upside,” remarked Rossi. “He has a mid-to-upper 80’s fastball with a developing curve and changeup. Ben is an outstanding student as well as a baseball player, and is expected to receive immediate playing time. He is a welcome addition to our school and community.”
A local product from nearby Ballston Lake, New York, Carroll attends LaSalle Institute in Troy. A 6’3” 180-pound infielder/outfielder, he was tabbed a 2016 Colonial Council First Team All-Star after hitting .396 with 40 RBI in 45 games last season.
“Tim is big and strong with plus power,” described Rossi. “His versatility will be an immense help to the program, as he can swing back from the infield and outfield effectively. We feel that he can be an immediate contributor in a very short period of time.”
A 6’0” 195-pound catcher from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Corliss attends Worcester Academy. He hit a combined .396 last year, making both the Central Massachusetts All-Star and All-State teams.
“Craig is another one of those diamond in the rough types,” said Rossi. “He is a raw talent who has a huge upside. He has real good arm, can hit, and can hit with power. He has a high ceiling and we’re extremely happy to have Craig with us, and we feel he will get quality playing time immediately.”
Short was named the Daily Freeman Pitcher of the Year and a Second Team All-State selection after pitching Kingston High to the Section IX Class AA Title last season. The 5’7” 160-pound right-handed pitcher was also tabbed the All-Area Pitcher of the Year after posting a 6-1 record with a 0.39 ERA, striking out 55 batters while walking just eight and allowing only 26 hits in recording a .138 opponents’ batting average over 55.1 innings of work. Short also pitches for the Taconic Rangers summer program, which is one of the top teams in the region.
“Avery is one of the top pitchers in the state with outstanding stuff,” commented Rossi. “He should be ready to make a major contribution as a freshman.”