QC’s Cassinelli Signs with U-Dub
5 months ago Andrew Luberda 0
Queen Creek senior baseball player Colton Cassinelli has been training to compete at the highest level in the sport since being a pre-teen. He moved a step closer to that reality last fall, signing his National Letter of Intent with the University of Washington.
After receiving interest from a plethora of schools and considering offers from several of them, Cassinelli relied on the comfortable bond he developed with Huskies’ coaches to make his decision.
“I felt with the coaching staff and the atmosphere up there, I really connected with the coaches,” he told CountyLinepreps.com following a signing-day event hosted at Queen Creek High School last month. “I think it’s a really good fit to play up there.”
Colton Cassinelli on why Washington: “It was the best fit for me academically and Seattle is perfect for me. The facilities are outstanding and I really connected with the coaching staff.” #GoHuskies #woof pic.twitter.com/rePrPjLsTx
— Washington Baseball (@UW_Baseball) November 21, 2017
As evidenced by his .360 batting average during a four-year varsity career, the left-handed hitting Cassinelli can rake. He’s participated in camps from coast-to-coast and competed with teams across the country to hone his skills. He was a member of the 2017 Cincinnati Reds Area Code team that competed in Long Beach, Calif., last summer.
“It was a great experience to get advice from all the coaches,” Cassinelli said about the opportunity to train with coaches at every level. “They told me what I needed to work on.”
Cassinelli hit .395 as a sophomore then .397 as a junior, his best year to date. He finished last season with 31 hits, including 11 doubles, two triples and a homerun. He also drove in 22 runs. For his career, Cassinelli has 82 hits, 21 of them doubles, an OBP near .475 and an OPS just under 1.000. He’s hitting .364 in nine games so far this season and recently cranked his second career homerun.
— colton (@colton15cassin1) March 18, 2018
Cassinelli has played all over the field on defense during his high school career, but figures to play catcher at the next level. That’s been his primary position with the Bulldogs the last two seasons.
The experience of playing with different teams across the county has allowed Cassinelli to share the diamond with many teammates, including several attending rival PAC-12 schools closer to home. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to compete against them.
“I have a lot of friends and teammates going to the PAC-12, so when (the Huskies) come back down to Arizona it’s going to be a big show with all of my friends going to ASU, U of A, and all those (Arizona) schools,” he said.
The opportunity to play at Queen Creek for two former collegiate and professional baseball players has prepared Cassinelli for the next level and beyond.
“Our coaches run college-style practices and they’ve maintained that,” he said. “Going into next year I won’t have to change (much).”
Another thing that won’t change is the support he receives from his family – his mother Robyn, father Victor and sister Cameron.
“They’ve supported me since I was in middle school,” Colton said. “I know it’s going to continue through college and hopefully pro ball. I’m excited for it.”
Considering he gave his verbal as a junior, Cassinelli is glad to finally have his decision behind him, but he knows the hard work must continue if he’s going to make it to the highest level.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders, but pro ball is still out there so I have to grind a little bit more,” he said.
For what it’s worth, the MLB draft is in June.