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Featured article on U of Alabama commit RHP Andrew DiPiazza

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Over the next four days all nine players from the 2014 Alabama baseball recruiting class will be featured on RollTide.com. Today’s featured players are infielder Chandler Avant from Troy, Ala. and right-handed pitcher Andrew DiPiazza from Bayville, N.J.

Andrew DiPiazza
6-7, 225
Bayville, N.J. (NJ Marlins)

Andrew DiPiazza comes to Alabama by way of New Jersey, where he is the Garden State’s 13th overall ranked player and the eighth-ranked right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game USA. Ranked as the 371st overall player in the country, he was named a 2013 High Honorable Mention Preseason HS Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game. A four-year varsity letter winner at Central Regional High School, DiPiazza was selected to the 2013 Area Code Games, where he displayed a mid-to-high 80s fastball with a good breaking ball. As a junior, DiPiazza was named to the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA New Jersey Baseball Team, as well as an Honorable Mention on MSG Varsity’s 2013 All-New Jersey Team. The righty went a perfect 9-0 in 2013 with a 0.85 ERA and 108 strikeouts, en route to first team all-state selections by the Star Ledger and the Asbury PK Press. An all-county selection, DiPiazza was named the Shore Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2013, as the 6-7, 225-pound righty helped CRHS to a South Jersey Group III semi-final finish in 2013. In addition to playing baseball, he also plays basketball, football and is a member of the winter track team.

Alabama assistant coach Dax Norris about Andrew DiPiazza
“He is a big kid that projects really well. He currently throws 87-88, but by the time he leaves Alabama, we expect that he will throw in the mid-90s. He fits everything we’re about and he was all about Alabama from the beginning of the recruiting process. He will have an opportunity to pitch early in his career. We can bring him along slowly, but he should work his way into a weekend guy for us. Being 6-7 he’s got great tilt on the fastball, he throws a lot of strikes, and knows how to pitch. For his age he’s very mature and isn’t caught up trying to throw 92-93. He throws three pitches for a strike and he fits what we’re looking for to a tee.”

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