As kids, many of us dreamt of playing baseball – America’s past time – at the next level. Whether it was suiting up for a top college team, or hitting a game-winning homerun in game seven of the world series.
Well, one Middletown resident is on the cusp of those dreams.
Dominic DiSabatino, a Middletown resident and member of the back-to-back high school baseball state champion St. Mark’s Spartans, signed his letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Maryland recently.
The Middletown Transcript sat down with Dominic to discuss his decision to go with Maryland, how he got to this point in his career, and what the future holds for this diamond stand out.
For DiSabatino, playing at Maryland seemed to offer everything he wanted for his college experience. The Terps first had interest in DiSabatino after seeing him compete in a tournament in North Carolina last November.
“I played a tournament in North Carolina last November and they saw me there, as soon as it was over they contacted me and I went for a visit in January,” said DiSabatino. “I went down for a second visit around March and they came and watched me play for St. Mark’s and my travel team and I signed in November.”
“They gave me a full scholarship so that helped a lot,” said DiSabatino. “Maryland being in the Big 10 conference was something I looked at, and it’s very close to home so my parents and friends can come see me.”
Another deciding factor for DiSabatino was playing time, and when it would come.
“They said I’ll start my freshmen year playing short stop and that’s what I wanted,” said DiSabatino.
DiSabatino has improved each and every season at the high school level, eventually blossoming into not only a top college prospect but a player many Major League Baseball teams may have on their radar when the draft rolls around this summer.
Also, DiSabatino is no stranger to the big leagues as he’s been featured on several Major League Baseball scout teams, most recently for the Kansas City Royals.
“A couple of scouts said they like how my body projects,” said DiSabatino. “They said I need to work on my speed and my ability to get to the baseball because there aren’t a lot of tall short stops. But they also said I’m fluent with my hitting which is a good sign for me going forward.”
The New York Mets, Texas Rangers and even the Philadelphia Phillies have contacted DiSabatino about his possible draft value this summer.
“This month I’m going to Citizens Bank Park to meet with Phillies scouts and Ruben Amaro Jr.,” said DiSabatino. “The Mets and Rangers have sent me letters in the mail about the draft and what my lowest round to go would be.”
While all the attention from Major League teams has no doubt been exciting for DiSabatino, it’s clear that he values the opportunity at Maryland to get a good education.
“Education is very important for me and my family,” said DiSabatino. “I’m most likely going to college, though if I were to get drafted in the first three rounds; it would be hard to pass up.”
DiSabatino was originally going to join the Colorado Rockies’ scout team this summer, but has opted to play for Middletown’s American Legion Club instead after his final high school season with the Spartans this spring.
It’s been an exciting few years for DiSabatino and it looks as if things are going to get even better. And while DiSabatino is dead-set on a career in baseball, he’s going to enjoy the journey nevertheless.
“Since I was a little kid I wanted to play in the big leagues, it’s been nice to see all of this come about,” said DiSabatino. “It’s been a dream come true so far, being given the opportunity to go to a good college and play division I ball. But, whatever happens, if I don’t end up playing in the majors I’m okay with it. I’m pretty satisfied with where things are now and the direction I’m headed.”