Returner Spotlight

**Chris Hohlstein ’14: SS**

Coming in at 6’2” and 190lbs, Co-Captain Hohlstein is a projectable power and threat in the middle of the infield, a hot commodity in the baseball world. In the field, Hohlstein attacks the baseball aggressively and uses his strong arm to zip throws across the diamond. His approach at the plate yields a lot of strikeouts, as well as big-time power. Hohlstein, who is committed to Davidson College, boasts great bat speed that allows him to wait on pitches before whipping the barrel through the zone. He drives the ball with authority to all fields and makes hard, solid contact. Perhaps the most memorable moment of last year’s regular season was Hohlstein’s 400+ foot walk-off homerun against Cushing.

2013 stats: 50 AB, .260/.380/.351, 12 R, 13 H, 1HR, 6 RBI

**Tim Salvadore ’15: P**

6’3” and 185lbs with a long, athletic build, Salvadore is the picture of projectable. His best weapon on the mound is undoubtedly his fastball; coming in at a blistering 91 mph, Salvadore’s fastball blows hitters away, but also has deceptive sink. What used to be a curveball morphed into a sharp 10-4 slider under supervision from Coach Kevin Graber. His unique low three-quarters slot favors the slider and allows him to throw it in the high 70s. According to Perfect Game USA, Salvadore notes that he has an “advanced feel” for the pitch, meaning that he can use it effectively early or late in the count. Already committed to Virginia Tech, Salvadore’s potential has people wondering if he will be drafted out of high school come the summer of 2015.

2013 stats: 4-1, 1.14 ERA, 30.2 IP, 13BB/34SO13BB/34SO

**John Simourian ’16: Catcher**

Last year’s youngest player on the team might just be this year’s best player. At 5’8” and 165lbs, John Simourian, known by many as “Sumo,” plays far bigger than his size. An offensive catalyst and all-around spark-plug, watching “Sumo” play brings a phrase to mind: Shades of Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox second baseman . A diminutive ballplayer, Pedroia maintains hustle and heart, that, combined with his natural talent, separate him from the pack. Similarly, Simourian goes all-out every single play, be it the pre-season or playoffs. He can hit for average. He can hit for power. He can run. He can field. He can throw. A true five-tool player, scouts have difficulty keeping their eyes off of him. Living up to his billing as a top player, Simourian was an offensive force on the team last season, ranking near the top of the pack in every significant offensive category.

2013 stats: 54 AB, .353/.407/.455, 14 R, 19 H, 6 RBI, 5 SB