Q&A with 2016 UVA Commit Anthony Felitti



By Jerry Shank
Maryland Director of Scouting

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Anthony FelittiAnthony Felitti Committed to the University of Virginia in 2014.  The 2016 LHP is one of the top players in the class of 2016 and part of a talented rotation at Gaithersburg high school. He was also recently mentioned as one a potential player to represent Maryland in the Super 60.  You can read that article by clicking HERE.  Felitti was kind enough to speak with PBR Maryland about his decision and the recruiting process.

What was the recruiting process like for you?

-- I wasn't really sure what to expect during the recruitment process nor did I expect to commit in my sophomore year. I thought I would not make a decision until the spring of my junior year. It was exciting to have many colleges interested in me and wanting me to join their program.

What were the key factors you were looking for in your college decision?

-- What I was looking for in a school was academics because they come first. If you are not successful in the classroom you will not be successful on the field. Secondly I was looking for a team that has a strong bond and functions like a close-knit family. I was also looking for coaches who have a rich baseball history and knowledge. Coach O'Connor and Coach Kuhn have been together for many years and have always ran a great program. They have not had a single arm injury since they have been at UVA.

When did things heat up in your recruitment?

-- Things started to heat up in my recruiting process when I attended the Southern Maryland Baseball Camp last winter. This is where I got all of my exposure and is where my future head coach Brian O'Connor saw me pitch for the first time.

When did you realize that you were a college caliber baseball player?

--I realized I was a college caliber player after attending The Southern Maryland baseball camp. This is where I got my first looks.

What was the biggest factor in the school you finally chose to attend?

-- There were several factors including coaches, academics, and being only two hours from home.

What other schools were you considering?

-- Penn State, Maryland, Coastal Carolina, Richmond, VCU, Indiana, and UNC Charlotte.

What has been the biggest moment in your baseball career?

-- The best game in which I have been a part of is The Big 26 buddy game. In this game I helped a kid with a disability learn and compete in a game of baseball.

Who do you play for over the summer? Why did you decide to play for them?

-- I play for The Mid-Atlantic Red Sox during the summer. I decided to play with them because the head coach of the team is my pitching coach, Mark Shives. I feel very comfortable playing for him because he notices things about my pitching that no one else can.

Is there a MLB player that you would compare your style of play with?

-- An MLB player that I would compare my style of play with is former New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte.

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