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Powerful Sabatino Has Passion For Baseball

Bruce Hefflinger
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Powerful Sabatino Has Passion For Baseball

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Anthony Sabatino OF / Marlington, OH / 2020

ALLIANCE - On three occasions over the past year Anthony Sabatino has topped the category “Most Raw Power” at PBR events.

Colleges showing an interest in the 5-9 195-pounder are now finding out there is much more to the Marlington incoming senior.

“They like my work ethic, my passion for the game and how I’m a good teammate,” Sabatino said about schools that have been talking to him of late.

Kent State, Ohio University, Muskingum and Marietta have all reached out to the 110th-ranked 2020 in the state at some point in time, with visits taken by Sabatino to Walsh, Tiffin and Malone.

“A few of them saw me at the Top Prospect Games while others have seen me at my games,” Sabatino said.

What they have witnessed is an outfielder with strength who is determined to improve his all-around game in any way possible.

“I’ve been working on the mental side of things, trying not to beat myself up,” Sabatino explained. “I want to stay within myself.”

A football player at Marlington as well as baseball, Sabatino can not get enough of America’s Favorite Pastime.

“I just enjoy playing it,” Sabatino said of baseball. “I like that you can play it every day of the week instead of just once a week like football. I like playing catch, hitting in the cages ... I enjoy it all.”

Proof often comes once the game begins.

“I’m not a big flashy guy or a tall guy, I’m a hard worker,” Sabatino noted. “I’m the type of player that will get down and dirty to get the job done if you need me to do it.”

That includes defensively as well as on the bases.

“It’s a lot of fun making that diving play in the outfield or getting to the ball in the gap that’s scorched and they’re thinking double or triple and you rob them,” Sabatino said. “That’s a good feeling.”

Getting better in the outfield is certainly important when it comes to playing at the next level for Sabatino.

“I’ve improved my read step a lot from my freshman year until now,” the ninth-rated uncommitted 2020 in the state explained. “Coach (Chris) Check (who works with Ohio Elite players in the winter) has helped me out a lot there.”

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