Joe Rizzo




South Carolina
Oakton (HS) • VA
5-11 • 215LBS • L/R


2016 National

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2016 DRAFT Mariners ROUND 2
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3.7.16:  Rizzo is an athletic infielder with a strong frame. He hits from an athletic stance and has a leg kick stride with a slight load back and good rhythm. He is very quick to the ball and gets good extension through it. He has an electric lower half and explosive hands, generating elite bat speed and power with minimal effort. He maintains balance throughout his swing and shows a good approach, hitting the ball where it is thrown and using the entire field. Defensively, Rizzo played shortstop and showed soft hands and a good first step. He has a clean transfer and quick release with a strong, accurate arm. He also showed a good feel of how much arm he needed and how quickly the ball had to come out during the scrimmage. Rizzo has average speed, getting down the line in 4.41 and 4.43 from the left side, but he has very good quickness. In his at bat against Lee, he did a good job taking a fastball that was a bit up the other way for a base hit.
Rizzo is a South Carolina commit that is 5-foot-11, 215-pounds.  He is an athletic defender that has good feet and soft hands.  Rizzo has ability to move well laterally and has above average arm strength.  His best tool is his bat.  Rizzo hits from a athletic/wide stance with good rhythm and balance.  He has a gap-to-gap approach with a smooth left handed swing.

6/15: Polished left-handed stroke. Exudes confidence on every swing. Starts in a balanced athletic stance with high hands. Utilizes a leg kick and stays behind the ball very well. Hands are short to the ball and explosive. Lower half is also explosive. Stride and hands stay online throughout the swing. Has power through the middle of the field.  At third base, has good lateral movement and a strong throwing arm. Has the ability to be a plus defender at the position.

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