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Q & A With Joey Grillo

Q & A With Joey Grillo

(Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

One of the story lines that slipped through the cracks in Suffolk County Class A was the terrific season by Rocky Point in 2017. They began the season 13-1 and finished with an overall record of 17-5. Their team was led by James Weisman, Joe Grillo, Brian Forbes, Rob Milopsky among others. Grillo, a University of Bridgeport-commit, will be back this year and is setting his sights set high.

He batted .411 (30-for-73) with 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 runs, .500 OBP and 1.158 OPS at the plate. On the mound, he was 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 35 K over 34.2 IP.

He didn’t mince words when he discussed his goals for 2018 with Vinny Messana.

Here’s what he had to say:

Talk a little about your experience with the college recruiting process and how you decided to commit to Bridgeport.

During the winter, my travel coach would always have college coaches come down to help us, and I caught the eye of Coach Parrow, the assistant coach of Bridgeport. They wasted no time to get me into their school.

Do you come from an athletic family ?

Yes I come from an athletic family; my cousins were All- County wrestling champions, my mom had a full scholarship for track and my uncle was an All-County running back

Who are some people that have had positive influences on your baseball career ?

My dad has had the most positive impact on my baseball career. We began practicing for six hours or more at the age of 7 on Rocky Point’s field, getting to know Coach Asc (Andrew Aschettino) and Strovink at a young age, they have impacted my career too, teaching me i know about the game of baseball.
Who are some athletes you look up to or try to emulate ?
I look up to Bryce Harper because of his work ethic, his reputation and how any trash talk he says, he’ll work twice as harder to earn it
One of the most spectacular baseball games I’ve witnessed was the playoff game against SWR in 2016 in front of close to 1,000 fans. What was that experience like ?
The SWR game was the funnest, most intense baseball game me and my teammates ever played. That was such a great win for our team and a unforgettable moment in Rocky Point sports
What are your goals for 2018?
My goal for this 2018 season is to win counties, and to win all awards possible, including the Carl Yastrzemski award. I’ll be working all off-season so i can go into the season with no fear, working for what I desire.


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Vinny is the Editor-In-Chief of aXcess Baseball. He is a 2013 graduate of Adelphi University. He previously worked for Bleacher Report and Baseball Info Solutions.

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