A promising freshman whom the coaches have really high expectations for ... Is very athletic ... Coach Hughes has called him "probably one of the top defenders I've ever recruited" ... Will compete for valuable playing time and will be looked upon to be the Hokies' shortstop of the future ... Coaches were really happy with the fall he had.
High School: Played his junior and senior seasons for Coach Paige Owens at Rockbridge County High ... Batted .482 as a senior with five home runs and 22 stolen bases, earning all-district recognition and All-Timesland honors by The Roanoke Times ... As a junior for the district champs, regional runners-up and state quarterfinalists, he hit .442 to earn the team's slugger and co-MVP awards in addition to another All-Timesland nod ... Was also selected for the Virginia Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2006 ... Played his freshman and sophomore seasons in New York, earning first-team All-Catholic honors while playing for a team ranked in the top five in the state among small schools.
Personal: Anthony Michael Balisteri III ... Born 12/29/88 in Buffalo, NY... Son of Tony and Michelle Balisteri ... Enrolled in university studies.