One of the best players in the state of Delaware, Dominic DiSabatino, ended a stellar four-year baseball career at St. Mark’s this spring. During that time he helped the Spartans to multiple title, while earning several post-season honors including all-conference and all-state selections as well as being named Co-Player of the Year in Delaware as well as Gatorade Delaware Player of the Year.
The Hockessin Community News sat down with DiSabatino to talk about his accolades with St. Mark’s and his future on the diamond.
While DiSabatino has received accolades before for his work on the field, he was humbled by the honors earned in his last high school season, giving credit to his coaches and teammates for helping make it all possible.
“It’s a huge honor, I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches putting me in great positions to succeed,” said DiSabatino. “The whole team had a great year, and they put me in good spots which helped me do what I was able to do. I’m so thankful for all my teammates and coaches have done for me.”
After another standout campaign with the Spartans in which he produced a batting average of .452 to go along with six homeruns, 19 RBI, and 17 runs scored, DiSabatino’s baseball future now lies at the University of Maryland where he’ll play next spring.
DiSabatino has participated on scout teams with both the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies in the past, and worked closely with Paul Murphy, a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, while playing for Tri-State Arsenal 17U National Showcase team in 2013. With plenty of eyes on DiSabatino, many are excited about his potential and how he could possible project as a major league player down the road.
With that future in mind, DiSabatino may be headed for a position change in the future after occupying the middle infield during his high school career.
“Scouts have said I’d fill out and lose some mobility, so I’ve basically been playing third base this whole summer,” DiSabatino said. “The transition has been challenging, but I’ve still played some short stop here and there.”
DiSabatino says he’s still getting used to playing the hot corner, suiting up for Middletown Post 25 in the American Legion Baseball League. He’s focusing on being in the right position ,specific to the situation, which can differ significantly from playing short stop.
“It’s a much different position, I’m still not sure where to play with certain batters and where to be for the cutoffs,” said DiSabatino. “It’s a lot different from short stop where you can move around to different places but I’m confident I can do it.”
DiSabatino will have plenty of time to perfect his skills at the college level where he’ll likely play from day one next season. Playing right away was important to DiSabatino and one of the reasons why he chose Maryland over his other suitors.
“A big deciding factor for me was playing time,” said DiSabatino. “I was looking at a couple of different schools when Maryland said I would have the opportunity to start right out of the gates as a freshmen at short stop or second base. That’s a huge reason why I picked Maryland because I believe they’re the best fit for me.”