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Andrea Sellaroli

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Biographical Information[edit]

Andrea Sellaroli has played in Serie A1 and for the Italian national team.

He debuted for Nettuno 2 in the 2014 Italian Baseball League, hitting only .123/.254/.123 and fielding .958. [1] In 2015, he batted .253/.317/.267 and fielded .980 for Nettuno. [2] He hit .370/.485/.444 in the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup and his 8 runs tied him for 9th in the event (with An-Ko Lin, Louis Okoye and Jun-young Park). He led Italy on offense and easily outperformed his double-play partner, high-profile Royals signee Marten Gasparini. [3] He also was Italy's top hitter (in average) in the 2015 European Junior Championship, at .458/.552/.500 with ten runs in six games, though he fielded .818. He was 5th in average, tied Martin Červinka for third in OBP, tied for second in runs (one behind Max Draijer), tied for third in hits (11) and tied for 6th in errors (4). [4]

In 2016, he hit .268 and fielded .968 for Nettuno. [5] He won Silver Slugger at 2B. [6] He produced at a .294/.389/.339 in 2017 and fielded .987; that was the season the league switched from being called the Italian Baseball League to its older Serie A1 designation. He batted .299/.339/.393 with 20 runs in 27 games in 2018 and was 7-for-7 in steals at age 20. He tied Leo Rodríguez and Yordanis Alarcón for 8th in hits (35), tied for second in steals (four behind Alessandro Vaglio), tied for second with two triples (one shy of Aldo Koutsoyanopulos), tied Alex Sambucci for 3rd in double plays (18) and tied for third in errors (7). [7]

He did not play in Serie A1 in either 2019 or 2020. He returned in '21, fielding .988 for Nettuno and hitting .333/.455/.519 with 39 runs. He tied Luca Martone and Filippo Agretti for 3rd in runs and led with six triples. [8] He then made Italy's squad for the 2021 European Championship. His first game, he replaced Mattia Mercuri at second base late in a 14-1 rout of Austria and flew out against Alessandro Zoufal his first time up. He started in left and led off in the Bronze Medal Game against Spain. He went 0 for 3 against Elián Leyva. He did come up big by throwing out Edison Valerio at home in the 6th to keep it even at 0; Italy would win 2-0 but he wasn't around for the end of the game as Noel González took his spot. [9]