Join Date: May 2006
Location: Middletown, Ohio
Prospect Profile: Anthony Gressick
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200
Acquired: '06 draft (26th round)
Previous team: THE Ohio University (Where he was also an OF/DH)
Hometown/High School: Lancaster/Fisher Catholic
From OU’s bio page:
2006 MLB Draft: Was selected by the Cincinnati Reds as a pitcher in the 26th Round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
2006: Earned the second All-America award of his career when he was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Third Team as a designated hitter ... Named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region First Team as a designated hitter ... Earned All-MAC First Team honors for the third time in his career, the fifth player in Ohio history to be a three-time selection ... Was named Ohio's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Green & White Club ... Offensively, Gressick led the team in runs scored (45), hits (73), doubles (16), home runs (8), RBIs (43), walks (25), slugging (.587) and on-base percentage (.449) ... His .372 average was second on the team and sixth in the MAC ... Led the MAC in league-only games with 47 hits ... His 73 hits and 16 doubles were career highs ... Had a career-high - and team-leading - 25 multiple-hit games ... Had three or more hits in a game nine times ... Also led Ohio with 12 multiple-RBI games ... Started the season with a 10-game hitting streak and ended the season with a nine-game run ... Hit safely in 37 of the team's 46 games ... Was Ohio's best hitter against left-handed pitching with a .429 average and led the team in hitting with runners on base at .392 ... Ohio's best clutch hitter, going 16-for-37 (.432) in the eighth and ninth innings ... Season highs include four hits at Toledo (3/31), six RBIs at Miami (5/13), three doubles at Western Kentucky (2/26), and two homers in games at Miami (5/13) and against Bowling Green (5/20) ... Had two homers and a game-winning RBI single in his last game as a Bobcat against Bowling Green (5/20) ... Was named MAC East Division Player of the Week on May 22 ... Finished his Ohio career ranked third on the program's all-time list with 36 home runs, fourth with 384 total bases, fifth with 44 doubles, sixth with 228 hits and sixth with 157 RBIs ... On the mound, Gressick went 4-1 in nine starts ... Missed three turns in the rotation with a shoulder injury ... Finished second on the team and 18th in the MAC with a 4.47 ERA ... Led the starting staff - and ranked seventh in the MAC - with 8.12 strikeouts per nine innings ... Had 49 strikeouts and 20 walks in 54.1 innings pitched ... Allowed one earned run on seven hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in a complete game against Akron (5/6) ... Was named MAC Preseason Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and was a preseason All-MAC pick by Baseball America.
2005: Selected first-team All-MAC and ABCA All-Mideast Region as a utility player ... Started all 51 games including 36 as a designated hitter ... Recorded 18 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games ... Tied for the team lead in RBIs with 49 ... Ranked second on the team with 61 hits, 94 total bases, 12 doubles, seven home runs and a .475 slugging percentage ... Placed third on the team in both batting average (.308) and on-base percentage (.387) ... Hit .419 against left-handed pitching and .545 in MAC games ... Had four hits against West Virginia on April 27, including a game-winning grand slam ... Also recorded four RBIs at Xavier on April 5 ... Against Western Michigan on April 30, he went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and threw a complete game five-hitter on the mound ... As a pitcher, started in 10 games and recorded a 3-3 record ... Led the MAC with a 2.67 ERA ... Had 15 strikeouts and no earned runs in a game against Eastern Michigan on April 9 ... Also had a complete game at Akron on May 21 in addition to the WMU outing ... Team-best 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings and 9.1 in MAC games ... Limited lefties to .194 and righties to .204 in MAC action.
2004: An ABCA All-American and first-team All-MAC representative as a designated hitter ... Led the Bobcats in home runs (16), RBIs (45), runs scored (48), total bases (129), walks (28) and slugging percentage (.705) ... Ranked second in the MAC in home runs, third in slugging percentage, seventh in total bases and eighth in batting average and on base percentage ... His 16 home runs tied Jeff Rook (1999) and Cory Keylor (2001) for third most home runs in a single season in Ohio history ... Ranked second on the team with a .377 batting average, 21 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI contests ... Posted the Bobcats longest hitting streak of the season at 13 games ... Reached base safely in 43 of 46 games ... Went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBI and a home run against Ohio Wesleyan on April 14 ... In a three-game set at Ball State (May 9-11) was 4-for-12 (.333) with three home runs, six RBI, and three runs scored ... In the season-ending series against Akron was 6-for-12 (.500) with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored ... Due to an arm injury, was limited to designated hitter all year where he started 46 games ... Mononucleosis forced him to miss eight games during the season
2003: Named to MAC All-Tournament Team after batting .500 (9-for-18) with a home run and six RBIs in four playoff games ... Went 5-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored in Ohio's 14-4 upset of Ball State in the first round of the tournament ... Clubbed a pair of home runs against Eastern Michigan on May 16 to become the first Bobcat freshman to accomplish that feat since Adam Fox did it in 2001 ... Hit safely in his last 10 games of the season with a .395 batting average, three home runs and 13 RBI ... Also appeared in 17 games on the mound - including a pair of starts ... Led the team with four saves ... Earned first win of his career with two shutout innings of relief against Michigan State on Mar. 21 ... Struck out a career-high seven batters and earned his third victory of the season in a must-win situation against Eastern Michigan on May 18 - his first start of the year.
HIGH SCHOOL: Went 8-2 during his senior year at William V. Fisher Catholic while hitting .586 with 12 home runs as a pitcher and infielder ... Named first-team All-Ohio, District Player of the Year, Mizuno All-Ohio and Mid-State League Player of the Year in 2002 ... Led team to state semifinals in 2001 and was district runner-up in 2002 ... Also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL: A recreation and sport management double major ... Son of Jeff & Denise Gressick ... Father played professional baseball ... Sister, Melissa, is a member of the Ohio track & field squad ... Born on Jan. 1, 1984.
From the Billings Gazette (6/24/06):
Saturday night marked Anthony Gressick's first professional start.
The Billings Mustangs' rookie never looked uncomfortable.
Gressick threw five strong innings, rendering three hits and no runs while striking out three as the Mustangs cruised to a 9-1 win over the Helena Brewers at Cobb Field.
Gressick, drafted this year by the Cincinnati Reds out of Ohio University, was unshakeable against the Brewers, much to the delight of his manager, Rick Burleson.
"He was good from the outset and finished very well," Burleson said. "He did everything we asked. He located the ball down in the zone and threw strikes. You can't ask for much more than that from a guy in his first start."
Burleson and the Mustangs' coaching staff had Gressick pegged for a 55-pitch outing, if he could get there.
Gressick threw exactly 55 pitches, then gave way to a bullpen that was just as effective.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
Last edited by dabvu2498; 06-26-2006 at 03:50 PM.