Goossens signs national letter of intent to Siena College

Bryan Goossens signs his national letter of intent to Sienna College with Jon Davis, left, and Tim Mayo, right, of Dream Bat Company Baseball School on Denslow Road in East Longmeadow.

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June 4, 2012

By Chris Maza

chrism@thereminder.com

WILBRAHAM — Minnechaug Regional High School's Bryan Goossens has returned a binding national letters of intent to attend Siena College in Latham, N.Y. and play baseball beginning in the fall.

Goossens, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher who just finished a stellar scholastic career at Minnechaug Regional High School. He was an All-League, First Team All-Western Massachusetts and Massachusetts High School Coaches Association Junior-Select Team selection as an undergraduate and helped lead the MRHS baseball team to a Division 1 Western Massachusetts Championship in 2011.

"Bryan is one of the top pitchers in the state of Massachusetts," Rossi said. "He's a big, strong righty with a good curve and change-up. He should give the team quality innings immediately and be a major contributor."

Goossens and the Falcons are currently in the midst of a title defense in the Division 1 Western Massachusetts tournament.

"My goal right now is to still make in to the state finals with Minnechaug this season and repeat what we did last year but looking ahead to playing in college is very exciting too," he said, "Playing college baseball has always been my goal and now that I am almost ready to begin my college career, it just makes me want to work so much harder and prepare myself for what is to come."

Goossens, who caught Siena's eye when he topped out at 91 miles per hour in an all-star game last year, was also considering Cornell, Northeastern, and the University of Rhode Island.

Amherst College also expressed interest, prompting a call to Goossens from Dan Duquette, former Red Sox general manager and current Baltimore Orioles general manager, an Amherst alum.

In the end, the scholarship and the prospect of playing time he could get at Siena.

"Siena offered me $34,000 per year to play baseball there and they told me that I will have a chance to get a lot of innings from the start there," Goossens said. "I could have the opportunity to be a starter my freshman year and that was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up."

Goossens added that is very excited to work with the coaching staff at Siena.

"The head coach at Siena (Tony Rossi) has been there for 41 years now and knows the game better than anyone else," he said. "I have developed a strong relationship with all the coaches already and I know it was the right decision for me. The school is a good academic fit for me and I liked the campus a lot too. I have been following the workout plan they gave me and I'll be ready to go as soon as I step on campus."

Goossens also hopes to play in the Cape Cod Baseball League, a league that has produced several notable current and past Red Sox players, including Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Lowell, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek and Kevin Youkilis as well as other Major League Baseball stars such as Lance Berkman, Tim Lincecum, Frank Thomas and Evan Longoria.

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