ELITE BASEBALL TRAINING
By: Cory Zomick
2015 right-handed pitcher, Mack Rosman, has ended his recruitment and became the fourth member of the Elite Baseball Training Class of 2015 headed to a Big Ten university when he made the call in favor of the Northwestern Wildcats.
"As long as I can remember Northwestern has been the school of talk around my family. When I first started becoming serious with baseball I made myself a goal and it was to play baseball for the Wildcats. I was lucky to have awesome coaches throughout my baseball career who gave me the chance to develop and prove myself on the mound. Being a part of Elite Baseball gave me huge opportunities on a national level, and now going to Northwestern I'm lucky to have more great coaches with Coach Stevens, Coach Stoddard and Coach Mikrut." Rosman stated.
The 2012 Perfect Game BCS National Championship Most Valuable Pitcher was down to Northwestern and Duke University before deciding to stay home and don the purple and black.
Elite Baseball Training Director, Justin Stone said, "Mack emerged on the national scene last year through a few Perfect Game events. Since then, his velocity has spiked to sitting 85-86 up from 81-83 last summer. I see him being a 88-90 guy when he gets to college with plus off-speed stuff."
Rosman is known amongst his teammates for having the "nastiest" slider they have ever seen. Mack sometimes makes even the best hitters look foolish with his hard breaking off speed pitch.
Stone continued, "I'm excited for Mack and Northwestern. They are getting a great one. Mack has the ability to start or close. He has multiple 'swing and miss' pitches plus the intangibles you look for in a pitcher -- work ethic, mound presence, and the want for the ball in big games."
Rosman threw a complete game shutout in the semi-finals of the Perfect Game BCS National Championships while surrendering only 4 hits and fanning 10. It's performances like these that make coaches love the pitchability of the Fremd right hander.
This was an exciting recruitment for the entire Rosman family, as when Mack initially met with Elite Baseball Professional and Collegiate Liaison, Rich Ruffolo, he stated that his dream schools were Northwestern and Duke.
Ruffolo mentioned, "I'm really excited for Mack and the entire Rosman family. Once we started the process with them they were locked into 2 schools, Northwestern and Duke. What a dream come true for Mack, he has been dreaming of pitching for Northwestern since he was a little boy. I'm just glad we had a small part in the process."
The Rosman commitment marks the 7th member of Elite Baseball Training Class of 2015 to make their college call. More impressively is the fact that all 7 of the players have landed at schools that were initially listed on their "Dream School" list.
Mack Rosman had always known that academics would be the driving force behind his final decision and choosing between the #8 ranked Duke University and #12 ranked Northwestern, according to US News & World Report's National University Rankings, was no easy call. In fact, the Rosman's had broken each school down in over 15 categories from the likes of academics and baseball facilities all the way to the male to female student body percentage. Having been extremely thorough in their process the entire Rosman family can feel assured that Mack has made the correct decision.
Chris Rosman, Mack's father and a Northwestern alum, encouraged his son to explore all of his options until he felt the time was right to make the final decision. However, Chris admitted he had his preference as to where his son would be pitching in 2016.
Chris went on to say, "My brother and I both attended Northwestern on wrestling scholarships, so needless to say we bleed Purple in our family. It's just great to continue the legacy. We also have a large extended family in the Chicago area and they are as proud of Mack as we are. I think they are even more excited that with him at Northwestern, they will be able to watch him play a lot more baseball than if he was down south. I was a student when baseball Coach Paul Stevens first arrived at NU 25 years ago and Joe Girardi, the current manager of the New York Yankees was a catcher on the team during that time. Coach Stevens and coach Stoddard have a long record of producing highly successful people on and off the field, and I am very happy Mack gets to be a part of that tradition."