Anthony Seise bio
Player: Anthony Seise
Jersey Number: 26
School: West Orange High School, Fla.
Hometown: Winter Garden, Fla.
Height, Weight: 6-3, 191
Best Baseball Memory: Hitting a grand slam in Little League.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Getting drafted.
Favorite Player Growing Up: C.C. Sabathia, because he never gives up and always tries 100 percent
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My dad. He taught me everything I know.
Favorite Food: Rice and beans.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Subway.
Off-field hobbies: Help my little brother.
Favorite Movie: “Never Back Down.”
Tony Seise (pronounced “cease”) is here to learn and get better.
And, hopefully long before that, get used to this thin Colorado air.
“It was kind of hard to breathe when I got here,” said the left-handed pitcher out of Winter Garden, Fla. “I already had one (bloody nose), and I kind of freaked out.”
Ah yes, the whole low-humidity thing comes into play for the players from the heavy-air states such as Florida.
“I’ll get used to it in a week or two,” he said.
Seise is used to making adjustments, whether it’s the weather or his pitches.
Coming out of high school, he throws four pitches already — fastball, change-up, curveball and a split-finger fastball.
And he’s working on a slider.
“I’m trying to develop it more,” he said. “I’m working on that one.”
His velocity is high 80s, low 90s, and he relies on his splitter when he needs an out.
“I’ve got to command it more,” he said. “When I first started throwing it, it was kind of all over the place, but I made some adjustments and try to get it in for a strike. I’ve made a lot of adjustments.”
More comfortable as a starter, because that’s what he did in high school, Seise is more than willing to work out of the bullpen if that becomes his role.
His dad was a ballplayer, and both of his brothers play, so it was natural that Seise grabbed a glove when he was 5 years old. He’s always wanted to be a pro ballplayer, but a couple of years ago he got serious.
“Probably my sophomore year,” he said. “I was playing on the Orlando Scorpions, a really high-ranked summer team, and I started getting pro looks with them. After that, I got a little more serious.”
Like first baseman Correlle Prime, Seise had signed to play at the State College of Florida in Bradenton when he was drafted in the 20th round by the Rockies. Instead of playing for the Manatees, who have a history of playing in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series at Suplizio Field, Seise opted to sign and move to Grand Junction with the Rockies.
“It’s always been my dream to play professional baseball, so I decided to take advantage of it,” he said.
Kids in Florida can play baseball year-round, so the prospect of having only five days off this season is just fine with Seise.
“Honestly, if I could play baseball every day, I would,” he said. “It’s my life. I love it, and I do what I love.”