Matt Wessinger bio
Player: Matt Wessinger
Position: Shortstop, second baseman
Jersey Number: 12
School: St. John’s University
Hometown: Liverpool, N.Y.
Height, Weight: 6-0, 180
Best Baseball Memory: Walk-off win at North Carolina.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Being drafted.
Favorite Player: Jacoby Ellsbury.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My father, because he has made me the player I am.
Favorite Food: Steak.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Chicken and pasta.
Off-field hobbies: Video games.
Favorite Movie or Book: “The Hunger Games.”
Matt Wessinger nearly missed the start of the Rookie baseball season.
The St. John’s University Red Storm was playing in the NCAA Super Regional, but lost to Arizona one step away from the College World Series. He didn’t report to Grand Junction until a couple of days before the team left on its first road trip.
A third-team All-American, Wessinger led the Red Storm with 34 stolen bases, the most since 1988 at St. John’s, and hit .348 with 14 doubles, 48 RBI and 62 runs scored as a senior.
The fifth-round draft pick of the Rockies leads St. John’s in career hits (278) and runs (194).
He was drafted by Kansas City in the 37th round of the 2011 draft, but he opted to return to school for his senior year and re-enter the draft.
That extra year boosted his stock as he led the Red Storm to the Big East championship and its first regional title in school history. St. John’s reached the regional finals with 5-4 walk-off win against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., then beat the Tar Heels 9-5 to reach the Super Regional.