Coaches call him the catcher of the future... Battling two experienced guys in senior Ryan Baldwin and transfer Josh Heinrich... Really has the talent to be a good receiver... Makes improvement every day... Strong work ethic and very smart... Best arm strength among the catchers... An offensive-oriented catcher... Has a lot of bat speed... Will be a power guy in the end... Could be redshirted, but the coaches would like to get him some time.
during fall drills
Made three appearances with one start at catcher for the Purple Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Did not post a batting average, but did score a run... Was perfect behind the plate with nine putouts and zero errors.
at cherry creek high school
A four-year starter and letterman at Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo ... Hails from the same high school as fellow signee Josh Heinrich and Wildcat outfielder Brad Anzman... Helped the Bruins to a 21-5 record and a runner-up finish to Grand Junction Central in the Class 5A state championship in 2002... Tallied two of the team's three hits in the title game... Named honorable mention All-Class 5A as a senior... One of 50 seniors in the state to be selected to the Colorado Rockies High School All-Star Game played at Coors Field... Twice garnered first team All-Centennial League honors... Posted a .417 batting average as a senior with 24 RBIs, 23 runs scored and four stolen bases... Among his 38 hits were eight doubles, three triples and four home runs... Turned in 11 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBI contests... Helped the team to an 18-7 record and a runner-up finish to Smoky Hill in the Class 5A state championship in 2001... Hit a season-best 18 home runs as a junior... Named most valuable player of the Connie Mack League Tournament, while he was runner-up most valuable player as a sophomore... Lettered two years in football and wrestling... Coached by Marc Johnson, who was named Baseball America's National High School Coach for the 1990s.
(Full name: Nicholas Paul DiPaolo) was born Feb. 24, 1984, in Denver, Colo. ... He is the son of Dennis and Gayle DiPaolo... Has an older sister, Gina (21)... Grandfather was a catcher in the Chicago Cubs organization... Is planning a major in business administration.