Pitt earned a commitment from catcher Andrew Tess on Monday, adding to their steadily, growing class of 2024.
I am truly honored and blessed to announce my commitment to the University of Pittsburgh to further my academic and baseball career! Thank you to my family, friends, and many coaches for supporting me along the way. And to my parents for making my dreams possible! #H2P @Pitt_BASE pic.twitter.com/YXv09jrvtm
— Andrew Tess (@drewtess13) October 25, 2022
Tess plays baseball for Calvary Christian High School in Clearwater, Fla, which is in the Tampa Bay metro area. He last played travel ball for Top Tier Roos American 2024, a team that already has five other players committed to ACC schools.
Prior to his commitment, Tess looked at other schools in the south, like Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. An official visit to Pitt last weekend looks to be a big part of the reason he chose to play his baseball future up north.
— Andrew Tess (@drewtess13) October 22, 2022
Tess stands 6-foot, around 185 pounds and just recently turned 16 years old. As a catcher, his throwing velocity measures at 76 mph and his pop, the time a catcher takes to throw from home plate to second base, is around 1.97 seconds, both impressive figures for the high school junior.
Top Tier American 2024 ended the season strong as semi finalists in the PG World Series. 30-6 record overall for the summer. Thank you @andyfleischack1 and @CenalTodd! Defensive highlights from last week. #2024catcher @_GoRoos @Calvary_BB @Florida_PG @PG_Scouting @PG_Uncommitted pic.twitter.com/oM13NTGYE5
— Andrew Tess (@drewtess13) August 3, 2022
In the batter’s box, Tess also shows himself to be a solid hitter. His swing is short and quick, which allows for hard hits for extra bases or powerful home runs.
Top Tier American 5-0 heading in to round 2 of playoffs tomorrow at WWBA. HR 💣 3 of the summer in today’s win. @_GoRoos @TopTierBaseball @andyfleischack1 @CenalTodd @Calvary_BB @PG_Scouting @PG_Uncommitted @PBRFlorida pic.twitter.com/anonjuvD1o
— Andrew Tess (@drewtess13) July 21, 2022
He also shows great speed on the base paths for a catcher, running 6.68 seconds in the 60-yard dash. This allows him to sometimes play in the infield at shortstop, but also to speed around bases after a hit, turning a single into a double or a double into a triple.
Another great run for Top Tier Roos American 2024 at #BCS last week. Went 8-16 through 7 games with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 RBIs. Ready for WWBA in Atlanta next week. @_GoRoos @TopTierBaseball @andyfleischack1 @CenalTodd @Calvary_BB @Florida_PG @PG_Scouting @PG_Uncommitted pic.twitter.com/EdXl49PuzE
— Andrew Tess (@drewtess13) July 11, 2022