Following in the footsteps of fellow Italian players Stefano Berini, Matteo Pizzolini, and Maurizio Andretta, Oscar Tucci has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the Clarendon College Bulldogs in Clarendon, Texas as a result of participating in the 2018 International Stars Showcase in Arizona. He is the second Italian player to have secured a baseball scholarship this month as International Stars teammate Daniel Monti also accepted a similar offer from Odessa College in Texas.
Having received extensive training for three years while enrolled at the FIBS Academy, Oscar Tucci went on to represent Team Italy in the 2017 WBSC U18 World Championship in Thunder Bay, Canada and in the 2018 U18 European Baseball Championship in Grosseto. The promising pitcher 18-year-old left-handed pitcher grew up to love the game while playing for Chieti Baseball as a youth. For the past two years, the Abruzzo-native has been pitching for the Macerata Angels in Italy's Serie A2 League. During the 2018 season, he threw 62.1 innings with 54 strikeouts in 13 starts (5-3, 2.17 ERA).
Most recently at the International Stars Showcase in Arizona, Oscar Tucci impressed Clarendon College head coach Devin McIntosh, who has a keen eye for spotting talent early. Having coached over 100 players who have been drafted or signed free agent contracts with Major League Baseball (including six first-round draft picks and ten major leaguers), Clarendon's Devin McIntosh believes Oscar Tucci can help the Bulldogs secure a Western Junior College Athletic Conference Championship title when the young Italian pitcher joins the team in August. Forza #Italia! #LetsMakeItHappen
by Roberto Angotti