New Jersey Blasters Roster


Rob Calabrese

Position: C
Date of Birth: 10/03/1995
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R
Resides: Brooklyn, NY


Entering 1st season with Blasters…10th round draft pick by San Francisco Giants in 2017 from University of Illinois at Chicago…2019 Hit .257 with 10 HR, 26 RBI, 5 SB, 30 runs, 13 doubles over 65 games with Evansville Otters (Frontier League)…2018 Hit .193 with 5 HR, 21 RBI, 24 runs over 67 games with Single-A Augusta (San Francisco)…2017 Hit .277 with 1 HR, 7 RBI, 19 runs and 5 doubles over 32 games with Low-A Salem-Keizer (San Francisco)…PRIOR Senior year honors at Illinois-Chicago (2017): Collegiate Baseball All-America Second Team, ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team, Perfect Game/Rawlings All-America Third Team, ABCA All-Mideast Region First Team, Horizon League Player of the Year…Led UIC in batting (.353), slugging (.583), hits (72), doubles (23), RBI (53) and total bases (119)…Hit career-high eight homers…Named to NCAA Championship All-Region Team (Hattiesburg) with 5 RBI over two games…Led Horizon League and ranked 14th in NCAA in doubles (23)…Held at one point a 42-game on-base streak…Started all 56 games, including 52 as catcher for pitching staff with second-best ERA in the country (2.65)…Named to Horizon League All-Freshman Team (2015)…Attended Poly Prep County Day High School (Brooklyn, NY)…Won state championship as both a freshman and sophomore…Team ranked #19 in the country as a sophomore, ranked #12 as a senior…Nephew of former MLB infielder Frank Menechino