Gilford’s Siravo showing off five-tool potential

  • Gilford sophomore Adrian Siravo delivers a pitch against Belmont during a Division III contest earlier this month at Bryant Field. Siravo has twirled two no-hitters in his first three outings this year. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Gilford ace Adrian Siravo delivers a pitch against Belmont during a Division III contest earlier this month at Bryant Field. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Gilford sophomore Adrian Siravo stands in the box and waits for a pitch during a Division III game against Belmont on April 18, 2018, at Bryant Field. JAY MCAREE / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/27/2018 12:48:02 AM

The term “five-tool player” gets thrown around a lot. It’s a distinction any athlete who steps on the baseball diamond strives for, but it’s one only a few can truly live up to.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and around 195 pounds, Gilford High School’s Adrian Siravo runs like a deer with a rocket for an arm. He hits for power, average, can field multiple positions and has already thrown two no-hitters in his first three starts of the spring for the Golden Eagles.

In other words, at 15 years old, Siravo is beginning to convince everyone around him that he is the real deal when it comes to five-tool players.

“He’s one of those guys where you watch him play one day and you think he could be a college-or-higher outfielder and a great hitter, and then he comes out and throws a no-hitter as a 15-year-old and you think maybe he could pitch in college,” Gilford baseball coach Eric Duquette said. “He’s still young and he’s still developing with a lot to learn about the game, but for a high school kid as a sophomore, he’s really as close to a five-tool guy as you’re going to see.”

Duquette might know Siravo as a player better than anyone.

While he’s only in his first year with the Gilford program, Duquette has coached Siravo since he was 10 through the Concord Cannons – and even then Duquette saw the potential.

“I knew he was going to be a very good player when he was 11. He was playing on our U12 team and he had a stretch where he went 18-for-20 against really good competition playing up a year,” Duquette said. “In all 20 at-bats, he hit the ball hard and I’m like, ‘Wow, this kid, he’s the real deal.”

The tales of Siravo’s tremendous talent go back even further than that.

Adrian, along with his two siblings, Miah and Gavin, were adopted by Steve and Tracey Siravo on March 19, 2012. Adrian had never played baseball before moving to Gilmanton, but almost immediately showed a knack for the game.

“We’re throwing back and forth and I’m telling you, when he was 8 he was throwing as hard as a 10-year-old,” Steve Siravo said. “So I went to go sign him up for baseball in Gilford to do the tryouts and I went over to my friend Pat (Bolduc) and told him, ‘I have my kid and you should probably try to assess him. He’s never played baseball before but he’s a pretty good athlete.’ ”

Bolduc told him that every kid is required to play a year in coach pitch before advancing to the next level. Steve disagreed, but had no other choice.

“What an absolute massacre that was in coach pitch,” Steve said while holding back laughter. “You have kids that can’t get it past the mound and Adrian is roping hits out to deep center field.”

That theme continued as he got older and his body began to mature. Siravo almost always played up an age level with the Cannons over the years, including a stint on a talent-laden U15 prospects team this past summer.

“He was a 14-year-old on a good U15 team and he was our No. 3 hitter, led the team in hitting, extra bases and stolen bases all playing up a year,” Duquette said. “We hit six or seven home runs as a team, and he had three of them. It’s really impressive. We played at a lot of really nice college fields, we’re all over the place and he’s hitting the ball out of the park at 14.”

Siravo said it’s not the easiest thing to play older competition, but he’s grown used to it by now.

“It can be a little intimidating. You have kids that are bigger than me throwing fast and just last year I had a good year hitting and felt like I belonged up there,” Siravo said. “It’s not overwhelming at all.”

Siravo has also used his time with the Cannons to sharpen his skills on the mound. He’s always been a strong hitter and outfielder, but now has the tools needed to blow away the competition at the high school level.

“I’ve been working all summer on the mound,” Siravo said. “I struggled during Cannons but in the winter I was working and working and obviously my velocity has increased and now I’m overpowering kids which is good.”

Overpowering may even be an understatement.

In Gilford’s season opener on April 11, Siravo twirled a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts. In his next outing against Belmont on April 18, he fired 6⅓ scoreless innings allowing three hits. Most recently, Siravo shut down Somersworth on Tuesday for his second no-hitter, picking up 11 more strikeouts along the way.

In total, Siravo has 33 strikeouts with eight walks and has allowed just three hits in 20⅓ innings.

“He’s a great kid, always has a smile on his face and he loves being on a baseball field,” Duquette said. “There’s nothing bad anybody could say about the kid. The real question is if he realized how good he can actually be. He has such a good time playing and I think if he continues on this path, he’s one of those guys that could play for a long time.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)


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