Christopher Iannetta

Birth date 8 Apr 1983 (33 years)
Nationality United States United States
Position Catcher
Team history
Colorado Rockies 2006 - present

Christopher Domenic Iannetta is a professional baseball player from the United States of America, who plays as a catcher. Iannetta went to the St. Ann School before moving to the St. Raphael Academy. Earning All-State honours thrice, Iannetta was also awarded the C. Dona Maynard award for academic and sporting excellence in school. Iannetta’s jersey was retired by the St. Raphael Academy at the end of his career.

Iannetta went to University of North Carolina where he played as a catcher and at first base.

In his sophomore year, he was astonishing with the bat in hand, hitting at .319 to finish fourth highest on his team while his 55 RBI got him third place. His achievements ensured that Iannetta was named to the NCAA Starkville Regional All-Tournament Team.

At the New England Collegiate Baseball League, Iannetta won the Defensive Player of the Year award while playing for the Newport Gulls. That also got him into the NECBL All-Star Game.

At the 2004 MLB Draft, Iannetta was picked in the 4th round by the Colorado Rockies. After a season in the Low A-League, he played for the A-League Modesto Nuts and then for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. In the same year, he was also promoted to the AAA-League to play for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. His growth was spectacular and by August, he was playing in the Majors.

In 2007, Iannetta was picked to be the starting catcher however he struggled behind the plate and went back to being the back up to Yorvit Torrealba. The following season, he started as backup again but whenever he got the chance to play, he grabbed it with both hands, putting in stellar performances. With Torrealba on the disabled list, he became the first choice catcher.

At the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Iannetta was named as the starting catcher for Team USA.

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