*Rocco Daniel Baldelli’ was born on September 25, 1981 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He plays center field for the Tampa Bay Rays. High SchoolRocco graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He was a three sport star, excelling at baseball, basketball, and volleyball.CollegeNone.Minor LeaguesRocco was selected in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft. He spent two years in the minor leagues.*Major Leagues’Rocco made his Major League debut on March 31, 2003.
In 2004, Rocco batted .280 with 16 home runs, 74 runs batted in, 79 runs scored and 17 stolen bases.
Rocco missed all of the 2005 season, first with a torn ACL (which happened in the off-season), and then having Tommy John surgery on an injured elbow.
In 2006, Rocco batted .302 with 16 home runs, 57 runs batted in, 57 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in only 364 at bats.
He missed most of the 2007 season, and then most of the 2008 season, with muscular tiredness that doctors have been unable to diagnose.
He is currently on the Rays roster, but in April they declined to pick up his option for 2009, so he will be a free agent after the 2008 season.