Joe Roscetti leads the Hannibal Hoots with 47 hits this summer and has been a fixture as an infielder in the starting lineup.

Joe Roscetti went more than a year without playing against live competition on the baseball diamond.

That hasn't held him back this summer.

The Hannibal Hoots infielder leads the team with 47 hits and has been a fixture in the heart of the batting order.

It's hard to tell Roscetti is the same player who tore his ACL and meniscus and suffered a microfracture in his femur during a collision in a game as a high school senior.

The standout redshirted at Quincy University this past school year and maintains four years of eligibility for the Hawks.

Roscetti has used this summer to gain valuable experience. He has played in 50 of 56 games, and only seven players in the Prospect League have more at-bats to their name.

Roscetti is batting .255 with eight doubles and 21 RBIs.

“This is a long season and tires you out, but it's cool to see the different levels of players in this league and compete against them,” Roscetti said. “It's a grind but will definitely help me in the long run.

“Just seeing the reps, getting at-bats against good pitchers — all of this will help me moving forward in my career.”

Roscetti, a natural middle infielder, has primarily played third base this summer to fit the Hoots' needs.

He also was flexible with his spot in the lineup. 

“We've almost done Joe a disservice this summer,” manager Clayton Hicks admitted. “He's hit 3-4-5 for us, but his numbers would be a lot better if he were in the 7-8-9 range where he probably belongs during his first year against college pitching.

“But he's stepped up and done a great job.”

Although the Hoots have been eliminated from the playoff race, Roscetti hasn't let up.

Roscetti delivered a walk-off single to lead Hannibal over first-place Terre Haute on Saturday. He followed that with a four-RBI game at Quincy during a 13-2 win on Sunday night.

His work ethic has impressed coaches and teammates alike, including his summer housemate, Wyatt Whitman. 

“When we first got here, Joe was quiet and coming out of his shell a little bit,” said Whitman, an outfielder. “I've been so happy for him to see him have a successful summer. He's a good hitter, especially for being young, and he's got his whole college career ahead of him.”

Hannibal pitcher Dylan Chisholm noted Roscetti reminds him of St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter.

“Joe goes about his business and is a really hard worker,” Chisholm said of Roscetti. “He plays a solid third base. He reminds me a lot of a Matt Carpenter — he makes all the plays he should and hits well from the left side.”

As it turns out, playing ball runs in the Roscetti family.

Joe's older brother, Nick, plays for the Carolina Mudcats, a Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Their sister is a former standout in softball at QU.

“Definitely a family thing,” Joe said. “It was always something to look forward to. Watching them compete and play always pushed me to be better.” 

So have his teammates this summer.

Joe mentioned his fellow Hoots made him comfortable from the getgo this summer in America's Hometown. 

“I was a little intimidated coming in, but the guys made it really easy and really fun,” he said. 

Hicks described Roscetti as a guy you want on your team.

“For him to come out and do what he's done this summer is really something special,” the manager said.