This is the fourth in a multi-part series highlighting the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
Matt Carasiti, 2009
Carasiti graduated from Berlin High in 2009. He was a four-year letterman in baseball and was a team captain his senior year. He was a two-time CHSCA/Hartford Courant All-State selection and was instrumental in helping his team win a conference title and finish as the Class L runner-up in the state tournament. As a senior, Carasiti earned Louisville Slugger All-American honors as well as captured Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year and Northeast Coca-Cola Player of the Year accolades. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 38th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, but opted to attend St. John’s University.
At St. John’s, Carasiti was a three-year starter before being drafted again. As a freshman, he made 19 appearances, including seven starts with a 5.94 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 53 innings, and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. During his sophomore year, he made 29 appearances, including one start and went 2-2 with eight saves and a 2.47 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 43.2 innings, holding opponents to a .219 batter average and didn’t allow an earned run in 20 of 28 relief appearances. He also ranked fifth in the Big East in saves. Carasiti helped St. John’s win its record seventh Big East Conference baseball Tournament. After his junior season, in which he compiled a 7-5 record and 3.98 ERA in 83.2 innings over 18 appearances, including 14 starts, Carasiti was selected in the sixth round, 198th overall in the 2012 draft.
After being drafted by the Rockies, Carasiti spent six seasons in the minor leagues and one in Japan. In 2016 while pitching for Double-A Hartford, he recorded 29 saves with a 2.31 ERA. Carasiti was called up by the Rockies on Aug. 12 of that season, making his MLB debut the same day, pitching two innings in relief. On June 27, 2017, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Zac Rosscup. In November 2017, Carasiti had his contract purchased, but was released in December to purse playing in Japan. He signed with the Tokyo Yakul Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League for one year before returning to the Cubs organization. In June of 2019, following his release from the Cubs, Carasiti signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and played on the 45-man roster, appearing in relief before being sent back to their Triple-A team. Carasiti continues to pursue his professional career.
The Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry Street in Plantsville. For ticket information contact Marie Siegal at 860-828-1115, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bhshalloffame.org.