Aurora Central Catholic junior second baseman Hunter Fiorito of Batavia participated in Prep Baseball Report’s Preseason All-State exhibition Sunday at McCook Athletic and Exposition Center. Fiorito, who also plays football, transferred to ACC from Aurora Christian as a sophomore and also plays travel baseball through Team Acceleration in Naperville. In this week’s Weekend Chit-chat with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab, Fiorito touches base on Sunday’s event, the rapidly approaching high school season and more. The following is an edited transcript:
How did that invite come about?
I’ve gone to a couple of them before that weren’t invite only, they were like sign-ups that we did. … I went to one and I did OK, and then I went to a second one over the summer and I got ranked fifth out of like 45 middle infielders, and that kind of put my name out there, and then they sent me an invite for the [event on Sunday].
How did it go?
I did pretty good. I definitely got a lot of my numbers up, so it went well.
Any categories in particular that were you pleased with?
I was getting my arm speed [up] and my running, too. Those are the main two things I need to get up, and I did.
How long have you been locked in on second base?
Not that long. When I was younger, I always played third, but when I reached high school and the bases kind of spread out I really didn’t grow, so my arms strength wasn’t there for third base for those long throws. So I kind of moved over to second my freshman year, and I kind of stuck since then.
What’s your baseball regimen like during the winter?
With my travel team, we started back probably late October, Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9 every day, and then we started to slow down. Now, we’re starting to get into high school, that’ll be like four days a week, too … and then I actually have speed training on Saturday with my travel team, so my only free days are Friday and Sunday.
How much are you looking forward to high school season?
I’m very excited. Honestly, last year our high school team really did good, so I’m really excited to see where we go this year.
What’s your best guess on where you’ll fit in the lineup?
Last year as a sophomore, I batted second, so I’m guessing 1, 2 or 3.
Do you have a preference among those spots?
… Second, you usually see what a pitcher has in the game situation, get to see an at bat. … Third is more of a power hitter. I do have power but I’m more of a contact, get-on-base guy.
Has it been hard with the way the weather has been this winter to adopt a baseball mindset?
No. Really, winter is kind of dragging, so on that part, yeah, but everything else, no, not that bad.
What brought you from Aurora Christian to ACC?
Mainly the sports. I mean football is huge over there at [Aurora Christian], obviously, but baseball is my main sport, and I knew ACC had a good chance at getting to state, so I transferred over there.