Rocco Daniel Baldelli (pronounced /ˈrɒkoʊ bɔːlˈdɛli/; born September 25, 1981 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is a Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rocco Baldelli attended the PEGASUS Gifted and Talented middle-school program at La Salle Academy in Providence. He played baseball for the Rhode Island Tides, an AAU ball club. Then he switched to Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, for high school. There he posted a 4.25 grade point average. He was also a four sport star, excelling at baseball, a season of indoor track, basketball, and volleyball and was selected in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft. He has said that if he had not signed with Tampa Bay, he would have attended Wake Forest University, rather than Princeton.
He is of pre-dominantly Italian and French ancestry but has a distant Syrian lineage through his paternal grandmother.