TUCSON, Ariz. – With the fall baseball season in full swing, Florida State has made early headlines as its 2012-13 baseball recruiting class has earned its first national ranking of the season. The Seminoles’ recruiting class is ranked No. 19 according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.
The rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed with a school and then signed a pro contract after being selected in the MLB Draft do not count in the overall evaluation.
The Seminoles welcome 15 newcomers to this year’s recruiting class including nine freshmen and six JUCO transfers. The class is made up of five pitchers (including two left handers), four infielders, four outfielders, one catcher and one utility player (listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).
“Obviously, we lost a lot of our recruits to the professional baseball draft this past summer as well as some key juniors (Jayce Boyd, Devon Travis and Robert Benincasa) who played a significant role in helping us get to the College World Series last year,” said head coach Mike Martin. “Despite these losses, we feel we have a class that will continue to keep Florida State baseball moving forward.”
Four student-athletes in this year’s class were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft – three in 2012 and one in 2010. Those four individuals include two-sport standout Jameis Winston (15th round, Texas), DJ Stewart (28th round, NY Yankees), John Sansone (39th round, Detroit) and Hayden Jordan (49th round in 2010, Baltimore).
“We brought in a large group of junior college players that I am very pleased with and I am excited to see how they will contribute to the team this year,” added Martin. “The 2012 class is a good mixture of position players and arms that will help fill our needs out in the field and on the mound. Although, we have the core of our starting rotation back from last year, we want to sure up our bullpen with solid middle relief and a closer. This year's class has the arms to help us in those areas. We also feel that this group will help us fill the void in the batting order which lost the top five hitters in the line-up a year ago.”
The fall Garnet and Gold game will be held Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. The veteran pitchers will throw on Thursday with the newcomers pitching on Friday. The Seminoles will also host the Ontario Blue Jays on Monday, October 22 at 3 p.m. in the final scrimmage of the fall season.