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Baseball Announces 2002 Early Signing Class

Dec. 5, 2002


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminole baseball program announced the signing of 12 prospects for the 2002 early signing period. The class consists of 12 players, including two who were members of the 2002 Bronze Medal USA Junior National Team. A total of 10 of the 12 players hail from the state of Florida while just one early signee comes to FSU via the junior college ranks. Florida State’s incoming class, which included third round picks Mark Sauls and Eddy Martinez-Esteve, was recently ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The classes are ranked each fall when players decide either to enter school or sign professionally after the draft.


“This is another very good early signing class,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity of watching each of these young men develop. Obviously in Chris Lubanski and Jarrod Saltalamacchia you have two of the top high school players in the country and we’d be extremely fortunate to get them. However, this is a solid group from top to bottom and I believe each of these guys will be able to step in and help us. Jamey Shouppe and Mike Martin, Jr. (assistant coaches) deserve the credit for bringing in this impressive group.”


Chris Lubanski and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both won bronze medals as members of the 2002 USA Junior National Team. Lubanski (OF, 6-4, 195) hit .415 with eight home runs for the Junior Olympic Team while Saltalamacchia (C, 6-4, 195) hit .427 with four homers. The complete 12-man early signing class as well as bio/stat information is listed below.


The Seminoles open the 2003 regular season on Friday, January 31st against Virginia Military Institute.




2002 FSU BASEBALL EARLY SIGNING CLASS

 Player		Pos.		Ht,Wt.		Bats-Throws	         Hometown (High School)
Dennis Anderson INF 6-0, 165 R-R Jacksonville, FL (Bishop Kenny)
*Can play any infield position; 4A state championship team in 2001; .470, 2 HR in 2002



Brian Chambers RHP 6-3, 205 R-R Tampa, FL (Jefferson)
*Fastball clocked at 93 mph; Jefferson HS MVP; 7-3, 1.26 ERA with 3 shutouts in 2002



Danny Diaz C 6-3, 220 R-R Miami, FL (Southridge)
*Threw out 70% as a junior; worked with former FSU All-American Pete Grifol; .343, 3 HR in 2002



Chris Lubanski OF 6-4, 195 L-L Schwenksville, PA (Kennedy-Kendrick)
*Baseball America Top 10 prospect, TPX Louisville Slugger All-American; .592, 9 HR in 2002



Ryne Malone INF 5-11, 175 L-R Gainesville, FL (P.K. Younge)
*2A Player of the Year in 2002 and Florida's Mr. Baseball runner-up; .586, 15 HR in 2002



Frank Radziwon LHP 6-2, 170 L-L West Palm Beach, FL (Palm Beach CC)
*Only junior college player in class; reminds coaches of Randy Choate; 3-1, 3.55 in 2002



Shane Robinson OF 5-9, 160 R-R Tampa, FL (Jesuit)
*1st team all-state in 2002; gifted athlete who plays DB and WR; .431, 2 HR, 18 SB in 2002



Louis Rojas 1B 6-3, 224 L-R Miami, FL (Bolen)
*Dade Co. player of the year as a sophomore; big & strong left-handed hitting 1B; .424, 5 HR in 2002



Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 6-4, 195 S-R Palm Beach, FL (Royal Palm Beach)
*Starting catcher for USA Junior Olympic team; #1 HS catcher by Baseball America; .412, 5 HR in 2002



Brian Schultz LHP 6-0, 170 L-L Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson)
*Great athlete who hit .409 with 4 HR; fastball clocked at 88 mph; 7-3, 1.42 ERA, 6 CG in 2002



DiCarlo Thompson RHP 5-11, 165 R-R Tallahassee, FL (Leon)
*Fastball clocked at 92 mph; Leon HS MVP in 2002; also hit .305 with 17 SB; 6-3, 1.99 ERA in 2002



Adam Unger INF 5-8, 150 S-R Great Neck, NY (Great Neck South)
*Impressive hitter from both sides; worked with Major Leaguers Roberto Alomar and Frank Catalanatto; .406, .580 OB% in 2002

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