November 25, 1998
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin and recruiting coordinator Jamey Shouppe announced their 1998 signing class for the early signing period which ran from Nov. 11 to Nov. 18. The Seminoles class has total of seven players, including four of whom were invited to participate during the summer at the Team One National Showcase, which features the Top 100 players in the country.
Florida State had just seven players make official visits to campus this fall and signed all seven to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
Bobby Bradley (6-2, 170 lb.) is a right-handed pitcher from West Palm Beach, Fla., who is projected to be a first-round draft choice. Bradley recorded a 9-0 record, 0.41 ERA, three save and 122 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched as a junior at Wellington High school. He was a participant at the Team One National Showcase and was voted as one of the Top 10 prospects at the showcas by Baseball America. Bradley was also selected to the 1998 USA Junior Olympic Team. He throwns in the low 90s and has a power curveball that has been clocked about 80 mph.
Daniel Hodges (6-0, 170 lb.) is a crafty left-handed pitcher with outstanding control from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Hodges was voted all-conference and all-county in 1997 and 1998 and posted a 8-3 record and 1.96 ERA last season. He has an outstanding curve ball and has 23 career wins in four years of varsity baseball. His senior season will be his fifth as a varsity team member.
Neil Jenkins (6-5, 205 lb.) is an infielder/outfielder that is one of the top young hitters in the country. Jenkins attended W.T Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and was also a participant in the Team One National Showcase. He is rated as the 18th top prospect by Baseball America and is projected to be drafted in the 1999 amateur draft. Jenkins batted .430 with eight home runs and 14 stolen bases as a junior.
Brian Kraft (6-1, 180 lb.) is a shortstop from Oak Hall High School in Gainesville, Fla., and was a participant in the Team One National Showcase. He earned first-team all-state honors in 1997 and 1998 on a team coached by Kevin Maris, the son of Roger Maris. Kraft batted .543 with eight home runs and 23 stolen bases as a junior and .605 as a sophomore.
Matt Lynch (6-1, 190 lb.) is a left-handed pitcher from John Carroll High School in Ft. Pierce, Fla. He was garnered All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball and was a partipant in the Team One National Showcase. He posted a 9-1 record and 0.44 ERA with 131 strikeouts in 63 innings as a junior last year. Lynch also passed for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns as his high schools quarterback. He is a power pitcher who has been clocked in the upper 80-90 mph and is expected to be a high draft pick.
Justin McClain (6-2, 205 lb.) is a third baseman/outfielder from Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Ga. He was voted MVP of the East Cobb League during the past two summers, and was a member of the 1996 AAU National Champions and 1997 CABA World Series Champions. McClain batted .512 with nine home runs and 17 stolen bases with just five strikeouts in 121 at bats. He also has impressive pitching stats (1.09 ERA, 91 K), but will be used as a position player in college. McClain is also a high school basketball player.
Robby Read, a right-handed pitcher from Leon H.S., in Tallahassee, rounds out the Seminoles 1998 recruiting class. Read (6-1, 170 lb.) was a member of the 1998 Class 5A State Champions at Leon after posting a 7-1 record and 1.69 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched. He pitched in the East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase and did not allow an earned run while striking out nine. Read has been clocked in the upper 80s and has a lot of movement on his fastball.