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FSU Baseball Signs Seven Including Two More Aflac All-Americans

Nov. 16, 2005

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  • Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State Baseball team announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. All seven signees are from the state of Florida and for the second year in a row two members of the class are AFLAC All-Americans. Last season the Seminoles signed Buster Posey and Kyle Maxie who both enrolled in school this past fall. This season the Seminoles received commitments from Panama City’s Cody Johnson and Orlando’s Max Sapp, rated the No. 2 and No. 19 prospects in 2006 by Baseball America.

    “We are very excited about the possibilities of this class,” said Seminole Head Coach Mike Martin. “We know some of these young men are going to have difficult decisions to make concerning professional baseball but nothing would make me happier than to see everyone of them in a Seminole uniform.”


    “This is certainly a class we feel met our needs,” said associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Jamey Shouppe. “We have a fairly young team so there weren’t a lot of needs that had to be met. This class features seven guys from the state of Florida, which is important to us. We are a state school and it is a priority for us to recruit the state and we have done that previously and will continue to do that.”


    The group of seven signees includes two pitchers, a catcher, one infielder, one outfielder and two players listed at multiple positions. Winter Haven‘s Matt Fariel is a left-handed pitcher who is also listed as a first baseman and outfielder. Jacksonville‘s Devin Gonzalez is listed as an infielder while Johnson can play first or in the outfield. Sapp is a catcher from Bishop Moore High School and is joined by fellow Orlando product Bobby Rauh, an outfielder from Edgewater High School. Brian “Bo” O’Dell is a right-handed pitcher who will transfer to FSU after one year at Seminole Community College. Rounding out the group is left-handed hurler Scott Thorson from Deltona.


    “Signing guys who are AFLAC All-Americans is great if you are able to keep them,” said Shouppe. “It is all premature right now. The recruiting class can really change after the June draft and we have a chance to lose both Johnson and Sapp. Cody Johnson is probably the best high school hitter in the country. Things would really have to happen in our favor for him to come to school. Max Sapp is one of the top three or four high school hitters in the country as well. You get excited about it now but you really get excited in June if you are able to keep those kids.


    “We were saying the exact same thing last year with Buster (Posey) and Kyle (Maxie), especially with Buster and both those players are in school at Florida State now. Buster could have gone in the top three rounds. I think Max and Cody are kids that have a chance to do the same thing in the June draft.”


    Florida State is just over 10 weeks away from opening the 2006 season. The Seminoles will begin play February 3 with a weekend series versus Charleston Southern.


    Matt Fairel

    LHP/1B/OF, L/L

    6’3″, 215

    Winter Haven, FL (Winter Haven HS)

    Was 5-2 as a starter and also recorded one save in 2005…posted a 2.21 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 39 innings of work…hit .396 with three home runs and 31 RBIs for the Blue Devils last spring…team finished as state runner-up for the second year in a row…FSWA 4A All-State third-team…2005 IBC High School Player of the Year…played for Team IBC over the past five years going 16 -1 over his high school career…threw three no-hitters andfour one-hitters…only loss came in his 9th grade year at the WWBA UnderclassmenWorld Series where he pitched a one- hitter and lost 1-0 to Team Ontario…three no-hitters came against SWFB, Bayside Yankees and Kentucky Royals…also hit.450 hitter and played outfield…rated one of Florida’s top recruits by

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “A big, strong left-handed pitcher who also swing the bat left-handed. He has been clocked as hard as 94 MPH and has a good curve (74 MPH).”


    Devin Gonzalez

    INF, L/R

    5’11”, 190

    Jacksonville, FL (Fletcher HS)

    Earned All-Gateway Conference honors as a junior and senior…two-time All-First Coast by the Florida Times Union…named first team All-First Coast as a junior…Team MVP…earned All-State honors as a junior…hit .461 with four homers, 10 doubles and 30 walks…although recruited as a third baseman, played short in high school and committed just two errors in 161 innings…also went 4-0 with one save on the hill…led the city on doubles as a sophomore…participated in the state High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby.

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “Good-looking left-handed hitter with power. Played shortstop in high school but we recruited him as a third baseman.”

    Cody Johnson


    1B/OF, L/R

    6’4″, 200

    Panama City, FL (Mosley HS)

    Rated the No. 2 prospect in the nation by Baseball America for 2006…won Jackie Robinson Award as AFLAC’s 2005 National High School Player of the Year for 2005…this past season he earned 5A First Team All-State honors as he hit .489 with 10 home runs, 30 RBI’s, 36 runs scored and 42 hits…named to the First Team All-District and All-Region teams…won the All-County Triple Crown award…as a sophomore, batted .345 with 29 hits, 16 RBI’s, 11 runs scored and five home runs…went 5-for-5 in the District Championship game as a sophomore as he hit two home runs and three singles to go along with four runs and two RBI’s…in 96 games in the highly competitive East Cobb League this past Summer, Johnson hit .496 with 22 homeruns, 28 doubles, six triples and 115 RBI’s,

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “Tremendous left-handed hitter with a rare combination of hitting power and speed on the bases as he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.6.”


    Bo O’Dell

    RHP, R/R

    6’4″, 200

    Kissimmee, FL (Osceola HS/Seminole CC)

    Drafted in the 23rd round out of high school by the Atlanta Braves…will attend Seminole Community College for one year before coming to FSU…posted a 12-0 record with one save at Osceola High School…struck out 106 in 82 innings and posted a 0.94 ERA…named third team all-state in 2005 by FSWA.

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “Showed excellent control by striking out 106 hitters and issuing just 11 walks during his senior year. He has an excellent curve and change-up with a fastball clocked at 92 MPH.”


    Bobby Rauh

    OF, R/R

    6’0″, 180

    Orlando, FL (Edgewater HS)

    A two-sport star who will letter all four years in football and baseball…offered several football scholarships by Division I schools as a wide receiver…batted .427 with five homers and was a perfect 16 for 16 in steals during summer ball…played with the Team Central Sluggers in the 2005 National Battle of the States.

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “He is an outstanding athlete with tremendous speed. He will be a big base stealing threat in college.”


    Max Sapp

    C, L/R

    6’2″, 215

    Orlando, FL (Bishop Moore HS)

    AFLAC All-American…ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the nation for 2006 by Baseball America…projected to be a top 50 draft pick…awarded the AAU Journey Awards for outstanding achievement in athletics and academics…arguably the most powerful hitter in the class of 2006…named the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Baseball Player of the Year…led his team to the 3A state championship game this past season…in the state semifinal game his monstrous home run in a ballpark with big league dimensions sealed the victory…earned First Team All-State honors as he hit .466 with 41 hits, 35 RBI’s, nine home runs and 38 runs scored…when he was 12, he hit 18 home runs in a week at Cooperstown Dream Park, a record that still stands today…as a 13-year old little leaguer he hit 41 home runs in one season.


    USA BASEBALL: JUNIOR EXPERIENCE: Member of Dixie National Team at this year’s Tournament of Stars…played in all five of team’s games as Dixie finished second in tourney with a 3-2 mark…hit .235…went four for 17 at the plate…one hit was a double…drove in one run while scoring two…fanned four times and drew four walks. YOUTH EXPERIENCE: Played on 2004 USA Baseball Youth National Team, which fashioned a 7-2 mark in claiming the silver medal at the COPABE Pan Am Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico…started six of team’s nine games…hit .333 with nine hits in 27 at bats…slapped three doubles and socked three home runs…knocked in 21 runs…had one strikeout…defensively, he was charged with four passed balls…set YNT single-game RBI record with seven…besides Mexico, he has played baseball in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, FL...three-year baseball letterman for the Hornets…batted .477 this year with 33 RBI…garnered nine home runs and nine doubles…drew 30 walks…his sophomore season, he hit at a .432 clip…registered 33 RBI and 19 walks…batted .391 in 2003…lined nine doubles…finished with 24 runs batted in…3A District 10 and Orange County Player of the Year…all-county second team in 2004…Catholic Challenge All-Tournament Team choice the last two years…named Hornets’ Rookie of the Year in 2003.


    PERSONAL: Son of Jeff and Missy Sapp…admires Pudge Rodriguez of Detroit Tigers for his scrappiness…lists favorite baseball teams as Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox…enjoys playing pool and baseball…aspires to play professional baseball…featured in Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine.


    Scott Thorson

    LHP, L/L

    6’4″, 185

    Deltona, FL (Pine Ridge HS)

    Posted a 5-2 record with one save and a 1.60 ERA in 2005…struck out 42 in 54 innings pitched…currently 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA in the fall season with the Central Florida Renegades…played in the 2005 WWBA World Championships and WWBA 18U/2005 Grads National Championship with the Renegades.

    COACHES’ ASSESMENT: “Tall, loose left-handed pitcher who is very deceptive. His low ¾ arm slot makes him extremely effective against left-handed hitters. Fastball clocked in the upper 80’s and he threw a no-hitter last season.”

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