Aug. 28, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 14 newest members of the Florida State
baseball team attended the first day of classes today, including several
drafted players who passed on Major League offers to become Seminoles.
“I’m very pleased with the group we have coming aboard,” said
head coach Mike Martin. “Jamey Shouppe (recruiting coordinator/pitching
coach) has done another excellent job. They are a talented group and we
are very excited to get them on the field.”
One of the new FSU freshmen is Tony Richie, regarded as one of
the top prep catchers in the country last season. Richie, who attended
Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, FL, played with the USA Junior
National Team over the summer. He was a fifth round draft pick (142nd
overall) of the Chicago White Sox.
Right-handed pitcher Marc LaMacchia (Palm Harbor, FL) was an
18th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals and is one of four new
Seminole pitchers. Justin Lord (RHP, Chipola JC), Trent Peterson (LHP,
Florida HS) and Brent Pearson (RHP, North Florida CC) are set to join
LaMacchia on the FSU staff.
Two signees played at nearby Tallahassee Community College –
Nick Rogers (OF) and Scott Toole (middle IF). Rogers was the 2000
Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and left TCC as the school’s
all-time home run leader. Toole played high school baseball at The
Bolles School in Jacksonville and will be one of several players
battling for the starting job at second base vacated by former FSU
All-American and current Oakland Athletic Marshall McDougall.
Aaron Cheesman (C, Sarasota HS), Chris Cole (Utility/C,
Brooksville HS), Tony McQuade (OF, Gainesville Buchholz HS), Jeff Probst
(middle IF, Clearwater Central Catholic HS), Richie Smith (OF, Chipola
JC), Bryan Zech (middle IF, Wellington HS) and Jesse Irby (OF,
Gainesville Oak Hall HS) round out the 2000 signing class.
As expected, three-year starters Brett Groves (SS) and Karl
Jernigan (CF) returned for their senior seasons. Groves was a 22nd
round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins and Jernigan was a 41st round
draft pick of the Oakland Athletics this summer.
The Seminoles open the 2001 season at home on February 3rd
against Western Kentucky. Since Florida State finished as the top
ranked team in the state last season, they will have an opportunity to
play the Florida Marlins in an exhibition game on March 1st in