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
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 Melbourne, FL.