Baseball America’s Top 25 Recruiting Class Breakdown (Subscription)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State baseball’s 2014-15 recruiting class earned its second national ranking of the preseason checking in at No. 10 as announced by Baseball America.
Baseball America’s recruiting class rankings are based on many conversations with college coaches and pro scouts across the country during the fall, as well as countless more calls during our Draft Preview preparation this spring. The rankings do not consider transfers from four-year schools.
The Seminoles welcome 17 newcomers to this year’s recruiting class including 11 freshmen, five JUCO transfers and one transfer from a four-year institution. The class is made up of seven pitchers (including two left handers), six infielders, one outfielder, one catcher and two utility players (listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).
“With the departures we suffered last year due to graduation and the draft, we see this class being able to step in and contribute right away because of the versatility and athleticism that each player possesses,” Florida State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Martin, Jr. said. “The ability of the pitchers to pitch in different roles will also be a key to our success and we feel that the crop of arms that we brought in will be able to do just that.”
Cobi Johnson, a right handed pitcher who attended JW Mitchell High School, was selected in the 35th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Chris Marconcini transferred to Florida State with one year of eligibility remaining after earning his bachelor’s degree from Duke University this past spring.
The five Junior College transfers in this year’s class include Boomer Biegalski (RHP, Central Florida State College); Alex Deise (LHP, St. Petersburg College); Hayden Kelly (1B, Polk State College); Quincy Nieporte (1B/C Tallahassee Community College); and Derek Vail (Santa Fe College).
The remaining members of the 2014-15 recruiting class include Dylan Busby (SS, Sarasota HS); Drew Carlton (RHP, George Jenkins HS); Timmy Delph (OF, Bartow HS); Taylor Folsom (LHP, Tiftarea Academy); Andrew Karp (RHP, West Orange HS); Bret Maxwell (C, Northeast HS); Darren Miller (INF/C, Key West HS); Jackson Owens (INF, Lake Dallas HS); Taylor Walls (SS, Crisp County HS); and Steven Wells (OF/RHP, Key West HS).
“We knew we were going to lose a lot from last year’s team and that was the key to this year’s class – to get guys in here that can contribute in a variety of ways,” added Martin, Jr. “You always want to have a good balance of old and new players when it comes to having both JUCO and freshmen on the team. Having a handful of JUCO guys that have been through the rigors is very important especially having a guy like Marconcini, who played a lot in three seasons at Duke. We hope that with their experiences mixed with our returners that it will help bridge the learning gap for our incoming freshmen.”
Florida State garnered its first top 25 recruiting ranking earlier this fall from Collegiate Baseball as the Seminole class was ranked No. 20.
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2014-15 Baseball America Recruiting Class Rankings