October 17, 2008 - by
Seminole Baseball Recruiting Class Earns Second Top 25 Ranking

Oct. 17, 2008

DURHAM, N.C. – The 2008-09 Florida State baseball recruiting class once again made headlines during the fall season with its second top 25 ranking. This year’s class, which feature 13 newcomers, was ranked 24th nationally as announced by Baseball America.

The 2008-09 class features 10 freshmen and three transfer students. Among the transfers are infielder Rafael Lopez (Indian River Community College), Robby Stahl (Tallahassee Community College) and Mike Meschke (North Florida Community College).

Of the 13 incoming freshmen, five were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on June 8 but opted to postpone their major league career and begin college life as Seminoles this fall. Kyle Long (St. Anne’s-Belfield School; Ivy, Va.) and Sean Gilmartin (Crespi Carmelite HS; Moorpark, Calif.) were the highest freshmen draftees selected in the 23rd round (Chicago White Sox) and 31st round (San Diego Padres), respectively. Right handed pitcher Austin Wood was picked by the Houston Astros in the 36th round, while southpaw Kris Castellanos was also drafted by the Astros in round number 38. Right hander Hunter Scantling rounded out this year’s draft selections as he was picked in the 49th round by the Chicago Cubs.

The 2008 class consists of seven pitchers including four left handers, four infielders and two outfielders.

“We certainly feel like we had a very good recruiting class,” stated head coach Mike Martin. “Our eighth place ranking is very flattering. We like the young men that we brought in here. They filled the needs that we had and we are anxious to see how they materialize. I realize it’s still early, but I do like what I am seeing out of each and every one of these guys so far this fall.”

Earlier this fall, Collegiate Baseball ranked the 2008-09 Seminole class as the eighth highest rated recruiting class in the nation.

Here is a listing of the 2008-09 Florida State Baseball recruiting class:

Brian Busch, LHP, Boca Raton, FL (West Boca Raton Community HS)
FR * 6’2″ * 254 lbs.

Kris Castellanos, LHP, Brandon, FL (Newsome HS)
FR * 6’2″ * 188 lbs.

Spencer Dickinson, Outfielder, Tequesta, FL (The Benjamin School)
FR * 5’9″ * 155 lbs.

Brian Ellington, RHP, Gainesville, FL (Oak Hill HS)
FR * 6’3″ * 178 lbs.

Sean Gilmartin, LHP/OF, Moorpark, CA (Crespi Carmelite HS)
FR * 6’2″ * 179 lbs.

Rafael Lopez, Infielder, Wellington, FL (Indian River CC)
R-SO * 5’9″ * 197 lbs.

Kyle Long, LHP/First Base, Ivy, VA (St. Anne’s-Belfield School)
FR * 6’7″ * 286 lbs.

Mike Meschke, First Base, Marietta GA (North Florida CC)
JR * 6’2″ * 232 lbs.

Ray Navarro, Infielder, Miami, FL (Florida Christian HS)
FR * 6’2″ * 196 lbs.

James Ramsey, Infielder, Alpharetta, GA (Wesleyan HS)
FR * 5’11” * 186 lbs.

Hunter Scantling, RHP/First Base, Jacksonville, FL (Episcopal HS)
FR * 6’7″ * 253 lbs.

Robby Stahl, Outfielder, St. Petersburg Beach, FL (Tallahassee CC)
JR * 6’0″ * 186 lbs.

Austin Wood, RHP, Niceville, FL (Niceville HS)
FR * 6’4″ * 207 lbs.

Baseball America’s 2008-09 Recruiting Results
(As of Oct. 10, 2008)
Rank Team
1. Arizona State
2. Vanderbilt
3. Georgia
4. Kentucky
5. Florida
6. Texas A&M
8. Arkansas
9. TCU
10. Oregon
11. Mississippi
12. Texas
13. Clemson
14. Virginia
15. Cal State Fullerton
16. Wichita State
17. Fresno State
18. Stanford
19. Oklahoma State
20. Louisville
21. Pepperdine
22. Southern California
23. NC State
24. Florida State
25. Duke

Italics denotes ACC team


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