Oct. 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s 2013-14 recruiting class is ranked No. 18 as announced by Baseball America, according to the national publication’s annual evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.
Baseball America’s recruiting class rankings are based on many conversations with college coaches and pro scouts across the country. Along with extensive research, Baseball America looks at its individual player rankings among the BA 500 for the 2013 draft. The rankings do not consider transfers from four-year schools, except graduate transfers who are immediately eligible.
The Seminoles welcome 13 newcomers to this year’s recruiting class including 11 freshmen and two JUCO transfers. The class is made up of six pitchers (including one left hander), two infielders, one outfielder, one catcher and three utility players (listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).
“To have a top 25 recruiting class is always a good thing,” Florida State head coach Mike Martin said. “Our ranking is a direct result of the tremendous job our recruiting coordinator, Mike Martin, Jr., and Mike Bell, our pitching coach, does in bringing quality talent to Florida State University. With our fall season complete, I am anxious to see how our players progress over the next four months in preparation for opening day in 2014.”
Five student-athletes in this year’s class were selected in the MLB First Year Player Draft. Those five individuals include Ben DeLuzio (3rd round, Miami), M.T. Minacci (20th round, Colorado), Taylor Blatch (27th round, Minnesota), Daniel De La Calle (33rd round, Texas) and Alec Byrd (37th round, Cincinnati).
“This class is very versatile with a great deal of athleticism which is something very hard to find these days,” Florida State assistant coach Mike Martin, Jr. said. “We will look to play a faster brand of baseball now and in the future due to the athletic make-up of this class. The pitchers are very polished and we will look for them to come in and help us right away.”
With the fall season complete, Florida State will now turn its focus on its preparation for opening day on Friday, February 14.
2013-14 Baseball Recruiting Class Rankings
3. South Carolina
4. Oklahoma State
5. Oregon State
6. Miami, Fla.
8. Ole Miss
9. Mississippi State
12. Cal State Fullerton
18. Florida State
22. Loyola Marymount
24. Southern California