Nov. 19, 1997
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State baseball squad signed 11 players to
national letters of intent during the early signing period announced
recruiting coordinator Jamey Shouppe.
The class consists of nine high school players and two junior college
players. This list is highlighted by three local high school players,
including the first set of twins to sign the Florida State baseball.
Florida State’s last nine recruiting classes have ranked in the top nine
nationally by Collegiate Baseball.
Three Tallahassee natives head the list of 11 signees. Chris (6-0, 180
lbs.) and Nick Whidden (6-0, 180 lbs.) are the first set of twins to sign
with FSU. Both Whidden brothers are two-way players from Leon H.S., who
bat and throw right-handed. Chris plays infield and pitched in the closer
role where he posted a 3-3 record, five saves and a 2.28 ERA in his junior
season. Nick is an outfielder and starting pitcher. He hit .306 with two
home runs and 16 stolen bases and recorded a 5-2 record and 1.97 ERA.
Infielder Mike Futrell (5-11, 175 lbs.) is a local product from Lincoln
H.S., who bats and throws right-handed. Futrell was voted the 6A District
Player of the Year after batting .402 with four home runs and 15 stolen
bases in his junior season.
Ryan Barthelemy (6-2, 212 lbs.), a native of Miami, Fla., who attends
Killean H.S., is a powerful outfielder who has the potential to play first
base. Barthelemy, a team captain, was an All-Dade County selection after
batting .425 with five home runs, 12 doubles, and four triples in his
John-Ford Griffin (6-3, 185 lbs.) is an outfielder from Sarasota H.S., in
Sarasota, Fla. Griffin, who bats and throws left-handed, hit .340 with one
home run and 16 doubles for one of the premier high school programs in the
nation. He was one of only 100 top juniors invited to the Team One
National Showcase last summer.
John Halliday (6-5, 225 lbs.) is left-handed first baseman is a native of
Port Richey, Fla., from Pasco-Hernando Junior College where he is coached
by former FSU assistant coach Steve Winterling. He was drafted in the 52nd
round out of high school and the 42nd round after last season in junior
college. He batted .475 with seven home runs in just 18 games.
Chris Hart (6-1, 185 lbs.) is a switch-hitter from Clearwater Central
Catholic H.S., in Clearwater, Fla. Hart holds school records for hits
(45), doubles (14) and home runs (9) in a season. He batted .402 as a
junior and made first team All-State as an infielder, but will be moved to
catcher in college. He also played in the 1991 Little League World Series
in Williamsport, Pa.
Marshall McDougall (6-1, 195 lbs.) is a right-handed hitter and infielder
from Santa Fe Community College. The native of Gainesville, Fla., boasted
the seventh best batting average among junior college players in the state
last season. He batted .422 with three home runs last year. He was a 42nd
round draft pick in high school and a 37th round pick last season out of
Johnny Santamarina (6-0, 180 lbs.), a native of Miami, Fla., batted .423
as a junior and was an All-Dade selection at Coral Gables H.S. Santamarina
has transferred to Gulliver Prep for his senior season. He is a tremendous
hitter who led Coral Gables H.S., for two seasons in home runs and will
remind FSU fans of former Seminole standout Doug Mietkiewicz.
Chris Smith (6-0, 190 lbs.), a switch-hitting outfielder and lefthanded
pitcher, is FSU’s only out-of-state signee. Smith is from Wantagh H.S., in
Wantagh, N.Y., who hit 488 with six home runs and 16 stolen bases a junior.
He posted a 9-0 pitching record with a 1.01 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 62