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Major League Baseball has "The Hot Stove League." For college baseball, it should be called "The Hot Plate League."

Anyway, FIU announced the signing of 16 high school and junior college players in its 2012 recruiting class. Perfect Game USA ranks the class at No. 19. I wonder where it'll rank should the verbal commitments made below make it to Camp Mitch.

Now, I've made clear my feelings on recruiting and recruiting rankings. I'll write about recruiting because college fans love to obsess over "Who's next?" which I don't get, although I have several friends who obsessed over Who's Next. I'll report the rankings by the folks who make a living off the aforementioned obsessed by ranking players and classes. But it doesn't mean I put much more stock in them than I do my twice-a-week Lotto play.

That said, here's the officially signed part of the class (player details were more extensive before I lost this entire blog post a third of the way through. I figured at that time it was time to change the rhythm of the evening -- a nap, some blackened fish & shrimp fried rice, tea and Coke, back to it.)

LHP Tyler Alexander, 6-1, 175, out of Hillsboro Community College and Tampa Armwood High: No relation to the Tyler Alexander who helped Bruce McLaren develop his invincible Can-Am design, then ran McLaren's Formula 1 and Indy Car operations the founder's 1970 death. In case you were wondering.

INF Josh Anderson, 6-1, 215, R/R out of Yavapai College and Poway (Cal.) High

RHP Mitchell Davis, 6-1, 175, out of Grayson County College Fort Worth Castleberry High

RHP Chris Elander, 5-11, 175, from Oviedo Hagerty. Threw a no-hitter last year and hit a key grand slam as Hagerty came from 5-1 down to beat Oviedo 8-5 in the 6A-District 3 final.

RHP Matt Ferreira, 6-2, 195, Deltona Trinity Christian

RHP Mike Franco, 5-10, 180 from Howard College and Corpus Christi Moody High

C Phildrick Llewellyn, 6-0, 180, a switch-hitter from Lake Worth Trinity Christian. When a freshman, Llewellyn got KO'ed by Miami Brito's Daniel Bolanos in a plate collision that sparked a bench-clearning brawl (of course). Mass suspensions and injunctions ensued. Baseball, brawls, lawyers...high school baseball, South Florida-style.

RHP Dillon Maya, 6-1, 180, from Coral Gables High

LHP Jeff Rehonic, 6-6, 235, American High

OF/3B Edwin Rios, 6-4, 170, left-handed hitter from Kissimmee Osceola High

OF/1B, Alexis Rivera, 6-2, 220, left-handed hitter from Kissimmee Osceola High

OF Antonio Rodriguez, 5-10, 175, left-handed hitter from Coral Gables High. First team All-Dade last year, hitting .545 with two homers and 26 RBI

RHP Reid Scoggins, 6-2, 205, from Howard Collge and Dallas W.T. White High

RHP Alex Seibold, 6-2, 180, from Plantation American Heritage High. Two-time All-Broward second team player.

LHP Tyler Sullivan, 6-0, 185, from Weatherford College and Plant City Durant High

C Chucky Vazquez, 6-2, 190, right-handed hitter from American High.

What follows are the verbal committments that have allegedly been made:

SS Nick Basto, 6-2, 190, from Fort Lauderdale Archbishop McCarthy High

OF/1B/P Alex Dowell, 6-1, 175, from Parkland Douglas High

SS/P Victor Gonzalez from Jupiter High

P David Jervis from Braddock High

SS Rey Ordonez Jr. from Mater Academy. Yep, son of the major leaguer.

INF Jason Morozowski, 6-0, 160, from Fort Lauderdale Archbishop McCarthy High. Brother Ryne's with FIU now.

Andres Sanchez, Pembroke Pines Flanagan, hit .500 with 51 RBI and 17 home runs last season, making everyone's first team All-Broward and garnering a couple of Player of the Year honors. 


After opening with an upset of George Mason, FIU's lost to Virginia Tech (unavoidable), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (what?) and now Oral Roberts, 73-65, at Oral Roberts in the final consolation round game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off.

Phil Taylor scored 22 and was four of eight shooting from three-point range. DeJuan Wright was six of eight from the floor and a perfect three for three from the line in getting his 17 points.

Now 1-3, FIU returns home for the home opener, Saturday, against Coastal Carolina. It's a 7:30 start, meaning you can shovel in two meals worth of leftovers before waddling over to check out the action.




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