A little bit of baseball for you this evening before we head back to the regularly scheduled football content. Florida State's baseball team has recruited the 19th rated class in college baseball according to Collegiate Baseball magazine.
The Seminoles bring in 15 new players, nine freshman and six juco guys. The class is made up of five pitchers (including two left handers), four infielders, four outfielders, one catcher and one utility player (listed on the roster at two or more positions including pitcher and catcher).
The Seminoles have a ton to replace, starting with their captain James Ramsey and continuing with most of their infield (Sherman Johnson, Jayce Boyd, Devon Travis) as well as their closer (Robert Benincasa). Last season FSU swept through regional and super-regional play and made a run in Omaha before being knocked from the CWS.
“We brought in a large group of junior college players that I am very pleased with and I am excited to see how they will contribute to the team this year,” said FSU manager Mike Martin through a release.
“The 2012 class is a good mixture of position players and arms that will help fill our needs out in the field and on the mound. Although, we have the core of our starting rotation back from last year, we want to sure up our bullpen with solid middle relief and a closer. This year's class has the arms to help us in those areas. We also feel that this group will help us fill the void in the batting order which lost the top five hitters in the line-up a year ago.”
Florida State would have had a better class, but like many other programs, lost recruits to the MLB draft.
Around the state, Florida had the 7th rated class, Miami 9th, Stetson 29th and UCF 40th. Clemson had the highest ACC rating at 5, followed by UNC (8), Miami (9) and FSU (19).
The Seminoles are currently going through fall practice.