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Nov. 19, 1997

Florida State Announces Fall Baseball Signees

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 junior season.

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 junior college.

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 innings pitched.

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