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19   Aaron Cheesman
Aaron Cheesman

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Sarasota, FL

High School:
Sarasota HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 195

Position:
C

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right


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SENIOR YEAR (2005): A two-time candidate for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher and one of just two catchers named All-ACC (second team)...a James Corrigan Post Graduate Scholarship Award winner...1st Team ESPN the Magazine Academic all-district...a two-time team captain...one of the most dependable players in the ACC who has started 71 of the Seminoles' 73 games at the grueling catcher position...started 41 consecutive games to end the season - every Florida State game since March 30 against Florida...the only two games he did not start behind the plate - at Hawaii-Hilo (March 6) and at Duke (March 26) were started by Danny Diaz...was the starting designated hitter (one hit and two RBI) in the Seminoles' victory over Hilo and finished the Seminoles game against Duke behind the plate...his only non-start of the season came in the Duke game...started 139 of the last 140 games in his last two seasons...has not been the Seminoles' starting catcher in only two games in the last two years since the start of the 2004 season...established the Seminoles' all-time single season record for sacrifice hits with 22 (10 sacrifice flies and 12 sacrifice bunts)...finished second amongst the NCAA leaders for sacrifice flies...broke assistant coach Mike Martin, Jr.'s career record with 37 sacrifices...finished the season among FSU's team leaders in seven different offensive categories...had the team's fifth-best batting average (.300), third-best on base percentage (.418), fourth-most hits (75)...third-most RBIs (52) and second-most walks (51)...was also in the top five for steals (5) and at bats (25)...finished third on the team for multi-hit games (20) and multi-RBI games (15)...had the third-longest hitting streak of the season (14)...ranked seventh in the ACC in walks per game...hit .300 or better in each of his last two seasons as a Seminole...set a career-high for RBIs in 2005 and registered 123 for his four-year career...enjoyed the best season of his career behind the plate with a .991 fielding percentage and has cut his errors down significantly in 2005 (five) as compared to the 2004 season (9)...at least one hit in 22 of the Seminoles' 30 ACC games including seven multiple hit outings against conference competition...season-high three RBIs against Charleston Southern (Jan. 30), Duke (March 26) and North Carolina (May 15)...final RBI against the Tar Heels was a walk-off RBI to give the Seminoles a 7-6 win and a sweep of the three-game series...only two errors in his last 261 chances dating to April 12 entering the NCAA Super Regional.

JUNIOR YEAR (2004): Had a breakout season in 2004 as Cheesman raised his average for the third consecutive season while starting every game behind the plate...the team captain set career highs in every offensive category...from 2003 to 2004, Cheesman raised his average 63 points (.284 to .347), started more than twice as many games (29 to 68), doubled his runs scored (25 to 50), almost tripled his hit production (31 to 83) and double production (7 to 18), hit the first three triples of his career and tripled his career home run total (1 to 3)...Cheesman almost doubled his RBI total as he drove in 42 runs in 2004 compared to 22 in 2003 and his total bases increased from 41 to 116...his slugging percentage went up over 100 points as well from .376 to .485...had a team best 15 game hitting streak, had the third-most multi-hit games (23) on the team and the fourth-most multi-RBI games (11)...fourth-best average among lefties (.365), sec-ond- best average versus righties (.341), second in average with the bases loaded (.333) and fourth-best average with two outs (.308)...number three on the team with 18 two-out RBIs...advanced runners successfully over 50% of the time...in the top five in 15 different offensive categories...one of only two Seminoles to start every game in 2004...his .347 average was second to only first round draft pick Stephen Drew...had the team's fourth-best slugging percentage (.485), third on the squad with a .444 on base percent-age and 83 hits, fifth in RBIs (42), second in doubles (18) and triples (3), fifth in total bases (116), third in walks (34) and second in sac bunts (7)...one of the Tribe's best fielder's as well with a .982 fielding percentage in a team high 500 chances...also led the squad with 448 putouts while catching 18 runners trying to steal...fourth in the confer-ence in on base percentage...was fourth in the ACC with a .444 on base percentage ...named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament team at catcher.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Went 1-for-3 with a run scored in each of the first two games of the Arizona State series...had a home run and a double while going 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs at Jacksonville (2/15)...hit .400 (4-for-10) with three RBIs and a run scored in the Oral Roberts series...improved his average from .281 to .357 after hitting .600 (6-for-10) with two doubles, one triple and two runs scored in the series against UNC Asheville...went 2-for-3 with a triple against Butler (3/10)...had four RBIs, a run scored and two doubles while going 6-for-11 (.545) in the series against Michigan State...had career-long 15-game hitting streak from 2/20-3/17...went 1-for-2 with two runs, an RBI and his first-career stolen base against Mary-land (3/21)...had a double and scored a run while going 2-for-5 against NC State (4/3)...went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs at Miami (4/18)...scored a career-high three runs while recording three hits (3-for-4) for the second straight game with two RBIs against Florida (4/21)...went 2-for-4 with a run scored against Georgia Tech (4/25)...hit .500 (6-12) in the Clemson series with three doubles, a home run and a 1.000 SLG%...tied a career high with four RBIs while going 3-for-4 with two runs and a career-high two stolen bases against Duke (5/14)...had a dominant series against Wake Forest as the Seminoles swept the Demon Dea-cons. Cheesman went 8-for-12 with five runs scored, three RBIs and two doubles...opened the ACC Tournament with a 3-for-4 day including a run scored, a double and threw out a would be base stealer against NC State (5/26)...helped FSU clinch its second ACC Tourna-ment title in the last three years as he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a double in the final versus Georgia Tech (5/30)...helped to clinch FSU's sixth consecutive trip to the Super Regional by going 3-for-4 with an RBI, a double and four runs scored versus UCF (6/ 6)...had a great Super Regional recording back-to-back multi-hit games versus Arkansas. Went4-for-7 with two runs scored and a triple in the series.

2003 (Sophomore Year): Served as the back-up to three-year starter Tony Richie at catcher and also saw time at DH...had a 2-for-3 outing with three RBIs while starting at catcher at Stanford (2/9)...hit his first career home run against Evansville, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI (2/14)...went 2-for-4 with two runs and tied a career-high with three RBIs vs. Evansville (2/15)...went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored vs. CSU (2/28)...had two hits against Georgia Tech (5/4) and Jacksonville (5/6)...went 3-for-5 at Maryland (5/9) with two doubles and two runs scored...tied a career-high with three RBIs at Duke (5/16), going 3-for-5 with two runs scored... started as the DH in four of FSU's five ACC Tournament games...went 2-for-11 (.182 in the tournament), but totaled three RBIs and had a .308 on-base percent-age... went 0-for-1 in two appearances in the NCAA Regional.

2002 AS A FRESHMAN: Backed up starter Tony Richie after redshitring his first year...started nine games, including seven at catcher...had a career-high four at bats three times during the season (at Hawaii, Appalachian State and at Virginia)...drove in the first RBI of his Seminole career at Hawaii-Hilo (1/27)...knocked in a career-high two runs against Florida A&M (5/3)

2001: Redshirted...spent the summer playing for the Topeka Capitals of the Kansas Jayhawk League.

PREP: Named first team 5A all-state as a senior and played in the Florida high school all-star game...the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year following a senior season in which he hit .413 with three home runs and 26 RBIs, leading the team to the state tournament...named honorable mention 5A all-state as a junior...a three-year letterman in both football and baseball... attended the same high school as former FSU All-American John-Ford Griffin...graduated with highest honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Father, Barry, played in the minor leagues for four years after being drafted out of high school and also played on the PGA Tour...favorite team is the Chicago Cubs...born on September 25, 1981...pursuing master's degree in sports administration.

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