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23   Tony Richie
Tony Richie

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL

High School:
Bishop Kenny H

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 205

Position:
C

Bats/Throws:
Right/Right


Earned First Team Baseball America All-American honors as a sophomore...a consensus preseason All-American as a junior…entering his third season as FSU’s starter behind the plate…listed as the ACC’s best defensive catcher and the catcher with the league’s best arm according to Baseball America…the publication’s No. 17 junior prospect nationally …led the conference last season with six pick-offs…voted to the All-ACC first team and to the ACC All-Tournament team last year…ranked second on the team with 75 RBI and third with 13 home runs…named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after going nine-for-14 with four homers, two doubles and eight RBI in FSU’s sweep of Clemson…went 8- for-12 with a .917 slugging percentage in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional to earn MVP honors.

2002 AS A SOPHOMORE: First team Baseball America All-American...named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball...voted First Team All-ACC and to the ACC All-Tournament... named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after going 9-for-14 with four homers, two doubles and eight RBI in FSU’s sweep of Clemson (5/20)...2002 Team USA Baseball invitee...third on the team with 13 home runs...led the ACC with six pick-offs...went 2-for-4 with a double, triple an RBI at Hawaii-Hilo (2/27)...seventh in the ACC with seven home runs in conference play...hit his first home run of the season against then-No. 1 Stanford (Feb. 9) while going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI...went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two home runs and a double at Clemson (May 19)...led the team in the NCAA Regional Championship game, going 4-for-5 with two runs, three RBI and a home run...named to the NCAA Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team and was named MVP after hitting .667 (8-12) with a slugging per-centage of .917...finished ninth overall and tops among ACC catchers with 75 RBI...held a slugging percentage of .639 vs. conference opponents...hit .387 with seven homers and recorded a team-best 27 RBI vs. Top 10 opponents....ended the 2002 season on a six-game hitting streak.

2001 AS A FRESHMAN: Started 57 of FSU’s 66 games behind the plate… named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American… ranked sixth on the team with a .291 batting average…went on a tear late in the season, hitting .490 over the last 12 games to raise his average from .229 to .291…hit a solo home run to give FSU a 1-0 victory over Liberty (3/ 14)…went 3-for-5 in his first game against Miami (4/13) with one homer, one double and a season-high three RBI…collected a season-best four hits at Duke on 5/13…finished the year on a 12-game hitting streak…joined John-Ford Griffin on the ACC All-Tournament team…went 3-for-4 vs. Wake Forest (5/19) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored …also named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team after going 5-for-10 with three RBI and two runs scored in three games.

PREP: The only high school player in the country to be named a two-time Baseball America All-American…one of the top catching prospects nationally coming out of Bishop Kenny…has played with Team USA over the last three years (twice with the 16 and under squad and once with 18 and under)…batted cleanup with Team USA over the summer …named the International Player of the Year while playing with Team USA following sophomore year…named first team all-state as a junior and senior…the Dairy Farmers Player of the Year in Florida as a senior…a Team One National Showcase participant… also played football as a freshman and sophomore…a honor roll student throughout high school.

PERSONAL: Drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago White Sox…mother, Terri, was a gymnast at both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia while father, Gene, was a baseball player at Georgia …lists Charles Johnson as his favorite athlete…a sport management major …born February 9, 1982.

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