Oct. 17, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - The 2008-09 Florida State baseball recruiting class once again made headlines during the fall season with its second top 25 ranking. This year's class, which feature 13 newcomers, was ranked 24th nationally as announced by Baseball America.
The 2008-09 class features 10 freshmen and three transfer students. Among the transfers are infielder Rafael Lopez (Indian River Community College), Robby Stahl (Tallahassee Community College) and Mike Meschke (North Florida Community College).
Of the 13 incoming freshmen, five were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on June 8 but opted to postpone their major league career and begin college life as Seminoles this fall. Kyle Long (St. Anne's-Belfield School; Ivy, Va.) and Sean Gilmartin (Crespi Carmelite HS; Moorpark, Calif.) were the highest freshmen draftees selected in the 23rd round (Chicago White Sox) and 31st round (San Diego Padres), respectively. Right handed pitcher Austin Wood was picked by the Houston Astros in the 36th round, while southpaw Kris Castellanos was also drafted by the Astros in round number 38. Right hander Hunter Scantling rounded out this year's draft selections as he was picked in the 49th round by the Chicago Cubs.
The 2008 class consists of seven pitchers including four left handers, four infielders and two outfielders.
"We certainly feel like we had a very good recruiting class," stated head coach Mike Martin. "Our eighth place ranking is very flattering. We like the young men that we brought in here. They filled the needs that we had and we are anxious to see how they materialize. I realize it's still early, but I do like what I am seeing out of each and every one of these guys so far this fall."
Earlier this fall, Collegiate Baseball ranked the 2008-09 Seminole class as the eighth highest rated recruiting class in the nation.
Here is a listing of the 2008-09 Florida State Baseball recruiting class:
Brian Busch, LHP, Boca Raton, FL (West Boca Raton Community HS)
Kris Castellanos, LHP, Brandon, FL (Newsome HS)
Spencer Dickinson, Outfielder, Tequesta, FL (The Benjamin School)
Brian Ellington, RHP, Gainesville, FL (Oak Hill HS)
Sean Gilmartin, LHP/OF, Moorpark, CA (Crespi Carmelite HS)
Rafael Lopez, Infielder, Wellington, FL (Indian River CC)
Kyle Long, LHP/First Base, Ivy, VA (St. Anne's-Belfield School)
Mike Meschke, First Base, Marietta GA (North Florida CC)
Ray Navarro, Infielder, Miami, FL (Florida Christian HS)
James Ramsey, Infielder, Alpharetta, GA (Wesleyan HS)
Hunter Scantling, RHP/First Base, Jacksonville, FL (Episcopal HS)
Robby Stahl, Outfielder, St. Petersburg Beach, FL (Tallahassee CC)
Austin Wood, RHP, Niceville, FL (Niceville HS)
Baseball America's 2008-09 Recruiting Results
Italics denotes ACC team