Nov. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State baseball and head coach Mike Martin announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent as of November 16, 2009. The 2010-11 class features seven players from the state of Florida, two from Georgia and one from Connecticut.
The signees include C/1B Eric Arce, OF Michael Arencibia, 3B/RHP Kaleb Cowart, OF Jose Dore, OF Ben Gamel, LHP Evan Geist, LHP Connor Nolan, INF Sean O'Brien, RHP Adam Simmons and RHP Colby Sims.
"With the 2009 class being infielder and pitcher oriented, we felt like we had the potential to lose our entire outfield at the end of the upcoming season," said assistant coach Mike Martin, Jr. "This class is very heavy with outfielders and pitching. For the offensive guys that we brought in, we have a plan for them right away to step right in and help us immediately. That is what recruiting is all about, to fill needs and we feel like we signed a class that will fill our needs for the 2011 season."
Here is a look at the 2010-11 Seminole Signing Class:
As of November 16, 2009
Coaching staff on Arce: "A left handed hitter that is arguably the best hitter in high school baseball. He has tremendous power and great strike zone discipline. He is a very polished hitter that will hit in the middle of the order from day one."
Michael Arencibia, Key West, FL (Key West HS)
Coaching staff on Arencibia: "One of the fastest kids in the state of Florida with a very strong arm from the outfield. He ran of the fastest times in the 60 (6.38) at the Perfect Game National. He is as athletic of a high school player that you will see with the ability to run and throw. He is a tremendous defensive player that can cover a lot of ground; great arm strength from the outfield clocked at 93 mph."
Kaleb Cowart, Adel GA (Cook County HS)
Coaching staff on Cowart: "Kaleb is a guy that will create a lot of draft interest next year. He is a polished right-handed pitcher that can step right in at any program in the country and be in the rotation or be used as a closer. His fastball has been clocked as high as 94 mph. He is very college oriented, we feel like the fact that he wants to go to school will help us in the long run. A corner guy that can play both first and third base very well; he is a legitimate two-way guy. He possesses a great deal of leadership qualities."
Jose Dore, Kissimmee, FL (First Academy HS)
Coaching staff on Dore: "Jose is a power left-handed hitter with an absolute cannon for an arm. He probably has the best outfield arm in the country; a pure hitter. He grades out as a 70 on a 20-80 professional scale with regards to a major league caliber arm. We expect him to come in and contribute to our outfield right from the start."
Ben Gamel, Neptune Beach, FL (Bishop Kenny HS)
Coaching staff on Gamel: "He is the brother of Major Leaguer Matt Gamel of the Milwaukee Brewers. Ben is an outright baseball player. He does everything - a solid (batting) average - a prototypical Florida State player that loves to play the game and plays with a lot of energy. He is a kid we have known for awhile; a left-handed thrower that will contribute in the outfield."
Evan Geist, Roswell, GA (Marist HS)
Coaching staff on Geist: "A left-handed pitcher that throws in the upper 80's. A good fastball with a very good curveball. We will look for Evan to contribute right away with our middle to late relief situations."
Conner Nolan, Huntington, CT (St. Johns River CC)
Coaching staff on Nolan: "Conner has been clocked at 89 to 91 coming off of Tommy John surgery. He has a very, very good slider and curveball. He is a front of the rotation kind of guy that will create a lot of interest come draft time. We are very excited about what he can do for us."
Sean O'Brien, Clearwater, FL (Clearwater HS)
Coaching staff on O'Brien: "A big kid at 6-3 that projects as a solid corner infielder and corner outfield. He is very versatile, an athletic guy that can play anywhere. He comes in with a solid (batting) average and a very high ceiling and upside that we like and feel he can improve after each season. Sean was clocked at 6.8 seconds in the 60."
Adam Simmons, Sebring, FL (South Florida Community College)
Coaching staff on Simmons: "A right-hander pitcher with a low-90 mph fastball and a good breaking ball. Adam went 6-5 in 15 appearances with South Florida Community College last spring. He tallied 46 strikeouts in 80.1 innings of work."
Colby Sims, Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin HS)
Coaching staff on Sims: "Another right-handed pitcher with a low-90 mph fastball that possesses a good breaking ball. He has confidence in throwing his curveball at any point during an at-bat."