TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two weeks in to the fall 2014 semester and there are plenty of new faces walking the grounds of Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium. On Wednesday, Florida State baseball and head coach Mike Martin announced its 17-member signing class for the 2014-15 season. This year’s class features 11 freshmen, five junior college transfers and one transfer from a four-year university.
This year’s new crop of signees include Boomer Biegalski (RHP, Central Florida State College); Dylan Busby (SS, Sarasota HS); Drew Carlton (RHP, George Jenkins HS); Alex Deise (LHP, St. Petersburg College); Timmy Delph (OF, Bartow HS); Taylor Folsom (LHP, Tiftarea Academy); Cobi Johnson (RHP, JW Mitchell HS); Andrew Karp (RHP, West Orange HS); Hayden Kelly (1B, Polk State College); Chris Marconcini (1B/OF, Duke University); Bret Maxwell (C, Northeast HS); Darren Miller (INF/C, Key West HS); Quincy Nieporte (1B/C, Tallahassee Community College); Jackson Owens (INF, Lake Dallas HS); Derek Vail (RHP, Santa Fe College); Taylor Walls (SS, Crisp County HS); Steven Wells (OF/RHP, Key West HS).
“With the departures we suffered last year due to graduation and the draft, we see this class being able to step in and contribute right away because of the versatility and athleticism that each player possesses,” Florida State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Martin, Jr. said. “The ability of the pitchers to pitch in different roles will also be a key to our success and we feel that the crop of arms that we brought in will be able to do just that.
“We knew we were going to lose a lot from last year's team and that was the key to this year's class - to get guys in here that can contribute in a variety of ways. You always want to have a good balance of old and new players when it comes to having both JUCO and freshmen on the team. Having a handful of JUCO guys that have been through the rigors is very important especially having a guy like Marconcini, who played a lot in three seasons at Duke. We hope that with their experiences mixed with our returners that it will help bridge the learning gap for our incoming freshmen.”
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