The big news this week is that pretty much every Nole drafted has decided to start their professional career and signee shortstop Oscar Mercado chose to skip college and get paid. Details about their signings below.
Current Seminoles with quotes on being drafted from Seminoles.com:
Stephen McGee, Jr., C - 9th round (277th overall pick), LA Angels
"I am just ecstatic. I can't really explain it. This is the first time that I have been drafted. It's awesome; it's a dream come true."
"I was actually at a movie when I found out. Luckily it was right at the end of the movie when all the calls, emails, text messages and tweets started coming in. I had talked to the Angels prior (to the draft). Actually, I talked with one of their scouts when we played down at Stetson earlier this year. I knew they were looking at me but I had no idea when I was going to go."
I have officially decided to progress in my career and sign my professional contract. I would first like to thank FSU the staff and coaches.— Stephen McGee (@ElEsteban09) June 12, 2013
I have enjoyed my years and have earned a terrific degree from a great university. I also want to thank the fans and supporters of the— Stephen McGee (@ElEsteban09) June 12, 2013
student athletes because without them none of this would be possible. Tallahassee has been a wonderful home for me throughout my time and— Stephen McGee (@ElEsteban09) June 12, 2013
has given me memories I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life. Thank you Florida State and Go Noles!— Stephen McGee (@ElEsteban09) June 12, 2013
McGee had tremendous shoes to fill upon arriving at Florida State, many people, myself included never thought he would contribute much and that he was on campus merely because of the name on the back of his jersey. His brother was an All-American, he was taking on the role of catcher after Rafael Lopez had a breakout season and Buster Posey won every award before him. After a medical redshirt his first season, an statistically odd 2012 season and a breakout season in 2013 where he caught virtually every inning and was the most well rounded hitter on the team. Florida State will miss McGee and wishes him the best, the benchmark for catcher at FSU remains extremely high with his departure.
Peter Miller, Jr., RHP - 16th round (484th overall pick), LA Dodgers
"It's exciting (to be drafted); it's been a long journey. I am definitely excited but I'm just trying to focus on finishing this year off first before I even worry about the draft. It was a complete surprise to be selected by the Dodgers."
Miller has yet to sign but I believe that he will. Its going to be extremely tough for him to break into the weekend rotation next year and I am not sure how much his stock will improve being a midweek arm.
Marcus Davis, Jr., OF/DH - 24th round (718th overall pick), San Diego Padres
"I was happy to see my name come across the screen. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I just want to thank the Padres for giving me this opportunity, so we will see what happens. But there is still some work to be done in Tallahassee."
Officially became a Padre today! Want to thank everyone involved with FSU baseball for being a part of the best year of my baseball career— Marcus Davis (@Doc_MD_24) June 14, 2013
Davis' talent was evident, orginally with LSU, the JUCO transfer was the Seminoles best hitter through the first month of the season. Even though his numbers dropped as the competion improved he still had a great season and the Padres thought enough of him to make it worth his while to start his professional career.
Robby Coles, Jr., RHP - 28th round (836th overall pick), NY Mets
"I am just happy to have this opportunity. I've been in contact with the organization so it wasn't a surprise that they picked me. To be honest, I was more surprised just to be drafted because it is such a big thing."
Just confirmed with Robby Coles that he has signed with the Mets as @JimHenryTALLY said.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) June 14, 2013
Im not sure what to think about Coles, he was FSU's closer but was probably the most unassuming one they have had in some time. He pitched extremely well most of the year despite not earning the closer role until mid March. Best wishes to him in future.
Scott Sitz, Sr., RHP - 28th round (846th overall pick), Detroit Tigers
"I actually didn't see my name pop-up as I was in the shower after today's game. Hunter Scantling was actually back in Tallahassee for today's game and he was the one who told me Detroit drafted me. This is something that I have worked my whole life for; I've never been drafted before so I am really excited about it."
My time spent playing at FSU was more than I could've ever asked for. Thank you to all the people that supported me and made it great #Noles— Scott Sitz (@LUNCHB0X26) June 12, 2013
What can you say about this guy, he is a senior which means unfortunately for the Noles and the Mucstache Mafia he is unable to return for another season. He battled through coaching changes and emerged as a great pitcher for Florida State becoming a fan favorite. Best of luck to the Bulldog in the future.
Current Florida State commits who were drafted:
Oscar Mercado, HS , SS - 2nd round (57h overall pick), St. Louis Cardinals
Second-rounder Oscar Mercado will receive $1.5 million. Mercado's bonus is $528,600 more than the assigned value for his No. 57 pick, making it the biggest above-slot deal thus far in 2013. - Baseball America
I didn't think that FSU had much of a chance to land Mercado and once he was drafted by the Cardinals I though the chances were practically nil. Mercado got a huge payday and no one can fault him for the decision.
Ben Deluzio, HS, INF - 3rd round (80th overall pick) Miami Marlins
The shortstop from Windemere went higher than a lot of people expected, Baseball America had him as the number 200 prospect overall. There are some questions to what position he might play because many don't believe he will stick at short but if the Marlins used a 3rd round pick on him they must be willing to spend money. Miami drafted mostly college players in the first 10 rounds which means they should have some extra for Deluzio, at this point I don't believe he makes it on campus.
M.T. Minacci, HS, RHP - 20th round (589th overall pick) Colorado Rockies
MT Minacci, who was drafted by the Rockies today, says they want to see him throw a couple more times. Again, drafted as a RHP.— Corey Dowlar/ESPN (@cdowlar) June 8, 2013
No real idea about Minacci but he was drafted late enough where I think he makes it to school to try to improve his stock in 3 years. I'm not saying signing is out of the question though as FSU saw pitcher Hayden Hurst sign last season as a 17th round pick.
Taylor Blatch, HS, RHP - 27th round (800th overall pick) San Diego Padres
Can't wait to be apart of the FSU family they're all so welcoming!!— Taylor (@T15Blatch) June 14, 2013
Bucket List: Be a household name at FSU for baseball— Taylor (@T15Blatch) June 14, 2013
I think it is pretty safe to say he will make it on to campus.
Seminoles in the Summer Leagues
Florida State released a list of where your favorite players will be over the summer so if you are local I would recommend you going out and supporting them. Let us now if you do and what the experience was like.
Alaska Baseball League
Billy Strode, Peninsula Oilers
Dylan Silva, Peninsula Oilers
(play begins 6/19/13)
Cape Cod League
Jose Brizuela, Brewster Whitecaps
Brandon Leibrandt, Brewster Whitecaps
Bryant Holtmann, Hyannis Harbor Hawks
DJ Stewart, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
(play begins 6/12/13)
Coastal Plain League
Lee Howard, Columbia Blowfish
(play began 5/29/13)
Florida Collegiate League
Kenny Burkhead, Sanford River Rats
(play begins 6/12/13)
Brandon Johnson, Alexandria Blue Anchors
(play began 5/29/13)
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League
John Nogowski, Amsterdam Mohawks
John Sansone, Amsterdam Mohawks
(play began 6/5/13)
(camp begins 6/21/13)
One final note on last week's article about the 2012 draft class. When I wrote it I was unsure of what Hunter Scantling was doing but found out this past weekend that he has been rehabbing from injury and is ready to start next week. He will play for the Conneticut Tigers like he did last year and looks like he will be joined by former teammate Soctt Sitz.