Nov. 19, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - Florida-based players whose high-school and junior-college performances have earned All-American, all-state and all-region honors are among the 2012 recruits signing National Letters of Intent to join the Florida Atlantic University baseball program.
Head Coach John McCormack will welcome seven high-school recruits and four junior-college players for the 2014 season to keep the Owls among the leaders in the competitive Sun Belt Conference.
“This recruiting class is tremendous. It is filled with high character young men that understand what college baseball is all about,” said McCormack. “They are a talented group that will help us continue our baseball success into the future.”
Players in this fall’s recruiting class will be joining a FAU program that captured its second Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship in the last three seasons in 2012, posted 32 victories and a 19-8 conference record. The upcoming 2013 season begins when the team hosts the University of Cincinnati on Friday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus. Click here for the entire 2013 schedule.
Here are brief descriptions of each recruit, beginning with the high-school recruits:
Kevin Abraham: A 6-foot-2 catcher from Miramar…hit .460 as a junior at Mater Academy for Coach Edward Gorriz…was a Perfect Game National Participant.
"Kevin is a physical guy that will be a force behind the plate and in the lineup," said McCormack. "He commands the field from behind the plate and is a true field general."
Kellen Brown: A 5-foot-10 infielder from Dunedin…Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American after hitting .429 with 21 runs batted in at Dunedin High School for Coach Tom Hilbert…Class 5A-12 Player of the Year…first-team All-State by Florida Athletic Coaches Association.
"Kellen possess a smooth swing that has allowed him to hit at any level," said McCormack. "His defensive versatility will be an asset to our club."
C.J. Chatham (pictured left): A 6-foot-3 player from Fort Lauderdale…played shortstop, third base, outfield and pitched at American Heritage-Plantation for Coach Bruce Avens…school has produced current Owls Domenick Mancini and Esteban Puerta…won the 2012 Nova batting title and was named the District Player of the Year…first-team all-county and Titan Classic’s Most Valuable Player…hit .443 with 25 RBIs and 27 runs scored…legged out 11 doubles and hit five home runs during junior season...teammate of signee Stephen Kerr on the South Florida Elite team that won the Perfect Game Summer National Championship.
"CJ has a presence about him both in the field and in the batters box. He has put up big numbers in high school and in the summer for some very elite teams," said McCormack. "I look forward to seeing what he is going to accomplish at FAU."
Stephen Kerr: A 5-foot-9 middle infielder from Margate…hit .373 with 21 stolen bases and 12 doubles…legged out three triples as a junior at Coral Springs Charter for Coach Mike Higgins…named to the Louisville Slugger Prime 9 all-tournament team in Jupiter…earned second-team all-county honors last season…teammate of signee C.J. Chatham on the South Florida Elite team that won the Perfect Game Summer National Championship.
"Stephen is the quintessential slick-fielding middle infielder that saves games with his globe," said McCormack. "He plays the game with a real passion and swings a good bat."
David McKay (pictured right): A 6-foot-3 pitcher from Melbourne…participated in the prestigious Diamond Club Showcase and Perfect Game National…second-team All-Space Coast selection after posting six victories and 67 strikeouts as a junior at Viera High School for Coach Bob Doty…high-school teammate of signee Reid Neal.
"Davis a real student of the game that has strikeout-type stuff on the mound. He works very hard at his craft," said McCormack.
Sean Labsan: A 5-foot-10 pitcher/outfielder from Sarasota…had a 5-2 record with a 1.69 earned run average at Riverview High School for Coach Chuck Antezak…struck out 62 batters in 62 innings…had a .306 batting average, had a .405 on-base percentage and drove in 17 runs.
"Sean is a true two-way guy that can be dominant both on the mound and in the batters box," said McCormack. "He can make an immediate impact on this program."
Reid Neal: A 5-foot-10 infielder from Melbourne…batted .395 with 22 RBIs and 25 runs scored as a junior at Viera High School for Coach Bob Doty…Class 7A District 12 Player of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association…Perfect Game Underclassmen Honorable Mention honoree…high-school teammate of signee David McKay.
"Reid is a hard worker that gets the job done at multiple positions. He plays the game the right way," said McCormack.
Junior-college transfers signing with FAU include:
Cody Mizelle (pictured left): A six-foot pitcher from Winter Haven…went 4-0 at Daytona State College as a freshman in 2012 for Coach Tim Touma…Great Lakes Summer League All-Star in 2012.
"Cody can really pitch. He has three pitches that he can mix to keep hitters off balance," said McCormack. "He understands the art of pitching."
Reily Monkman (pictured right): A six-foot pitcher from Mount Dora…led Seminole State College with seven saves for Coach Chris Hayes…recorded 25 strikeouts in 27 innings during freshman season…led team to the 2012 Florida League championship…four-year letterwinner at Mount Dora High School, where he went 4-0 with nine saves in leading school to its first state final appearance as a senior.
"Reily is as creative a guy on the mound that I have seen," said McCormack. "He throws from multiple arm angles and slots. He gets it done."
John Sebelle: A 6-foot-1 pitcher from Winter Springs…recorded nine saves and tallied three victories as a freshman at Daytona State College for Coach Tim Touma…had 47 strikeouts in 41.1 innings…Mid-Florida Conference Fireman of the Year as league’s top relief pitcher.
"John has dominant closer-type stuff with the attitute to match," said McCormack. "He is a bulldog that saves games."
Jarred Smith: A six-foot infielder from Lake Wales…played third base at Auburn in 2012 and will play at State College of Florida for Coach Tim Hill II in 2013…Freshman All-Academic team selection in 2011…junior college has produced current Owls Jeremy Strawn and Tyler Rocklein.
"Jarred is a fantastic baseball player that can do a number of things to help us win games," said McCormack. "He is a tremendous offensive player that plays the game as hard as anyone."