Baseball Signs Three More Student-Athletes

Baseball adds a few more players to this years recruiting class after a few of the other members from the class were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft last week.

2001-02 FLORIDA BASEBALL SIGNEES

(as of June 11, 2002)

Signee

Pos.

HT

WT

B/T

CL

Hometown/Previous School

Bryan Ball

RHP

6-3

190

R/R

FR

Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte H.S.

Derek Bell

RHP

5-11

175

R/R

FR

Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter

J.P. Castro

OF

5-10

190

R/R

JR

Key West, Fla./Polk C.C./Key West H.S.

Brett Dowdy

INF

6-2

185

R/R

JR

Bradenton, Fla./Manatee C.C./Manatee H.S.

Justin Hoyman

RHP

6-4

160

R/R

SO

Cocoa, Fla./Brevard C.C./Cocoa

Jimmy Kubek

RHP

6-3

200

R/R

FR

St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole H.S.

Christian Madson

RHP

6-8

230

R/R

FR

Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale H.S.

Craig Pearson

LHP

6-5

200

L/L

FR

Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown H.S.

Andy Putnel

RHP

6-2

190

R/R

FR

Lake Alfred, Fla./Auburndale H.S.

Alan Rick

C

6-3

205

L/R

FR

Palatka, Fla./Palatka H.S.

Lee Roberson

1B/LHP

6-1

180

L/L

JR

Fayetteville, Ga./Tallahassee C.C./Fayette County H.S.

Adam Sanabria

LHP

5-11

175

L/L

SO

Longwood, Fla./Tallahassee C.C./Lake Mary H.S.

Denard Span

OF

6-0

185

L/L

FR

Tampa, Fla./Catholic H.S.

Justin Stiver

RHP

6-2

175

R/R

FR

Englewood, Fla./Charlotte H.S.

Justin Tordi

INF

6-2

185

R/R

FR

Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S.

*Class refers to each student-athletes' year when they arrive in Fall, 2002

The following is the releases on all three signees…

ENGLEWOOD'S JUSTIN STIVER SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT WITH FLORIDA BASEBALL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida baseball program and head coach Pat McMahon announced the signing of Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla./Charlotte H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent this week. April 10 marked the first day of the official spring signing period for NCAA Division I baseball.

"We are extremely excited to have Justin join our program," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "Justin is an outstanding young man. He has had an outstanding high school career for a fantastic high school program."

A six-foot-2, 175-pound righthanded pitcher, Stiver has also played first base, third base and outfield. He finished 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA and three saves along with 79 strikeouts in 60.2 innings pitched as a senior at Charlotte High School this past spring. He was also named to the Sarasota Classic All Tournament team. Stiver also hit .310 with 21 RBI in 30 games while leading Charlotte to a 18-12 record in 2002. As a junior in 2001, Stiver hit .319 with 26 RBI and finished 1-0 with 2.00 ERA and helped lead the Tarpons to a 25-7 record. A 2001 All Area selection as a junior, Stiver played for the Southwest Florida Eagles last summer and hit .360 while sporting a 4-1 record and 1.87 earned run average. Stiver played on the same high school team as UF signee Bryan Ball and current Gator freshman Jeff Corsaletti.

"Justin comes from a long line of successful Charlotte High School players," Florida assistant coach Ross Jones said. "He had an outstanding senior year and he developed into a pitcher that will become a true asset to our program."

Stiver is the son of Bill and Carla Stiver of Englewood.

"I have always wanted to be a Gator," Stiver said. "I feel privileged to be playing for such a great program and coaching staff."

In addition to Stiver, Florida signed five other student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent during the spring singing period- Adam Sanabria (Longwood, Fla./Tallahassee C.C./Lake Mary H.S.), Justin Hoyman (Cocoa, Fla./Brevard C.C.), Derek Bell (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter H.S.), Denard Span (Tampa, Fla./Catholic H.S.) and John Paul Castro (Key West, Fla./Polk C.C./Key West H.S.). The Florida baseball program has now signed 15 total student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. The Gators signed nine student-athletes this fall including Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte H.S.), Brett Dowdy (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee C.C./Manatee H.S.), Jimmy Kubek (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole H.S.), Christian Madson (Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale HS.), Craig Pearson (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), Andy Putnel (Lake Alfred, Fla./Auburndale), Alan Rick (Palatka, Fla./Palatka), Lee Roberson (Fayetteville, Ga./Tallahassee C.C./Fayette County H.S.) and Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S.).

2001 FLORIDA BASEBALL SIGNEE BIOS

JUSTIN STIVER

RHP/OF · 6-2 · 175 · R/R · Englewood, Fla./Charlotte H.S.

Righthanded pitcher who has also played first base, third base and outfield…Currently is 6-3 with 2.07 ERA and three saves along with 79 strikeouts in 60.2 innings pitched…Named to Sarasota Classic All Tournament team…Also hitting .310 with 21 RBI in 30 games this season…Has led Charlotte to 18-12 record this year…Hit .319 with 26 RBI and finished 1-0 with 2.00 ERA as a junior in 2001…Helped lead the Tarpons to a 25-7 record…Selected All Area as a junior…Played for the Southwest Florida Eagles last summer and hit .360 while sporting a 4-1 record and 1.87 earned run average…Played on same high school team as UF signee Bryan Ball and current Gator freshman Jeff Corsaletti…Son of Bill and Carla Stiver of Englewood.

COCOA'S JUSTIN HOYMAN SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT WITH FLORIDA BASEBALL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida baseball program and head coach Pat McMahon announced the signing of Justin Hoyman (Cocoa, Fla./Brevard C.C./Cocoa H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent this week. April 10 marked the first day of the official spring signing period for NCAA Division I baseball.

"We are extremely excited to have Justin join our program," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "Justin is an outstanding young man. He will add much to our pitching staff."

A six-foot-four, 160-pound righthanded pitcher, Hoyman played one season at Brevard Community College for head coach Ernie Rosseau. He earned First Team All Conference, First Team All State honors and was selected as the Earned Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year Award. He finished 10-3 with 1.96 ERA, 96 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched as Brevard finished fourth in the state with a 29-21 record. Hoyman also was named as a Dean's List student and was drafted in the 43rd round (No. 1280) by the Colorado Rockies in the 2002 MLB Draft.

Hoyman pitched and played shortstop for head coach Ken Auxier at Cocoa High School. He was named All State honorable mention, Second Team All Conference and was selected to play in conference all star game. As a senior, he hit .340 with four home runs, finished with 2-4 record, 1.17 ERA in 60 innings pitched and was also a First Team All Conference soccer player.

"Justin was named the Florida Junior College Pitcher of the Year," Florida assistant coach Ross Jones said. "We think he's going to really fill out and become a power pitcher. He has a lot of projection on his pitches and we're excited to have him at Florida.

Hoyman is the son of Robert and Robin Hoyman of Cocoa, Fla. Several of Hoyman's relatives have attended the University of Florida- brother Tyson, cousins Amy and Aaron Anderson and Heather and Chris Hoyman. Justin is the son of Robert and Robin Hoyman of Cocoa, Fla.

"I'm thrilled and honored to become a member of the Florida baseball family," Hoyman said. "I look forward to working with the coaching staff to further refine my skills. I'm anxious to take the mound at McKethan Stadium and make a contribution to the success of the Gator baseball program."

In addition to Hoyman, Florida has signed five other student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent during the spring singing period- Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla./Charlotte H.S.), Adam Sanabria (Longwood, Fla./Tallahassee C.C./Cocoa H.S.), Derek Bell (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter H.S.), Denard Span (Tampa, Fla./Catholic H.S.) and John Paul Castro (Key West, Fla./Polk C.C./Key West H.S.). The Florida baseball program has now signed 15 total student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. The Gators signed nine student-athletes this fall including Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte H.S.), Brett Dowdy (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee C.C./Manatee H.S.), Jimmy Kubek (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole H.S.), Christian Madson (Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale HS.), Craig Pearson (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), Andy Putnel (Lake Alfred, Fla./Auburndale), Alan Rick (Palatka, Fla./Palatka), Lee Roberson (Fayetteville, Ga./Tallahassee C.C./Fayette County H.S.) and Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S.).

2001 FLORIDA BASEBALL SIGNEE BIOS

JUSTIN HOYMAN

RHP · 6-4 · 160 · R/R · Cocoa, Fla./Brevard C.C./Cocoa H.S.

Righthanded pitcher…Played one season at Brevard Community College for head coach Ernie Rosseau…Earned First Team All Conference and First Team All State honors…Earned Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year Award…Finished 10-3 with 1.96 ERA, 96 strikeouts in 106 innings pitched…Brevard finished fourth in the state with a 29-21 record…Dean's List student…Drafted in the 43rd round (No. 1280) by the Colorado Rockies in the 2002 MLB Draft…Pitched and played shortstop for head coach Ken Auxier at Cocoa High School…Named All State honorable mention, Second Team All Conference and selected to play in conference all star game…Hit .340 with four home runs, finished with 2-4 record, 1.17 ERA in 60 innings pitched as a senior…Also named First Team All Conference in soccer…J. Kyle Braid Leadership Award recipient…Several relatives have attended the University of Florida- brother Tyson, cousins Amy and Aaron Anderson and Heather and Chris Hoyman…Son of Robert and Robin Hoyman of Cocoa.

LONGWOOD'S ADAM SANABRIA SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT WITH FLORIDA BASEBALL

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida baseball program and head coach Pat McMahon announced the signing of Adam Sanabria (Longwood, Fla./Tallahassee C.C./Lake Mary H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent this week. April 10 marked the first day of the official spring signing period for NCAA Division I baseball.

"We are extremely pleased to have Adam join our program," Florida head coach Pat McMahon said. "Adam is an outstanding young man. He will add much to our pitching staff."

A five-foot-11, 175-pound lefthanded pitcher, Sanabria finished 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA, two saves and 67 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched for head coach Mike McLeod at Tallahassee Community College this spring. He appeared in 15 games and registered four starts in his freshman year and was named to the Phi Theta Kappa junior college academic honorary society.

As a high school senior in 2001, Sanabria was selected for All State, All County and All Conference honors as a senior at Lake Mary High School. He was also named Seminole County Player of the Year and a FACA All Star selection after finishing with an 11-3 record, 2.10 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched as a senior. Lake Mary finished 28-4 during his senior year. He was also selected in the 32nd round of 2001 MLB Draft by Toronto Blue Jays. Last summer he played on the American Legion Post 53 squad which finished 50-2 and won the state championship.

"We felt that we needed another lefthanded pitcher," Florida assistant coach Ross Jones said. "With the absence of Keith Ramsey and Jimmy Ramshaw, we felt we needed another lefthanded pitcher in the mix. Adam was one of the top pitchers in the state and we are happy to have him at Florida."

Sanabria is the son of Izzy and Wanda Sanabria of Longwood.

"It is a dream come true to become part of the Florida Gator baseball family," Sanabria said. "It is a great opportunity to play under first-class coaches in a first-class facility.

In addition to Sanabria, Florida signed five other student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent during the spring singing period- Justin Stiver (Englewood, Fla./Charlotte H.S.), Justin Hoyman (Cocoa, Fla./Brevard C.C.), Derek Bell (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter H.S.), Denard Span (Tampa, Fla./Catholic H.S.) and John Paul Castro (Key West, Fla./Polk C.C./Key West H.S.). The Florida baseball program has now signed 15 total student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. The Gators signed nine student-athletes this fall including Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte H.S.), Brett Dowdy (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee C.C./Manatee H.S.), Jimmy Kubek (St. Petersburg, Fla./Seminole H.S.), Christian Madson (Valrico, Fla./Bloomingdale HS.), Craig Pearson (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown), Andy Putnel (Lake Alfred, Fla./Auburndale), Alan Rick (Palatka, Fla./Palatka), Lee Roberson (Fayetteville, Ga./Tallahassee C.C./Fayette County H.S.) and Justin Tordi (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips H.S.).

2001 FLORIDA BASEBALL SIGNEE BIOS

ADAM SANABRIA

LHP · 5-11 · 175 · L/L · Longwood, Fla./Tallahassee C.C./Lake Mary H.S.

Lefthanded pitcher…Finished 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA, two saves and 67 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched, 15 appearances and four starts as a freshman at Tallahassee Community College…Played for head coach Mike McLeod…Named Phi Theta Kappa junior college honorary society…Selected to All State, All County and All Conference honors as a senior at Lake Mary High School…Also named Seminole County Player of the Year and FACA All Star selection after finishing with 11-3 record, 2.10 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched as a senior…Led Lake Mary to 28-4 overall record as a senior…Selected in 32nd round of 2001 MLB Draft by Toronto Blue Jays…Helped lead Tallahassee C.C. to 40-15 record…Played on the American Legion Post 53 squad which finished 50-2 and won the state championship…Son of Izzy and Wanda Sanabria of Longwood, Fla.


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