TAMPA - University of South Florida head baseball coach and reigning BIG EAST Coach of the Year Lelo Prado has announced the signing of five high school recruits and one junior college transfer to National Letters of Intent for the 2010-11 academic year.
The class of 2010-11 includes: Kyle Ryan, LHP, Auburndale High School, Auburndale, Fla.; Thomas Dorminy, LHP, Alonso High School, Tampa, Fla.; James Ramsey, OF, Brandon High School, Brandon, Fla.; Kyle Waldrop, OF, Riverdale High School, Fort Myers, Fla.; Nick Gonzalez, LHP, Leto High School, Tampa, Fla.; Andrew Loynaz, RHP, Rollins College /American Heritage High School, Plantation, Fla.
"This is a great recruiting class, with a tremendous amount of talent and players that can have a positive impact immediately," said Prado "These players expect to come in and play right off the bat. These six players can take us where we want to go and that is Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series."
This class is the fourth of Prado's tenure at USF.
The class is headlined by three of the top eight left handed pitching prospects in the talent rich state of Florida, including the top left hander in the state. In addition to multiple post-season honorees, the class features the Max Prep National Junior of the Year and a member of the USA Under-18 National Team that won the gold medal at the Pan Am Championships in Venezuela.
Of the six signees, four hail from Tampa, and will join 16 Bulls already on the USF roster from the Bay Area.
All six will likely be faced with a tough-decision next June when the 2010 MLB Draft occurs. All have received high marks from a number of the professional scouting services.
"I hope to see all of them here on the USF campus," said Prado. "I'm sure they will all be drafted, but we want them to come here and spend three years in college and properly prepare for the next level."
Kyle Ryan - Auburndale High School - Auburndale, Fla.
A 6-4 lefty with a big upside, his fastball tops out at 89... Helped lead Auburndale to the district championship in 2009 and was 4-4 with a 2.15 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52 regular-season innings... Spent September and part of October with the USA Under-18 National team at the Pan Am Championships in Venezuela, going 1-0 with no runs allowed and seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings... Was one of 25 players selected to the team... Ranked as the No. 58 prospect in Florida and the No. 8 left handed pitcher in the state by Prospect Wire.
What USF Assistant Coach Lazer Collazo has to say about Kyle Ryan...
"The big thing with Kyle is he hasn't developed his body yet, so he is still a little thin but once he gets stronger he has great potential. He is going to be a weekend starter for us."
Thomas Dorminy - Alonso High School - Tampa, Fla.
Started the season as Alonso's No. 2 pitcher but took over as the ace after current Bull and 2009 signee Ray Delphey went down with a season-ending knee injury... Flourished as Alonso's No. 1 going 12-0 with two complete games... Named MaxPreps National Junior of the Year... Hillsborough County Pitcher of the Year... Earned First Team 6A All-State honors... Named the St. Pete Times All-Suncoast Pitcher of the Year... Helped lead the Ravens to a 6A state championship as he went 12-0 on the season with a 1.04 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings pitched... He was 3-0 in the playoffs, including a no-hitter against Melbourne in the region finals... In the playoffs alone, Dorminy pitched 20.1 innings, striking out 30... He threw a complete game shutout against defending state champ Lake Brantley in the Class 6A state semifinal... Starred at the plate hitting a .370 clip with six homers and 31 RBI... Led Alonso to a No. 5 national ranking by MaxPrep... Rated the No. 1 left handed pitcher in the state of Florida by Prospect Wire, No. 10 prospect overall in Florida... Ranked No. 407 nationally by Perfect Game... Invited to participate in the famed Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
What USF Assistant Coach Lazer Collazo has to say about Thomas Dorminy...
"Thomas is another lefty with really good stuff that we are fortunate to sign. Thomas is tough. He is a fierce competitor. He comes right at you. Good, good breaking ball with a solid fastball. He was the pitcher that got Alonso to the state finals. He is the type of guy you want with the ball."
James Ramsey - Brandon High School - Brandon, Fla.
Named the St. Petersburg Times Hillsborough County Baseball Player of the Year as a sophomore... 2008 All-Hillsborough County as a sophomore... Missed all but three games of junior season due to a season-ending knee injury ... Named 2008 Saladino Tournament MVP where he went 13-for-19 during the five-game stretch and set a new tournament record for hits. ... Hit .467 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs with 30 RBI and 35 runs scored while helping Brandon reach the Class 5A state tournament in 2008... Florida Sports Writers Association Class 5A first team all-state selection... Committed just one error in centerfield... Ranked the No. 34 overall prospect in the state of Florida by Prospect Wire and No. 8 outfield prospect... Perfect Game ranked him No. 394 prospect in the nation.
What USF Assistant Coach Bryant Ward has to say James Ramsey...
"We have been hearing about James Ramsay since we got here in 2006. He has been one of the state's premier players for years and we are ecstatic that he chose the University of South Florida. James is a great athlete who will make an immediate impact for us. He can hit for power and average, he can run and throw, and he has the ability to play all three outfield spots at the highest level. USF fans are going to see a top quality player and a top quality person in James Ramsay. I can't wait to see him in the Green and Gold."
Kyle Waldrop - Riverdale - Fort Myers, Fla.
Went 3-0 as a junior with 1.57 ERA... Allowed opposing batters to hit just .139 off of him... Struck out 22 batters in three starts... Hit .292 with 30 RBI, 25 runs scored and seven home runs for the Raiders... Missed half of his sophomore season with a broken hand and half of his junior season with a broken leg... Also a standout on the gridiron at wide receiver and safety for Riverdale... Rated the 121st best safety in country by Scout.com.
What USF Assistant Coach Bryant Ward has to say about Kyle Waldrop ...
"Kyle is an athletic outfielder who has an incredibly high ceiling. Kyle is going to hit for average and power, and he will fit in great with our style of play. He is a tough kid and it shows up on the field. I am excited to get him on campus so we can go to work. His best days are ahead of him and we expect great things from Kyle both on and off the field."
Nick Gonzalez - Leto High School - Tampa, Fla.
Became the first Leto baseball player to sign a Division I offer in nearly a decade since Jon Uhl signed with USF in 2000... Became Leto's ace as a junior... Went 4-2 with a 1.98 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 42.1 innings last season as a junior... All-Hillsborough County Honorable Mention... Played for the Ohio-based travel ball club Midland Braves ... Fastball consistently touches 88-90 ... Prospect Wire lists him as the No. 6 left handed pitched in the state of Florida and No. 40 prospect overall in the state.
What USF Assistant Coach Lazer Collazo has to say about Nick Gonzalez...
"Nick is one of the top pitchers in the United States. This past summer he played for the Midland Braves in Ohio, in one of the top collegiate summer leagues. He's a lefty with good size, 6-4, with great stuff ... He's around 88-90 with a very good change up and breaking ball. He's a very good competitor. He is definitely a kid we're looking at to come in and be a weekend starter."
Andrew Loynaz - American Heritage High School - Rollins College - Plantation, Fla.
2009(Rollins College): Spent the 2009 Season at Rollins College ... Pitched in 14 games, starting three games.
Prep: As a senior, went 4-0 in his senior campaign with a 2.66 ERA in helping guide American Heritage High School to win the 2008 Florida 3A state championship and No. 2 ranking by MaxPrep... Struck out 28 batters in just 26 innings pitched, walking just six batters... Appeared in 10 games, including four starts as a senior... All-Broward County Honorable Mention.
What USF Assistant Coach Lazer Collazo has to say about Andrew Loynaz...
"We feel very fortunate that we have Andrew. We see Andrew as more of closer for us. He can bring it anywhere from 89 to 92. He has a good, hard slider. He is going to come in with a strong amount of experience from Rollins College, which plays a very tough schedule."