THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2008
Baseball’s 2008 recruiting class gets national recognition
After having their recruiting classes ranked in the top 40 in each of the past two seasons, the Dolphin baseball team’s 2008 recruiting class received honorable mention honors in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40 poll.
After spending his previous 14 years as a recruiting coordinator at Fresno State, Arkansas, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara, associate head coach Tim Montez now has been involved with 12 recruiting classes that have earned national recognition. Chris Hayes, JU’s recruiting coordinator for the past three years, was also instrumental in putting this final class together before accepting the head baseball coach position at Seminole Community College in July.
“Even though we didn’t bring in a big class, compared to last years, we feel we have just as talented of a group,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “Coach Montez and former assistant Chris Hayes did a wonderful job of identifying not only good players, but outstanding students in the classroom. These young men came from outstanding programs and just about every one of our high school players won a state championship. It is always nice to be mentioned on a national level and it is a tribute to all of the administration and faculty here at JU.”
Among the recruits mentioned for the Dolphins are local products Baker Chapman (Pitcher, Stanton), Jimmy Howick (Shortstop, Bishop Kenney) and Jonathan Murphy (Outfielder, Providence) along with OF Joey Belviso (Plantation, Fla.), RHP Christopher Kaminski (Richmond, Texas), RHP/IF Clay Kollenbaum (Dunedin, Fla.), OF/LHP Kyle Kriech (Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.) and OF Esterlin Perozo (Bronx, N.Y.). Belviso, who led American Heritage High School to a state title as a senior, was a late round selection by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Kaminski, a starter and closer at Weatherford Junior College in 2008, finished his freshman campaign with a 6-0 record, four saves, a 3.86 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 63 innings as he helped the Coyotes to a 35-17 overall record. He also had an impressive 1.69 ERA during North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference (NTJCAC) action.
Murphy, who was named all-state and led Providence High School to a state championship his senior season, is the younger brother of former Dolphin and current New York Met outfielder Daniel Murphy.