WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2005
Baseball Signs Anthony Bernazard to National Letter of Intent
May 11, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team announced the signing of 5-foot-8 switch-hitting shortstop Anthony Bernazard (Princeton, N.J.) of Princeton High School to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Terry Alexander announced today. Bernazard joins left-handed pitcher Garrett Dunlap (Phoenix, Ariz.), shortstop/right-handed pitcher Kyle Miller (Jacksonville/Terry Parker), catcher Brad Simmons (Jacksonville/Terry Parker) and first baseman/outfielder Alex Martinez (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) of Lakeland High School, as part of the Dolphins' 2005-06 recruiting class.
Bernazard, who transferred to Princeton High School for his senior season, has only played in three games this year due to a New Jersey transfer rule. In three games, he is batting .545 (6-11) and also recorded his 100th career stolen base without being thrown out. As a junior, he led The Pendleton (Fla.) School to a 22-5 record after batting .411 with a home run, 26 stolen bases and no errors in the field. He also received an invitation to participate in the Junior Nationals tryout and the Tournament of the Stars in Joplin, Miss. As a sophomore at Princeton Day (N.J.) School, Bernazard earned first-team all-state honors after batting .581 with five home runs, 10 triples, 27 RBI and only one error in the field, while also breaking his own state record with 36 stolen bases. During his freshman season, he earned first-team all-state accolades after batting .509 with four home runs, seven doubles, 12 triples and 20 RBI, while setting the previous state record with 33 stolen bases.
His father, Tony Bernazard, who is currently the Special Assistant to the GM with the New York Mets, was an infielder in the major leagues from 1979-1991 with the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's and the Detroit Tigers.
"Anthony is an outstanding young man who will bring a new level of excitement to our program," said Alexander, who is in his 15th season of running the Dolphin program. "His versatility and speed will give him an opportunity to make an immediate impact as a freshman."
The Dolphins complete a four-game season series against No. 11 Florida State at Mike Martin Field on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m.