Baseball Announces 2014 Early Signees
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University baseball Head Coach Tim Montez has announced his first recruiting class since taking over the reigns of the Dolphins storied program at the conclusion of this past season. A 27 year coaching veteran, including 23 at the Division I level, Montez played a different role in landing yet another talented class.

“Recruiting is a team effort and after serving as the primary recruiting coordinator for the better part of my 23 years as a Division I coach, I entrusted our first year Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Chuck Jeroloman and Assistant Head Coach Chris Hayes to take over,” said Montez, who has coached, recruited or worked with 15 major league players in his career.

“Led by Chuck’s organization and enthusiasm our staff did a tremendous job and assembled what I feel is a top 40 recruiting class. We still have a couple of slots to fill in the spring but the future looks bright with this first class. I would humbly like to thank everyone from our admissions office to all our academic support people who made this recruiting class possible.”

Michael Baumann- 6’5” RHP; Mahtomedi, Minnesota
• Plays for Coach John Hardgrove at Mahtomedi High School
• Owns a fastball between 87-90 mph with solid command of three pitches
• A physical athlete with tremendous upside that is a possible draft pick in June
• Also stars on the football field for Mahtomedi playing offensive and defensive line
• Has excelled in the classroom earning scholar athlete recognition
• Son of Thomas and Leslie Baumann

Spencer Stockton- 6’3” RHP from Wellington, Florida
• Plays for Coach Scott Riddle at Wellington High School
• Is a pitch ability pitcher that has continued developing throughout his high school career
• Fastball has been up to 89 mph this past summer
• Is expected to continue to develop as he gets stronger and fills out his 6’3” frame
• Named MVP of the 2012 Orlando Spring Break Slam
• Is a member of the National Honor Society
• Son of Dick and Liz Stockton
• His father (Dick) was a world-class tennis professional owning eight career titles and reaching #8 in the world in 1977

Sean Gabel- 6’2” RHP from Boca Raton, Florida
• Plays for Coach Nick Siano at West Boca High School
• Has electric stuff with a fastball up to 90mph, a well above average slider and a developing changeup
• Played alongside of fellow signee Spencer Stockton for Palm Beach PAL over the summer and fall.
• Son of Dan and Sheila Gabel

Sam Armstrong- 6’1” Left-handed hitting infielder from Ocala, Florida
• Plays for Coach Jed Yancey at Ocala Forest High School
• Is a strong bodied infielder that can really run and hit
• Approach at the plate is very advanced for a high school player
• Plays for the Florida Hardballers during the summer and fall
• Son of Scott and Shelly Armstrong
• His father (Scott) played middle linebacker at the University of Florida (1984-86) where he was college teammates with JU football coach Kerwin Bell and was a 12th round NFL Draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1987

Max Abramson- 6’2” Right-handed hitting infielder/outfielder from Maitland, Florida
• Plays for Coach Keith Walsh at Edgewater High School
• Has excelled on the playing field as well as in the classroom throughout his high school career
• Is a physical right-handed hitter that can play first base, third base as well as both left and right field
• His power and advanced approach at the plate make him a presence in the box
• Plays for the Orlando Scorpions during the summer and fall
• Son of Mark and Laura Abramson

Casey Kulina- 5’9” LHP from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
• Plays for Coach Al Corbeil at Polk State College
• Started his college playing career at Penn State appearing in 20 games as a freshman in 2012
• Struck out 23 batters in 20.2 innings for Penn State
• Extremely competitive on the mound
• Finished his high school career with 251 strikeouts and a career record of 21-8 to reach second all-time in wins at Lower Dauphin High School
• Named the Mid Penn Conference MVP as a junior and senior after leading Lower Dauphin to Mid Penn Conference Titles
• Was a member of the National Honors Society
• Son of Ken and Kim Kulina
• His father (Ken, 1988-89) and uncle (Kelly, 1982-83) both played baseball at JU
• Ken was a 38th round pick of Toronto Blue Jays in the 1989 MLB June Amateur Draft

David Boyle- 5’ 11” Right-handed hitting infielder from St. Augustine, Florida
• Plays for Coach Mac Mackiewitz at Providence School
• Is a strong bodied corner infielder
• Has a good approach at the plate and bat speed with gap to gap power
• Plays for the Scorpions North during the summer and fall
• Son of Alan and Edda Boyle

Casey Cribb- 6’2” Right-handed hitting catcher from Jacksonville, Florida
• Plays for Coach Mac Mackiewitz at Providence School
• Is a very polished defensive catcher
• Has the presence on the field coaches want from that position
• Has lots of potential to be a force at the plate as well possessing well above average bat speed for a high school player
• Hit .400 as a junior in 2013
• Named a Prospect Wire All-American
• Caught three Division I signees while helping Providence to a state championship in 2012
• Plays for FTB during the summer and fall
• Has plans to go to medical school
• Son of Dennis and Amanda Cribb

Bryce Baker- 6’ RHP from Fleming Island, Florida
• Plays for Coach Don Suriano at Fleming Island High School
• Is a strong bodied right–handed pitcher
• Fastball has been up to 89 mph this summer and fall
• Also features a plus two-seam fastball with command of three pitches
• His best attribute is his competitiveness and toughness on the mound
• Plays for the Scorpions North during the summer and fall
• Son of Charlie and Cindy Baker