MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2004
Baseball Inks Three During Early Signing Period
Nov. 15, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team announced the signing of SS/RHP Kyle Miller (Jacksonville, Fla.) and C Brad Simmons (Jacksonville, Fla.) of Terry Parker High School and 1B/OF Alex Martinez (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) of Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, N.Y., to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, head coach Terry Alexander announced today. The trio marked the first signees for the Dolphins this season.
Miller batted .433 with 15 doubles, four home runs and 28 RBI as a junior en route to First-Team All-Gateway Conference and third-team all-area honors. He also finished with a 5-3 record on the mound and won the Team One Invitational 2004 Independence Day Tournament Home Run Derby. As a sophomore, Miller hit .350 and was named to the Top-5 Sophomores to Watch list by The Florida Times Union. He was recently chosen to play shortstop in the Florida Diamond Club Classic. His uncle, Bill Miller, was a member of the JU baseball squad in 1976, and his father, Randy, played baseball at Florida Community College in Jacksonville before signing with the Baltimore Orioles.
Simmons earned First-Team All-Gateway Conference honors as a junior after batting .395 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 32 RBI. He also earned second-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore after hitting .420 with 10 doubles, a home run and 15 RBI.
Martinez batted .579 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI en route to all-Section I, all-region, all-state and league Most Valuable Players honors as a junior. He earned all-Section I and league MVP accolades as a sophomore after batting .490 with six homers and 37 RBI. Martinez also led the Hornets to a 56-15 combined record including a section title as a freshman and a Section I Conference A title as a sophomore. His coach, Dennis Robinson, Sr., is the father of former Dolphin and current Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dennis Robinson (2003-04).
"We signed three of the top five players we had targeted headed into recruiting for this year," said Alexander, who is in his 15th season of running the Dolphin program. "We are extremely excited about the quality of our early signing class, and each one is going to make an immediate impact on our program."
The Dolphins will open the 2005 season at Alexander Brest Field against Florida A&M on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m.