SAINT LEO, Fla. – Entering his fourth year, Saint Leo University baseball coach Russ McNickle has unveiled the list of newcomers who will wear the Green and Gold for the Lions in the upcoming 2012 baseball season. The list includes two local freshmen who made a splash at the high school ranks and six transfers with impressive resumes at previous institutions.
Tampa Bay Tech
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Dardenne Prairie, Mo./Saint Louis University
Valrico, Fla./Florida State University
Moses transfers to Saint Leo after spending one year on the sidelines in Tallahassee. Prior to joining the Seminoles, the Durant, Fla. native spent one year at South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Fla. where he had a successful career for the Panthers. He hit .387 with 50 runs, 51 RBI's and an on-base percentage of .424 in 2010. He was also named a Second-Team All-Suncoast Conference performer in Region 8.
Not only does he bring skill to the diamond, but also to the classroom as he earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors while at SFCC.
While at Durant High School, Moses hit .342 for the Cougars with a .410 on-base percentage and a .534 slugging percentage.
Ocala, Fla./College of Central Florida
Starting his pitching career at Belleview High School, Neely played his freshman year at Polk State College, and then transferred to the College of Central Florida where tossed 44 innings in this sophomore season. Appearing in 18 games during the season he finished 1-1. Averaging 0.91 strikeouts per inning, he finished the 2011 season with 40 strikeouts.
Naples, Fla/Broward College/Georgia Southern
Havana, Fla./Chipola College
Revell comes to Saint Leo after two seasons at Chipola College. Drafted by the Texas Rangers out of Florida High School in the 16th round of the 2009 MLB draft, he instead opted to go to Chipola College. Registering 39 RBI in his final season, he held nearly a .300 batting average, a .380 on-base percentage and .692 slugging percentage. He was also a 3A All-State player in 2009 coming out of Florida High School.
Punta Gorda, Fla./Chipola College
Named the High School Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and the defensive player of the year in 2008 Vitale's credentials go beyond the diamond as he was also a recipient of the Tommy Murphy Leadership Award in 2009.