September 9, 2011

McNickle Adds Impressive List of Newcomers to 2011-12 Roster

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.

"Looking at our needs and trying to address some of our deficiencies from last season, and then you look at this group of young men and see their positions and their experience level; we feel confident that we accomplished our goal," McNickle said of his roster improvements.  "We are excited about the quality of these student-athletes that have joined the Saint Leo University baseball family" 

Freshman:

Tyrone Miller
5-10, 175lb
RHP, Fr.
Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Bay Tech

Starting as a reliever his freshman year in high school, Miller worked his way into the starting rotation where he held opposing batters to just a .215 average his senior year.  Throwing over 50 innings, the right-hander posted a 1.97 earned run average and finished 2011 with 78 strikeouts, second in Hillsborough County.  His 2011 season included three complete games on the hill for the Titans.
Also a threat at the plate, Miller finished his high school career with a .312 batting average and a .422 slugging percentage.
Miller was the first baseball player for Tampa Bay Tech Coach Jason Gordon to sign a baseball scholarship in his four seasons, and by signing close to home will allow his family to watch him contribute to the Lions. 
 

Brandon Mumaw
5-10, 165lb
LHP, Fr.
Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Wesley Chapel

In 2011 Mumaw finished with a 10-1 record and a 1.33 earned-run average, while striking out 72 batters. Beginning in his sophomore year, he had a streak of winning 18 straight games.  He posted a 1.33 earned run average while only surrendering 16 bases-on-balls. 
A first-team Pasco Tribune all-county selection, he was the first baseball player in school history to be selected to participate in 2011's Florida Athletic Coaches Association State All-Star game. 

Transfers:

Zach Miller
6-0, 195lb
Utility, Sr.
Dardenne Prairie, Mo./Saint Louis University
Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America his first season playing for Saint Louis, Miller batted .294 during his three years playing for the Billikens.  He knocked in 61 RBI during his freshman season, setting a record for first-year players at Saint Louis.  Playing in 154 total games for the Billikens he tallied 30 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs.
A solid infielder, he posted a .954 fielding percentage in three years' time.
Prior to his time at the Division I SLU, Miller played two seasons for Mike Rimmer's Jaguars where he hit .444 with 15 extra-base hits, 29 RBIs and 38 runs scored his senior season.  For his efforts, he earned All-GAC first-team honors and was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro team as he helped the team to a 21-5 record. 


Taed Moses
6-1, 175lb
Utility, Jr.
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.

Charles Neely
6-0, 175lb
RHP, Jr.
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.

Ryan Sadler
6-6, 230lb
RHP, So.
Naples, Fla/Broward College/Georgia Southern
Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 39th round, Sadler instead opted to play at the collegiate level.   He was a three-time All-Conference and Honor Roll selection at Naples High School as he was selected the high school conference's 'Pitcher of the Year' and was named All-State.  He was ranked among the 'Top 100' prospects in Florida throughout his high school career and helped lead his 2009 team to a State Championship.  After a year at Georgia Southern, Sadler transferred to Broward College and tossed 20 innings where he went 2-1.


Michael Revell
6-3, 210lb
OF/3B, Jr.
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. 
 

Dillon Vitale
6-1, 205lb
UTL/RHP, Jr.
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.

Vitale signed with FIU and pitched in 12 games before transferring to Chipola College where he appeared in 41 games on the mound. Finishing with 36 innings under his belt, Vitale racked up a record of 3-2 with 19 strike outs as an Indian.
At the plate he batted .227 with four double and 10 RBI.
All eight newcomers have started attending classes at Saint Leo for the fall semester and will begin their fall season with the team.  They will be on the roster for Opening Day in early February.