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Prep notes: Plant alum Ramos signs with Yankees

By ANDY VILLAMARZO
Tribune staff

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Former Plant infielder Graham Ramos signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees last week, making him the third member of his family to sign a pro contract with the organization.

Ramos drove in 24 runs and hit seven homers in his senior season at Plant in 2009 before playing collegiately at the University of Tampa (2010-11) and Lander University (2013-14). At Lander last season, Ramos hit .339 with seven home runs and 67 RBIs.

Ramos’ uncles, John and Paul Ramos, were both signed by the Yankees as well. Paul was a pitcher in the minor league system, while John was an all-state catcher at Plant, played at Stanford and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1986 draft, reaching the major league club in 1991.

Baseball

Tampa Catholic’s Conor Grady and Bloomingdale’s Austin James have been selected to compete in the USA Baseball 17U National Development Team training program in Cary, N.C., from Aug. 11-15.

Grady, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound pitcher, will be a sophomore this season for the Crusaders and has a fastball clocked at 88 mph at a recent Perfect Game showcase.

“Conor has gone out and really developed in the last year in a way that certainly deserves some attention,” Tampa Catholic coach Ty Griffin said.

James, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound infielder, helped Bloomingdale reach the Class 8A state final last season, driving in 19 runs and scoring 11.

“This is pretty amazing,” James said. “There are going to be pro and college scouts and coaches helping out there. It’s going to be a really great experience.”

Jakob Hines, a 13-year-old student at St. Lawrence Catholic, has been invited to the 14U National Development Team training this week also in Cary, N.C. Hines, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound catcher, was selected for USA Baseball’s first-ever 12-and-under team that traveled to Chinese-Taipei, playing in an 18-country tournament.

Basketball

Bruno Buonsanto was named the Gulf High girls basketball coach, athletic director Shari McFarlane announced.

Buonsanto replaces Claire Ennis, who coached Gulf the past two seasons. Ennis compiled a record of 44-11 with two district titles. Buonsanto was an assistant on Ennis’ staff last season and has been heavily involved with youth basketball in the New Port Richey area.

Lacrosse

Jesuit senior attacker Stephano Mastro has verbally committed to Mount St. Mary’s. A Tribune All-Hillsborough County First-Team selection as a junior, Mastro finished the 2014 season with 24 goals and 27 assists despite missing a few games due to injury.

Nick Williams, Jarrett Guthrie, Andy Villamarzo

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