Gator Baseball Catches a Break

New Gator Baseball Coach Kevin O'Sullivan won't coach his first game for another six months, but he just picked up his first big win in Orange and Blue. Top pitching prospect Tommy Toledo turned down the pros and will instead pitch for the Gators next season.

Toledo, who was the Tampa Tribune's player of the year in 2007 was the 117th player chosen in the major league baseball draft back in June – the third round selection of the San Diego Padres. It's not known how much money he turned down from the Padres, but the player chosen directly above him received $242,000 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

O'Sullivan is understandably pleased with the news, "We are excited that Tommy will be attending classes at the University of Florida and joining the Gator baseball program", O'Sullivan said in a statement released by the Athletic Association.

The addition of Toledo is a big plus for the Gators who lost returning ace Bryan Augenstein earlier this summer along with signees Jiwan James and John Tolisano.

Apparently Toledo won't be coming to Gainesville alone. The Tampa Tribune is reporting his high school teammate and best friend, infielder Chris Freshcord has signed with the Gators and will room with Toledo at UF. Another teammate, senior to be lefty Alex Panteliodis reportedly has committed to join them next year.

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