The Gators just finished a season where freshmen led them to the College World Series. When the 2010 freshmen class was draft eligible out of high school, Florida had four commitments playing in the Aflac game.
This fall, they will have five.
In 2008, Michael Heller, Austin Maddox, LeVon Washington and Mike Zunino played in the game. Maddox led the 2010 Gators in home runs (17) and RBIs (72), while Zunino was the starting catcher all year and named to the Freshman All-America Team. Heller tore his ACL before the season and didn't pitch, but he is expected to play a large role out of the bullpen in 2011. Washington was a first round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, but after he didn't sign, he went to Chipola Junior College.
With as good as the freshmen class was for the Gators in 2010, this recruiting class will have more players in the Aflac game than the ones who were on the Florida campus in the spring.
Michael Kelly, John Magliozzi, Brandon Sedell, Josh Tobias and Sean Trent will play for the East team as the five Florida commitments.
Kelly is one of the top right-handed pitchers in the 2011 draft class. The 6-5, 195-pounder has the wiry frame to be a good pitcher. He throws in the low 90s and gets sink on all of his pitches, inducing ground balls most of the time. The West Boca Raton pitcher has an easy and repeatable wind up, which allows him to focus on relaxing and throwing strikes. His body is projectable and looks capable of carrying at least 20 more pounds of muscle.
Magliozzi is a rare out-of-state commitment, as he pitches for Dexter High School in Massachusetts. While Kelly is a tall pitcher and teams imagine how much better he can become as he matures, Magliozzi is the opposite. He is 5-10, 175 pounds with a great arm. His fastball is in the low 90s, but he knows how to pitch. He has an advanced knowledge for a high school pitcher of what pitches to throw in each situation. He already has an advanced feel for his changeup, something Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan loves to see his pitchers use.
Sedell is the top catcher in Florida for the 2011 class. The 6-2, 200-pound hit .670 with six home runs and 30 RBIs as a junior. His potential to hit for power is unquestioned. He can also play first and third base. As a freshman, Sedell played on the American Heritage High School team that won the national championship. He hit seven home runs that season but has raised the level of his game to take a leadership role in the program.
Tobias is a switch hitter whose 6.3 60-yard dash time makes him the fastest high school player in the country. There is some unnecessary movement in his swing before he gets his front foot down, but the remainder of his swing is short and easy from both sides of the plate. The Southeast Guilford (NC) High School product is still raw, but his work ethic is off the charts. He recently showed some increase power, making his draft stock jump potentially into the first round. He plays middle infield in high school but could play multiple positions at the next level.
Trent projects as a third baseman or corner outfielder at the next level. Wherever he plays, there aren't questions about his bat. The 6-1, 205-pounder has quick hands that generate above average bat speed from his balanced stance. He makes consistent hard contact and can hit the ball the other way with authority. He hits the ball in the gaps, which scouts expect to turn into home run power as he matures. Defensively, he is quick enough to project at whatever position he is needed to play. He has the arm to play the outfield. The only area where Trent isn't above average comes with his speed, but he ran a respectable 6.8 60-yard dash last year.
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