Scrimmage Report: 11/7

With just under one week left in fall baseball practice, the Gators went through another scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

The pitching staff wasn't as crisp as normal on Wednesday, but there were still some arms that stood out.

It was another strong outing by sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi. He threw two innings without allowing a base runner. His velocity is still good enough to get outs with the fastball when he made mistakes with it, but there just haven't been many mistakes with it this fall.

The changeup is still the go-to pitch. It sinks and has plenty of movement inside to right-handed hitters. As I've written a few times, his curveball is sharper this year and a better weapon. It was business as usual for Magliozzi on Wednesday. It has been a really strong fall for the sophomore.

On the other end, sophomore right-hander Ryan Harris struggled. His velocity has been up to 96 mph consistently this fall, but his control wasn't good on Wednesday. He fell behind hitters and walked guys. His pitches are good enough to get strikeouts when he walks guys.

He'll need to be better if Florida can out on him late in the game this spring. He gave up too many hard hits balls on Wednesday, but every time you see him pitch, the potential is easy to see. He can be really good when he's locating.

At the plate, Vickash Ramjit had another big day. The senior first baseman is hitting over .400 this fall, and the coaches love what his swing looks like. It's shorter and more focused towards the ball, and Ramjit is staying balanced better this fall.

He hit the first pitch he saw from sophomore right-hander Aaron Rhodes off the right field wall for a double. He put on a showing during batting practice by pulling the ball and then hit the ball the other way in the scrimmage.

With a runner on second and no outs, Ramjit gave himself up and hit a ground ball to first base to move the runner up. The coaches noticed it and were very happy with his approach at the plate. Ramjit is vocal on the field and the emotional leader of this team. As long as he stays healthy, Ramjit will have his best season at Florida this spring.

Sophomore outfielder Justin Shafer just hits. He's as steady as they come and continues to square up the baseball. He hit the ball hard twice, once on a single to left and once on a double to right-center. He'll probably play in right field this year, and he's always going to hit.

Senior infielder Cody Dent had a big day at the plate. He had a drag bunt for a single and lined another single to right field on a hit and run. The big blows came in the middle innings. Dent pounded triples over the center fielder's head on back-to-back at bats.

His defense is still on the same level it has been since Dent stepped foot on campus. He's as smooth as they come while catching and throwing the ball, but the issue has always been the bat. He'll never hit at an elite level, but Dent does look stronger this fall.

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan recently called sophomore catcher Taylor Gushue one of the most improved players on the team, and he showed it again on Wednesday. His defense has really improved. Gushue was sometimes a liability behind the plate when he gave Mike Zunino a rest last season. His defense has been night and day from how it looked last year.

There are still times where he goes back to bad habits, but when he's clean mechanically, the sophomore looks really good. His arm is much better. Don't expect anywhere close to Zunino-type defense behind the plate, but Gushue is good enough to hold his own in the SEC. He also had some big hits on Wednesday.

Sophomore infielder Josh Tobias played only in the outfield on Wednesday. It's probably just to create depth and prepare players to play in different positions if necessary. Tobias had to leave the scrimmage early, so he wanted to get some at-bats before he left. He hit three straight times during the scrimmage. It started with back-to-back hard line drives to left field for singles, and his third at-bat ended with a first-pitch single to right field.

Freshman outfielder Christian Dicks made a nice catch in foul territory in left field. After going full speed toward the short wall in front of the Florida bullpen, Dicks slowed down perfectly and made an over the shoulder catch without making contact with the wall. He's a really good athlete.

It wouldn't be a scrimmage report without some praise for freshman shortstop Richie Martin. He smoked line drives to left field and right field, and he's a pest on the bases. There's some big time upside here.

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