The Miami Hurricanes 2018 baseball season is less than a week away from kicking off. The Canes are one of the top ranked ranked team in the ACC heading into the season. Veterans like Romy Gonzalez, Jeb Bargfeldt, Andrew Cabezas and Michael Burns will be counted on to be the leaders and top players on the roster. While these guys are very talented, there are a few new incomers who could make an impact this upcoming season. Miami’s head coach Jim Morris will need some of the newest Canes to contribute in 2018 as they will try to defend their championship. Here are five newcomers who could make an impact for the Miami Hurricanes in the 2018 season.
1B Alex Toral
The Miami Hurricanes received a gift after the 2017 MLB Draft. They were able to keep Perfect Game All-American Alex Toral. The Archbishop McCarthy infielder was expected to be take in the first few rounds of the MLB Draft. Due to an ankle injury and a rough senior season, Toral didn’t get drafted which meant Toral would become a Cane. Toral is expected to make a huge impact on the Hurricanes this season as he’ll likely start at first base this season. Christopher Barr has graduated which opened up first base for Toral or Connor Allen. The big lefty was one of the top high school hitters in the country and will need to be a big part of the lineup. At the end of the season, Toral could be one of the top freshmen in the ACC and country.
INF Freddy Zamora
Another in-state prospect that could definitely make a big impact on the Hurricanes this season in Freddy Zamora. The Miami Killian infielder was one of the top prep players in the region. He is a very sound defensive shortstop with good range, soft hands and very good arm strength. The Canes lost their starting shortstop last season which could really help Zamora get on the field early. Zamora will definitely be an upgrade on defense but he is also a good hitter. Zamora is a right-handed hitter with a line drive approach and could drive the ball to the gaps. He doesn’t have the fastest 60 time but it really doesn’t reflect how game fast is he. Zamora could be the starting shortstop for the Miami Hurricanes for years to come.
OF/DH Danny Reyes
Another impressive signing by the Miami Hurricanes was the JUCO outfielder Danny Reyes. The junior outfielder was one of the top players coming out of high school and could be one of Miami’s top power hitters. The former Florida Gator was expected to be one of their offensive leaders but decided to go Broward College instead. The Canes have signed a very impressive hitter that will likely hit in the middle of the order. Reyes needs to work on his overall defensive but does have adequate speed and makes accurate throws. Due to a shoulder injury, Reyes will likely start the season as the DH. Reyes should provide tons of power in the lineup and produce a lot of runs.
3B Raymond Gil
The Miami Hurricanes look to replace third baseman Edgar Michelangeli. The former third baseman provided a lot of pop in the lineup but he’s no longer with the Canes. Miami has replaced Michelangeli with a freshman third baseman in Raymond Gil. The Gulliver Prep third baseman was drafted in the 37 round by the Athletics but picked Miami instead. Gil is a very confident player with solid speed, sound defensively and great hitting tools. Gil runs a 6.83 60 yard dash which is impressive for a third baseman. On defense, he shows good range, soft hands and has good arm strength. At the plate, Gil has a power hitters mentally. Will occasionally drop his hands to create leverage and also has good bat speed.
RHP Daniel Federman
A freshman pitcher who can make an impact out of the bullpen or weekday rotation is Daniel Federman. The 6’1” 205 lb. RHP is one of the toughest pitchers in the Miami Hurricanes pitching staff. The McCarthy Maverick was one of the top pitchers in South Florida and always pitched best in the big games. The Canes have one of the top pitching staffs in their conference and the freshman out of Broward County could help Miami win some games. Federman is a big, strong pitcher with a lot of loose arm action. His fastball sits in the high 80s and tops out at 91 mph. He has good control on his fastball and can throw it on both sides on the plate. Federman might not over power hitters but he does a great job of keeping the ball down and force groundballs.