The University of Florida has been on a tear in college football and basketball recruiting. The football program is ranked 7th in the nation and the basketball program is just starting up their recruiting and are in really good shape with some of the top recruits in the nation. The Florida baseball program is coming off their first national championship and have are constantly ranked in the top five in baseball recruiting. According to Perfect Game, the Florida Gators finished second in their recruiting class only behind FIU. The Gators are currently ranked fifth in the country with 13 commits. Here are the top five baseball recruits that are committed to the Florida Gators.
RHP/C Mason Denaburg
The top ranked Florida Gator commit is the right-handed pitcher Mason Denaburg. The 6’4” 195 pound pitcher is out of Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida. Denaburg is a Perfect Game All-American and one of the top two-way prospects in the country. His future will mostly likely be on the mound with his 97 mph fastball. Denaburg throws his fastball with ease and a lot of sinking movement. He has a solid power curveball but can get away with power fastball in high school. Changeup has similar sinking movement as his fastball. He seems to have pretty good mechanics but does tend to drift off when overthrows his fastball. Great athlete. Runs a 6.84 60 yard dash. Nice power at the plate and really drives the ball well in the gaps. Great prospect that will mostly likely end up getting drafted and not attend Florida.
OF/LHP Connor Scott
The top ranked position player committed to the Florida Gators is the big lefty Connor Scott. The 6’4” 185 pound lefty is another top two-way prospect in the country. Scott is out of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. He is an outstanding athlete that can some good strength but still has a lot of room to grow. Scott is a left-handed hitter with great hands at the plate and a lot of power potential. Adding solid weigh is key for him to really drive the ball out of the yard. Plays loose and can really make some nice plays with his athleticism. Runs a 7.00 60 yard dash. Great outfielder with a cannon for an arm. Throws 91 mph from the outfield. Also a really good pitcher that has a nice fastball with good movement. Can hit and pitch at the next level. Perfect Game All-American.
RHP David Luethje
David Luethje is a 6’5” 190 pound right-handed pitcher out of Vero Beach High School. The big righty plays for the Evoshield Florida Canes which one of the top summer baseball programs in the nation. Luethje does a good job of getting on top of the ball and has a smooth delivery. He sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 mph. He has solid movement and does a good job of keeping the ball down in the strike zone and has good control on both sides of the plate. His best off speed pitch is his changeup. Has a lot of confidence in changeup but still needs work on his slider. He slows his arm down and seems to guide the ball.
RHP Christian Scott
Christian Scott is a 6’4” 180 pound right-handed pitcher out of Calvary Christian Academy in Parkland, Florida. He is a long, athletic pitcher with a lot of room to add strength and pickup more velocity for his fastball. Has a nice delivery with a good tempo and has late action on the mound. Scott’s fastball sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 mph. He has late movement to his fastball and also pounds the zone. Also throws a changeup, curveball and slider. Likes to throw the slider more often because of his tight spin and sharpness. Really throws all four of pitches well and attacks the strike zone with all four of his pitches. Scott still has room to grow which could add more velocity to his fastball and sharpness to his slider.
3B Cory Acton
Cory Acton is a 6’1” 180 pound third baseman out of American Heritage High School out of Planation, Florida. The lefty hitting third baseman and a great summer with Elite Squad Prime 17U which has developed top college players like Zack Collins (Miami), Shaun Anderson (Florida), Romy Gonzalez (Miami), and Griffin Conine (Duke). Quick hands at the plate. Gets on top of the plate, challenging pitcher to come inside and jam him. Line drive that can really drive the ball deep into the gap. Hits high for average. Runs a 6.88 60 yard dash. Good defensive player with solid range and good arm strength. Could also play second base if needed to. Very good prospect from one of top high schools baseball programs in the nation. Second best player on his team behind Perfect Game All-American and Miami commit Tristian Casas.