With the 2019 MLB Draft in the books and all of Florida’s signees making their decisions, the 2019 Florida Gators baseball recruiting class is finally complete. The Gators signed 19 commits all from the state of Florida. Two of Florida’s signees (Jud Fabian and Nolan Crisp) enrolled early at Florida and played in 2019 season. Florida lost three of their signees as Riley Greene, Matthew Allan and Tyler Owens signed to the teams that drafted them. That leaves fourteen signees that will be on the roster for next season. Here is a scouting report on the 14 signees for the Florida Gators.
LHP/1B Hunter Barco
The 2019 MLB Draft was fairly kind to the Florida Gators as they were able to keep the majority of their top signees. One of the biggest surprises in the draft was Hunter Barco announcing he’ll be attending the University of Florida. It was a big win for Kevin O’Sullivan and the Gators baseball program. Barco brings a lot to the table and should have a big impact next season. Hunter Barco is a 6’5” 220 pound left-handed pitcher/ first baseman. On the mound, Barco has a fastball in the low 90s and tops out at 94 mph with nice late sinking movement. His best secondary pitch is his changeup which has some life and can throw it consistently for strikes. Barco is also a threat at the plate, showing some nice power and can drive the ball to all fields. Barco will compete for a spot in the rotation.
3B Joshua Rivera
Joshua Rivera is one of the best power hitters in the 2019 recruiting cycle. At 6’2” 205, Rivera is a big, strong third baseman with plus speed and power. Rivera has been clocked running a 6.65 60 yard dash which is very good for a third baseman. He has good hands and footwork and with a strong arm. At the plate, Rivera can drive the ball very well. He uses his legs well to generate power and barrels the ball up well. His exit velocity has reached 94 mph off the bat.
RHP Tyler Nesbitt
Another big time pitcher that will be attending the University of Florida is Tyler Nesbitt. The 6’3” 185 pound right-handed pitcher was a big get for the Gators as he was originally committed to Florida Gulf Coast University. On the mound, Nesbitt has a fastball sitting 90-93 and tops out at 94 mph. His best pitch is his changeup which has a ton of sink and is deceiving to the batters. Nesbitt also had a nice curveball that he can throw for strikes. Nesbitt has great command on all three of his pitches and challenges hitters. He’ll be a player that should get a lot of playing time as a freshman.
SS Isaac Nunez
The Florida Gators lineup returns most of their hitters but does lose a key player in Brady McConnell. With McConnell gone, Isaac Nunez could be his replacement and start as a true freshman. Nunez is a five-tool potential player with elite defensive skills and a ton of raw power. The Lake Brantley High School shortstop has decent speed being clocked at 7.02 in his 60 yard dash. He has good range and has very clean footwork. He can throw from multiple arm angels and has touched 92 mph from across the diamond. At the plate, Nunez has a ton power that he generates from his lower half. His exit velocity has reached 100 mph and can hit for contact.
RHP Brandon Sproat
Another big surprise for the Florida Gators was Brandon Sproat deciding to pick the Gators over the Texas Rangers. Sproat was taken in the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft but decided to spend the next three-four years at Florida. Brandon Sproat is a 6’2” 165 pound right-handed pitcher with lots of room to fill in. The Pace High School pitcher has the potential to be a very good arm for the Florida Gators. His fast sits in the high 80s and tops out at 92 mph. He also has three off-speed that he throws well and has good command on all of them. Sproat might not be counted on a lot in the 2020 season but once he starts to fill in his frame, Sproat could turn into a dominant arm.
C Nathan Hickey
With Santino Miozzi transferring out at Florida, Nathan Hickey could get some playing time as a freshman. Nathan Hickey is a 6’0” 205 pound catcher with good hitting tools and has a strong arm. Behind the plate, Hickey is a solid defensive catcher with good receiving skills and has a good pop time. His pop time has been clocked at 1.90. At the plate, Hickey is a left-handed hitter that makes a lot of contact. He has a nice, easy swing that stays through the zone. He also uses his legs to get some power in his swing.
3B Andrew Roberts
Another good bat that Florida added in the class was third baseman Andrew Roberts. At 6’3” 180 pounds, Roberts is a medium built player with still some room to fill in his frame. He has right-handed hitter that uses his lower power a ton to pick up some bat speed. Line drive approach at the plate and can drive the ball to all fields. Roberts has been clocked at 6.99 in his 60 yard dash. He’s a solid defender with great footwork and an above average arm and throws with accuracy as he also pitched in high school.
LHP Ryan Cabarcas
The Florida pitching staff is in need of more lefty arms and got one in Ryan Cabarcas. The American Heritage pitcher is a small but high energy pitcher that should be a nice addition to Florida’s bullpen. At 5’11” 155 pounds, Cabarcas has a lot of room to grow and add more velocity to his pitches. His fastball sits 88-92 mph and tops out at 93 mph. He has a very good 12-6 curveball that he uses a lot of and can also throw a nice changeup. His biggest issue is that his velocity drops a lot after one inning of work so, Cabarcas could be used as a lefty specialist as a freshman. In his senior season, Cabarcas had a 6-3 record with a 1.27 ERA. He also had 72 strikeouts and 55 innings pitched.
RHP/1B Kevin Martin
Another South Florida prospect that should make an impact for the Gators in the 2020 season is Kevin Martin. At 6’4” 220 pounds, Martin is a big, strong pitcher that had a terrific senior season at Westminster Christian. Martin’s best pitch is his fastball which sits 90-93 and touched 95 mph. He also features a changeup but has good command on all of his pitches. Martin is also a very good hitter and may get some at bats at the University of Florida. In his senior season, Martin batted .410 with ten home runs and 32 RBIs. He also had a 6-4 record with a 0.87 ERA and had 72 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched.
RHP Hunter Mink
Florida had some of issues on the mound last season and continue to add quality arms in the 2019 recruiting class with Hunter Mink. At 6’1” 195 pounds, Mink is a big, athletic right-handed pitcher with an easy, repeatable delivery. His fastball sits 89-91 mph and has touched 92 mph with two-seam movement. He also throws an 11/5 curveball with some bite and a power changeup with some fade. Mink could see some innings in the 2020 season out of the bullpen. Mink still has some room to fill in his frame and can add some velocity to his fastball.
C Matthew Powell
Another catcher in the Florida Gators 2019 recruiting class is Matthew Powell. At 6’2” 195 pounds, Powell is a medium built catcher with some nice strength but could still add some solid weight to his frame. Powell is a very sound defensive catcher with a great pop time and good receiving skills. His best pop time has been clocked at a 1.84. He is an average runner being clocked at 7.28 in his 60 yard dash. At the plate, Powell hits the ball bets to his pull side and up the middle.
OF Austin Brinling
Freshman second baseman Jacob Young was a nice surprise for the Gators after having a very nice season. Austin Brinling could be that type of player for Florida in the 2020 season. At 5’8” 155 pounds, Brinling is a small athletic built outfielder with great speed and bat to ball skills. The Bradenton native is one of the fastest signees in the Florida Gators class. He uses his speed to his advantage at the plate as he puts the ball on the ground and bunts exceptionally well. He hits high for average and added some power to his game in his senior season. Brinling is also a very good centerfielder as he has a lot of range and an average arm with some carry in his throws.
RHP/OF Tucker Talbott
Another two-way prospect in the Florida Gators 2019 recruiting class is Tucker Talbott. At 6’3” 190 pounds, Talbott is a tall, athletic built player with some room to fill in his frame. On the mound, Talbott has a fastball sitting 86-89 and tops out at 90 mph with some sink. He gets a lot of swing and miss on his fastball and also throws a 12-6 curveball. At the plate, he has a short compact swing and stays inside the ball well. In his senior season, Talbott batted .425 with four home runs, 30 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He also had a 4-1 record and 2.71 ERA on the mound.
OF Brock Edge
The only JUCO signee in the Florida Gators 2019 recruiting class is Brock Edge. At 6’0” 180 pounds, Edge is a short, athletic built outfielder with a lot of room to fill in his frame. The JUCO outfielder will be a junior next season for the Florida Gators after playing two season at Santa Fe College. His father is former Florida Gators punter Shayne Edge who played four seasons in the NFL. Edge is a good contact hitter with some power in his swing. In his sophomore season at Santa Fe, Edge batted .314 with four home runs, 36 RBIs, 46 runs and five stolen bases.