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Thursday October 17, 2013Gators' Recruiting Class Ranked No. 1 by Baseball America

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Head coach Kevin O'Sullivan's incoming class for the University of Florida baseball team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Baseball America on Thursday. The group had previously been chosen No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball in September. This marks the second time during O’Sullivan’s tenure that Baseball America has given the Gators the nod as the top class, also accomplishing the feat in 2009.

 

Baseball America's Aaron Fitt wrote: “Over the last half-decade, Florida has out-recruited just about everybody, helping the Gators elevate their program to new heights. This is coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s sixth consecutive top-25 class at Florida, and his fourth top-10 class in that span. Florida’s trips to Omaha have helped make the Gators a recruiting juggernaut, and so has their ability to develop top-tier talent.”

 

“In 2010, we had five guys that have gotten to the big leagues: (Paco) Rodriguez, (Kevin) Chapman, (Nick) Maronde, (Mike) Zunino and (Matt) den Dekker,” O’Sullivan told the publication. “The more success you’ve had with players, that helps you with the next class coming in. Players want to win a national championship, but they also want to know they’ll have a chance to develop and get to the big leagues.”

 

Of the 17 new recruits which were brought in this fall by the Gators, eight were drafted by professional baseball last June — the highest number of drafted players ever landed in a Florida recruiting class. The group includes 15 freshmen and two junior college transfers.

 

The Gators had eight signees from June's Draft who are now enrolled in school, as right-hander Brett Morales (Tampa, Fla.) was chosen in the 24th round with the 735th choice by the Cincinnati Reds, right-hander Logan Shore (Coon Rapids, Minn.) was taken in the 29th round with the 860th pick by the Minnesota Twins, right-hander Dane Dunning (Fleming Island, Fla.) was tabbed 1,015th overall in the 34th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, left-hander/first baseman A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 35th round with the 1,056th choice, outfielder Buddy Reed (Finksburg, Md.) was taken in the 35th round by the Texas Rangers at number 1,060, left-hander Scott Moss (Deltona, Fla.) was chosen by the Colorado Rockies with the 1,129th pick in the 38th round, infielder John Sternagel (Rockledge, Fla.) was picked in the 39h round by the Kansas City Royals at No. 1,164 and right-hander Shaun Anderson (Coral Springs, Fla.) went 1,216th overall to the Washington Nationals during the 40th round.

 

Last season, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth year in a row, matching the longest run in school history. Florida is scheduled to begin fall practice on Saturday, Oct. 12, at McKethan Stadium and will open its 2014 campaign on Feb. 14 in Gainesville.

 

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Baseball America's Recruiting Rankings

Rank

School

1.

FLORIDA

2.

Texas

3.

South Carolina

4.

Oklahoma State

5.

Oregon State

6.

Miami (FL)

7.

Oregon

8.

Ole Miss

9.

Mississippi State

10.

Oklahoma

11.

Nebraska

12.

Cal State Fullerton

 

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