With less than a month away from the baseball season, the Florida Gators are geared up and ready to make another run for the National Championship. The Gators lost a lot of talent to the draft like Brady Singer, Jonathan India and Jackson Kowar. Fortunately, the Gators were able to sign and kept some of their top recruits and are expected to make a big impact for the 2019 season. Florida also had two 2019 signees enroll early and will be eligible to play this upcoming season. Here are five true freshman to watch for the Florida Gators in the 2019 baseball season.
INF Cory Acton
Out of high school, Cory Acton was one of the top prospects in the state of Florida and country. Acton played at American Heritage High School, in Plantation, Florida, which also included Boston Red Sox first round pick, Tristan Casas. Since arriving to Gainesville, Acton has earned a lot of playing time in the fall and contributed in their fall games. With India gone, Acton could fill in at third base and become an immediate contributor in the Gators lineup.
OF Judson Fabian
The Florida Gators had two 2019 signees enroll early in January to compete for playing time. One of those early enrollees is outfielder Judson Fabian. The Trinity Catholic outfielder is one of the top prospects in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Fabian was a Perfect Game All-American and has the skillset to be a first round pick after his junior season. Fabian has five-tool potential as he can already mash, hit for contact and has been clocked running a 6.54 60 yard dash. If Fabian’s game can translate to the collegiate level immediately, he should become an everyday starter and play center field for the Florida Gators.
RHP Christian Scott
Christian Scott was the top pitcher prospect that stayed in the Florida Gators 2018 recruiting class. The Calvary Christian ace pitcher was one of the top 150 prospects in the 2018 recruiting cycle. On Perfect Game, Scott was the 123rd ranked prospect and the 44th ranked right-handed pitcher in the country. Scott could be a future star at the University of Florida. He already has a power fastball as he sits in the low 90s and tops out at 94 mph. The big righty also has two plus breaking pitches with a curveball and slider. Scott still has a lot of room to grow as he’s a 6’4” 175 pounds and can add more velocity with 20-25 more solid pounds.
OF/1B Kendrick Calilao
Kendrick Calilao was another top high school prospect that stayed committed to Florida and is on campus. On Perfect Game, Calilao was the 129th ranked prospect and the 25th ranked outfielder in the country. Calilao has a lot of power potential and could develop to be one of the best power bats in the SEC. The freshman got a lot of playing time during the fall and could compete for the first base job that’s wide open. Calilao also has a strong arm and can move pretty well if they decide to use him as a future outfielder. Calilao was also drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 30th round on the 2018 MLB Draft.
INF Roberto Pena
Roberto Pena is another freshmen that could be competing for the starting first base job. Out of high school, Pena was one of the top high school bats in the country. On Perfect Game, Pena was the 154th ranked prospect and the ninth ranked third baseman in the country. Pena showed off his big power potential during the fall games. Pena was one of the best freshmen performers and should have a bright future ahead of him. He could get some playing time as a pinch hitter and maybe play some weekday games. Pena could also pitch if needed as he topped out at 93 mph off the mound.