The University of Florida has been one of the top baseball programs since Kevin O’Sullivan became head coach. The Florida baseball program is coming off another trip to the College World Series and have one of the top 2019 recruiting classes. According to Perfect Game, the Gators are currently ranked third in the country with 16 commits. They also have eight of their commits in the Top 100.
OF Riley Greene
The top ranked Florida Gator commit is the outfielder Riley Greene. The 6’2” 190 pound outfielder is out of Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida. Greene is a Perfect Game All-American and one of the top outfielder prospects in the country. Greene is one of the most advanced hitters in high school. He is one of the best athletes in the 2019 class. Greene runs a 6.62 60 yard dash. He has great base running instincts making him a threat on base. Nice power at the plate and really drives the ball well to all gaps. He’s more of contact hitter but should develop more power once he matures physically. Greene is a terrific prospect that will mostly likely end up getting drafted high and possibly never make it to Florida.
LHP/OF Hunter Barco
The top ranked two-way player committed to the Florida Gators is the tall lefty Hunter Barco. The 6’4” 208 pound lefty was committed to Virginia before he flipped to Florida over the summer. Barco is out of The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an outstanding athlete that shows good strength but still has room to grow. Barco is primarily a left-handed pitcher. His fastball sits in the low 90s but tops out at 94 mph. He has great movement on all his pitches. His best off speed pitch is his changeup which has the same type of action as his fastball. Barco also throws a nice slider with some bite but it’s still a working progress. Barco will likely be taken high in the 2019 MLB Draft and forgo college baseball. He’s a Perfect Game All-American.
RHP Matthew Allan
Florida’s top pitcher only, in the 2019 recruiting class is Matthew Allen. He’s a 6’3” 210 pound right-handed pitcher out of Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida. The big righty plays for the Evoshield Canes 17U National Team which is one of the top summer baseball programs in the nation. Allan is one of the top right-handed pitcher in the country with an explosive fastball and good breaking pitched. His fastball tops out at 95 mph and sits around 91-93 mph. Allan does throw 95 mph but his best pitch is actually his slider. The instate pitcher showcased all of his pitches at the Perfect Game All-American Game and struck all three of the batters he faced. Allan is one of the top high school pitchers on a lot of MLB draft boards and will be hard to keep in the class. Perfect Game All-American.
OF Judson Fabian
Judson Fabian is a 6’1” 190 pound right-handed pitcher out of Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida. He is one of the top five outfielders in the 2019 recruiting class. Fabian is right-handed hitter that does a good job of hitting to all fields with power. He has some of the best hands in his class and shows natural power at the plate. He’s a 6.54 60-yard dash runner. Fabian is also a solid outfielder and throws 93 mph from the outfield. Fabian is expected to enroll early to the University of Florida and skip out on the MLB Draft. He should also be eligible for the 2019 college baseball season.
RHP Tyler Owens
Tyler Owens is a 5’10” 185 pound right-handed pitcher that is also out of Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida. He played for the 2019 Orlando Scorpions Prime team over the summer. Owens was a Florida State commit before he flipped his commitment to Florida. Owens is one of the power arms in the 2019 class as he tops out at 98 mph. His fastball sits at 92-95 mph with pretty solid movement. He throws a decent slider with some bite to it but needs some work on his mechanics. Owens is profiled to be a future reliever at the next level. If Owens does play college ball, he could be the next great closer to come out of Florida.