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2019 Fall Ball schedule updated 11/12

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  1. Matherly87

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    Worthy noting that Leftwich and Scott looked like they had good outings for Blue. Maybe the others dealt with too many distractions by the coaches messing with the line ups as JJH said but these two shut down the Orange for 6 innings. Now if we can just get some consistency. With 12 innings this Sunday I hope a few of these "starters" get more than just an inning.
     
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  2. BSBLGATOR

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    I am betting it is like UGA game. We threw 11 pitchers in that game. Getting old guys a work day and new guys experience playing at UF.
     
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  3. gatorfan5220

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    Fwiw - A writeup on Smith during his senior year in hs said he was a third baseman and new to the catcher position.
     
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  4. gatorjjh

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  5. gatorjjh

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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida baseball team will wrap up fall ball with two final weeks of practice. The Gators will have five scrimmages this week and finish with three scrimmages next week.

    Fall practice will conclude with the annual Orange & Blue Series Nov. 19-21.

    Below is the Gators practice schedule for the final two weeks. Times are subject to change due to weather and pitching appearances may be altered without notice.


    Practice Scrimmage Pitchers Scheduled
    Monday, November 11 OFF DAY

    Tuesday, November 12 2:30 PM 4:15 PM (5 innings) Justin Alintoff
    Nolan Crisp
    Nicholas Ficarrotta
    David Luethje
    Kevin Martin
    Hunter Mink
    Trey Van Der Weide
    Wednesday, November 13 2:30 PM 4:15 PM (5 innings) Jordan Butler
    Ryan Cabarcas
    Tyler Nesbitt
    Nick Pogue
    Christian Scott
    Ben Specht
    Brandon Sproat
    Thursday, November 14 OFF DAY

    Friday, November 15 2:30 PM 4:30 PM (6 innings) Hunter Barco
    Jack Leftwich
    Tommy Mace
    Trey Van Der Weide
    Saturday, November 16 11:00 AM 12:30 PM (9 innings) Justin Alintoff
    Ryan Cabarcas
    Nolan Crisp
    Nicholas Ficarrotta
    David Luethje
    Kevin Martin
    Hunter Mink
    Tyler Nesbitt
    Christian Scott
    Brandon Sproat
    Sunday, November 17 11:00 AM 1:45 PM (3 innings) Jordan Butler
    Nick Pogue
    Ben Specht
    Monday, November 18 OFF DAY

    Tuesday, November 19
    (Orange & Blue Series) 2:30 PM 3:45 PM (7 innings) Justin Alintoff
    Ryan Cabarcas
    Nolan Crisp
    Nicholas Ficarrotta
    David Luethje
    Kevin Martin
    Hunter Mink
    Trey Van Der Weide
    Wednesday, November 20
    (Orange & Blue Series) 2:30 PM 3:30 PM (8 innings) Hunter Barco
    Jack Leftwich
    Tommy Mace
    Tyler Nesbitt
    Christian Scott
    Brandon Sproat
    Thursday, November 21
    (Orange & Blue Series) 2:30 PM 4:00 PM (6 innings) Jordan Butler
    Ryan Cabarcas
    Nolan Crisp
    Kevin Martin
    Nick Pogue
    Ben Specht
     
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  6. gatorjjh

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    got to practice as they were bagging the bats, heard #44 had a good day at the plate & #9 was at third and #2 looked good behind the plate.....any one have something more to add?
     
  7. MatsideObserver

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    Sharing some tidbits from D1 Baseball writeup on Florida:

    “My message to them is, ‘Listen, there’s a lot of guys who have not proven they can do it when the lights come on in the spring,’” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “I understand why, because they were thrown into roles as freshmen they weren’t ready for. And a lot of that had to do with the older guys too. Last year we got caught at both ends, the older guys didn’t meet the expectations they should have met, so that put more pressure on the freshmen who weren’t ready for it yet. If you go back and look, look at the SEC innings that [Brady] Singer and [Jackson] Kowar threw in ’16, it’s very few, very few, but the older guys did what they were supposed to. So I brought those two along at the right rate to figure it out, but I didn’t have that ability to do that last year. So hopefully the learning curve they had to go through last year, hopefully they learned from it and are ready to go.”
     
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  8. MatsideObserver

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    Fellow senior Kirby McMullen made some noise out of the 9-hole against USF, cranking a two-run homer to left in his first at-bat and then a three-run shot to left-center in his next trip. He’s sort of the sleeper bat on this star-studded Florida roster.

    “He’s swung the bat really good all fall. We call him ‘Barrels,’ because all he does is barrel balls up,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s gonna find himself in the lineup; I don’t know how or where, but somehow he’ll find himself in the lineup.

    “So I think we have some real length in our lineup. There’s really not an out in the lineup. Obviously everybody’s got their strengths and weaknesses, but if all our guys are going well, we have a chance to have a really good offensive club. And we’ve played really good defense all fall.”
     
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    Two freshmen will make a huge impact in the lineup as well. Josh Rivera is a physical, super-athletic 6-foot-2, 205-pound infielder who showed smooth actions, good footwork and a strong arm at both third base and shortstop. O’Sulivan said his righthanded power as played this fall — he’s led the team with six homers in the team’s intrasquads — and he also has feel for his barrel, with a setup and swing that reminded me a bit of former Gators star Jonathan India. Florida viewed him as more of a third baseman coming in, but he’s surprised the coaches with how well he moves around at shortstop, making him a real candidate to win that job as a freshman. The other option at short (and also third base) is fifth-year senior Nick Blasucci, a steady defender with a strong arm who also showed off his righthanded pop with a mammoth three-run homer into the trees beyond the left-field bleachers against USF.

    [​IMG]Florida’s Josh Rivera (Aaron Fitt)


    The other blue-chip freshman is Nathan Hickey, who hit cleanup in both exhibitions, a sign of how confident the coaches are in his advanced lefthanded bat. He showed good strike zone awareness and a compact line-drive stroke with the ability to use all fields. I scribbled the words “hit machine” next to Hickey in my notes, and his bat will get him in the lineup every day, whether at catcher, DH or even third base.

    “There’s pop too. He’s like a young version of Kyle Schwarber, where he’s probably got some of the most natural hitting instincts in our lineup. That’s why I’ve hit him cleanup — he’s always hit,” O’Sullivan said. “We knew that coming in, we would have been more surprised if he wasn’t hitting in the middle of the order than if he was. We knew he was one of the better hitters in this class coming to school. He’s very serviceable behind the plate, catches the ball, not a lot of drops. We have to do a couple more things defensively with him, but he does a fine job back there. We have Brady Smith we can move around, he can catch, play third, second, first.”

    Smith’s versatility is an asset, and he could be ready to take a step forward offensively after holding his own last year to the tune of .270/.392/.428. Florida also has a third catcher who should see plenty of action behind the plate in junior Cal Greenfield, who has made more consistent hard contact at the plate this fall and handled himself well on defense. He’s a gap-to-gap hitter with some home run pop as well. Greenfield was injured in a freak scooter accident recently, but he’ll be fine by the time spring practice starts. Fellow junior Butler (who hit .358 in 53 at-bats last year) should also make a significant contribution with the bat; he owns a smooth, quick lefthanded stroke and showed a mature middle-away approach against USF, delivering three singles and drawing a walk. Given his pitching duties, Butler is most likely to see action at DH, but he also plays a good first base, allowing Florida to slide Calilao to a corner outfield spot if necessary.
     
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  10. apkgator

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    That write up shows how many everyday options Sully has, will be interesting to see how he works everyone in.
     
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  11. gatorjjh

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    good to read sully's perspective, sounds optimistic and ready to give some young guys a shot
     
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  12. BSBLGATOR

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    It is worth having a subscription. D1 does a great job all year. The full article includes more info on more players including a read about how relaxed and easy 44 is playing this fall.
     
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  13. gatorbogey

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    Sounds like “strengths” could be defense and hitting.

    Should have a strong / reliable outfield. Lots of options too.

    Unknowns (still) : C & SS. With many options possible for 3b. Wonder if Acton is slotted for 2nd?

    Who plays C, DH, 3rd, 1st - might have a lot of variability.

    Could go with a lot of options to keep players fresh.

    Who are some names (still) on the roster that we haven’t seen all that much in fall?

    What’s the assessment of the pitching staff?
    Likely starters?
    Bullpen ?
    Specialists? Likely Closer, etc?
     
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  14. BSBLGATOR

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    Will give you my take Bogey,

    Hitting will be fine this year. It will have it's ups and downs but that is the game. OF will be 44/4/1 It has been that way all fall. The only exception was Sunday when JY was out with an injury. That move was Kendrick to RF. I think that was pretty telling instead of seeing a new face run out there.

    After seeing what lineup was rolled out Sunday for the start of both games here is what I would tell you the lineup would be 2/14. Thought it was interesting to see the second game started with intent to play a weekend game and not a mid week.

    Lang, Jud, JY in the OF
    KC at first
    Cory at Second
    Rivera at SS
    Brady at 3rd
    Hickey at C

    The DH spot will be interesting as I think there are some options. Both Kirby and Butler have swung it well. I still think there may be a platoon situation there depending on match up with LHP or RHP. I think it will be that way until someone gets really hot.

    The wild card and the chance I see of someone else cracking into this mix is Edge. However, it is only based upon what we all heard coming into the season as he has been limited to only pinch hit at bats and no throwing. Hard to give a full assessment without seeing him go full bore this fall.

    I think the weekend rotation will be Jack, Tommy and Barco.

    I like that we have used so many arms against UGA and USF. I think the bullpen will be better this year and I think you will see more guys used in situational matchups due to perceived depth. late inning left on left etc.

    I could see Sproat being the closer if he can continue to grow with his control. Fast ball will be closer like with 96-98 mph against USF.
     
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  15. gatorbogey

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    Good intel! Thanks!

    Edge should be completely healed and ready to go come January?

    Is it fall where the baseball team does their strength contest too, or was that earlier?

     
  16. gatorjjh

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    Pretty sure they determined the break was the hamate and JY should be good to go well ahead of 2020 practice start up

    The only position I think cold be different than the @23fabe23 line up is Cal at Catcher, he has shown the skill he was recruited for behind the plate and has hit reasonably well this fall, I like Hickey as well and believe it will come down to who is most consistent hitting both catch and throw to second reliably.
    I Hope Mace is consistent enough to be the Friday or Saturday arm
     
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  17. gatorfan5220

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    Greenfield and Hickey stepping up at catcher with Smith to third would be huge for us.

    Then Rivera gelling at SS and we may have a winner.

    Also, let's not forget Tucker Talbot, OF, who was been whacking the ball.
     
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  18. BSBLGATOR

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    Anyone going to make it out to any of these last three games?
     
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    I am pleased that at this stage Barco has thrown well enough to possibly be a weekend starter. Obviously it helps that he is a lefty with a huge upside.
    Can you tell us what pitches he was throwing with confidence this fall? Thanks a lot.
     
  20. BSBLGATOR

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    He is a 3/4 slot guy and has had success running inside on rhh with the fastball. It looks inside then has the patented LHP tail and runs back over the plate.
     
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