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Baseball Roster 2019

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Gatorgal04, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. MatsideObserver

    MatsideObserver GC Legend

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    Have to respect his decision assuming he is leaving baseball altogether and not just leaving the program - - - but - - - a good Junior season can absolutely change your life so it seems like odd timing. Not to mention if he hits, he plays - it's not like he is a guy with no hope of seeing the field. Wish him the best.
     
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  2. gatorbogey

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    Bell seems like the prototypical 1st baseman. We don’t seem to have another...maybe Milchin? If he was a lefty, that is.

    Who’s on first, next season??
     
  3. gatorjjh

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    I would like to read/hear what is behind KB making his decision to leave, I know that usually after the season the coach and each oplayer review/reflect and discuss, wonder if that happened and KB did not hear what he wanted to hear.
     
  4. kgator27

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    Thinking maybe Milch and maybe Butler, which could move Milch to 3B. Depends on where/if Smith finds a spot in the field where he can excel and not just be "serviceable". Was OK at C and "less than OK" at 1B, maybe 3B is his spot. Hopefully some freshmen step into the equation. Like most years, I'd imagine there is juggling around of all of the above until the roster gets determined on the field.
     
  5. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    fwiw I sent a note to Nick & a tweet to Dooley re KB so far to replies
     
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  6. wingtee

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    I’m sure Bell was very unhappy with his role in Omaha. To be honest I was a bit miffed also. Had a bad feeling this was going to happend
     
  7. wingtee

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    2019 might be a season where our program might have to come back down to earth. Gonna be tough. Not expecting a banner year but maybe it will happend. Having said that I am a glass half empty guy, expect the worst and hope for the best.
    I know I suck, but it has worked for me . It makes my miserable persona even worse. I’m comfortable this way.
     
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  8. MatsideObserver

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    I am with you Wing! Certainly seems like the pieces are falling apart rather than coming together, but there will be plenty of talent on the roster if they can find the right mix.
     
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  9. MadduxFanII

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    I mean, it depends what you mean by "down to Earth" and "tough." I think there's no doubt you'll probably see the team take a step or two back, and I wouldn't be surprised to see us miss Omaha. We have more question marks going into next season than we've had since...gosh, maybe 2013? And 2013 obviously didn't go so well for us.

    But I think most of us work under the assumption that O'Sullivan will figure things out and put together - at least - a pretty solid team. Optimism and pessimism don't have to be immutable philosophies or world views - they can be learned reactions to lived experiences. I've become fairly pessimistic about the football program because pessimism has been the right approach there for the better part of a decade. But I remain staunchly optimistic about the baseball program because O'Sullivan has earned that, and things generally do work out well for us on the diamond.
     
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  10. 74nole

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    Spot on Maddux--

    Great points--In Sully We Trust for sure, we know he can line them up and press the right buttons, but players have got to step up to the challenges before them--returning as well as in-coming--
     
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  11. MatsideObserver

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    Question for those more familiar with college baseball recruiting - how is it that there are Juco players available at this late date for Sully to pick up. I would think Juco players good enough to play here would already be committed elsewhere.
     
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  12. BigIgator25

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    Bell wasnt cutting it at the plate and was basically thrust into a defensive specialist role. We will have someone for 1st base trained up. I am not worried about that.

    We will be deep at pitcher also...people forget about Milchen and Ruth who were out after surgery last year. McMullen with his 98 mile an hour fastball with get another year under Sully. We have some really good pitchers on staff with Dyson, Leftwich and Mace the latter 2 really came on at end of year. There are some questions for sure, but we will be good on the mound.

    Smith and Greenfield can really hit, they will get more time at the plate. Dalton will be more disciplined at the plate. Langworthy was not a leadoff guy, but he is comfortable hitting in middle of the order. Reese is a hitter also, I dont like his fielding all that much though. We will be hard pressed to get back to Omaha this year, but it sets up a deep run for the years to come again.
     
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  13. 74nole

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    Mat--

    The most common reason would be not being able to reach an agreement with MLB to sign--the other would be issues getting which hours would transfer from wherever they were in school to UF--outside of those two I'd be guessing--
     
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  14. apkgator

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    Agree.
    A lot of these juco wait to see how they fare in the draft and then make decisions. Lot of d1 scholly money is tied up until the draft frees things up. Around now is when some of those marriages are made
     
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  15. gatorbogey

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    I think a “plan for the worst, hope for the best” mindset is a good one to have since we do have a lot of roles to fill; nothing quite as set as these past few years. In a way, it’s interesting to witness who steps up, who emerges from the pack.

    Might be bumpy at times....but entertaining. A bit of a reset may be in order for fan expectations. But it’s nice to have that title in hand!
     
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  16. spike718

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    I agree. There is actually a lot of optimism on here for next year. I think we may drop off more than expected. While the young pitchers are talented I do not recall a year in the last 5-10 years where we did not return at least one pitcher who was expected to be a first round pick in the next mlb draft. Mace and The others are sophomores so cannot be drafted but..there freshmen eras of over 4 are high for the expected Friday and Saturday starters. Returning starters over the years were dominant their prior years, not just Brimming with potential. Puk, Shore, Faedo, Singer, Kowar, Randall, Johnson, and others were dominant the year before they moved into Friday or Saturday roles, not just good or having potential.

    I think the expectations that our sophomores to be will just automatically compete with the Friday and Saturday aces in the sec may be asking too much.
     
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  17. wingtee

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  18. GatorLurker

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    It means that the mute button on the remote doesn't work.
     
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  19. paidinfull

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    Dyson was looking like he was going to be the next first rounder at the end of 17. How much of his issues were related to an injury? If he recovers and comes back strong, he’s definitely a guy who can own the friday role.

    I agree with you though. Been a while since we haven’t had truly proven guys coming back for Fri and Sat roles. While I do think Dyson has “proven” himself, it’s still hard to say he’s going to be our “proven ace” next year. Wouldn’t surprise me either way.

    We need three guys to really step up next year. Whether it’s the two sophs and one of the guys coming back from injury, all three guys coming back from injury, or a combination of those and a newcomer. Definitely wide open and that isn’t what we’ve come to expect as “normal”.
     
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  20. 74nole

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    I think rather than "pre-set" a mind set we will be better satisfied to follow our returning guys through their respective summer leagues, see what kind of summers they all do or don't have--basically the same for prospective in-comings players, see whose coming and who isn't--monitor them through any summer leagues they may be participating in, draw some opinions from how the summer went for all involved--and then as fall ball unfolds perhaps we will be in better shape to speculate/debate/guess where next year is leading our Gators--
     
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