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Gator Baseball 2020 Countdown Roster/Line-Up/Batting Order

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by Matherly87, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Matherly87

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    Are you going up this Sunday for the USF game?
     
  2. Matherly87

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    Played around with the line ups and batting order from page one once again. Just my impression from the few practices I've seen. I expect one last review after this Sunday. See you there!
    Line-Up
    1st - Calilao/Barco
    2nd - Acton/Nunez
    SS - Blasucci/Nunez
    3rd - Rivera/Hickey
    ...................INF-(Recruits Nunez, Rivera, Barco, Martin, Roberts)
    C - Greenfield/Smith
    ...................C - (Recruits Powell, Hickey)
    LF - Langworthy/Talbot
    CF - Fabian/Brinling
    RF - Young/Edge
    ...................OF - (Recruits Brinling, Edge JuCo, Talbot)

    Pitchers - Hopeful Starters - Mace, Leftwich, (Recruits Barco-L, Sproat)
    .....Relievers - Pogue, Scott, Butler-L, Luethje, Armstrong, Crisp, K McMullen, Specht, Alintoff (Recruits Nesbitt, Martin, Cabarcas-L, Mink, Talbot, Van Der Weide-L)
    .....Unknowns - Milchin, H McMullen

    Batting Order
    1 - Young (Speed, can bunt, good 1st half)
    2 - Langworthy (Team returning leader conf BA)
    3 - Fabian (led Fr in HR, batting .293 in summer league)
    4 - (DH) ??? Smith, McMullen, Hickey
    5 - Calilao (Team leader in RBIs, great 1st half)
    6 - Rivera (top newcomer in the infield)
    7 - Acton (best producing Fr in conf stats)
    8 - Greenfield (looking like our starting catcher)
    9 - Blasucci (starting SS???)
     
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  3. gatorbogey

    gatorbogey Premium Member

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    @BigIgator25 posted in another thread -
    he was sitting with some uga fans at the exhibition game and they remarked how impressive our lineup of arms was. No drop off.

    Will be interesting to see who emerges. And see the improvement over last season for the returnees.

    Wonder if there will be any attrition between now and February?
     
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  4. MatsideObserver

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    Miozzi is at Florida Southern (D-II)
     
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  5. Matherly87

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    So it seems the consensus at this point would say...

    Line-Up
    1st - Calilao/Barco
    2nd - Acton/Nunez
    SS - **Rivera/Blasucci**
    3rd - Smith/Rivera
    C - **Greenfield/Hickey**
    LF - Langworthy/Talbot
    CF - Fabian/Brinling
    RF - Young/Edge
    **TBD

    Pitchers
    Possible Starters - Mace, Leftwich, (Recruits Barco-L, Sproat)
    .....TBD Relievers - Pogue, Scott, Butler-L, Luethje, Armstrong, Crisp, K McMullen, Specht, Alintoff (Recruits Nesbitt, Martin, Cabarcas-L, Mink, Talbot, Van Der Weide-L) .... Unknowns - Milchin, H McMullen (surgery)

    Batting Order
    1 - Young (Speed, can bunt, good 1st half)
    2 - Langworthy-L (Oh Captain, My Captain)
    3 - Fabian (clutch hitter this fall)
    4 - Smith (time to focus on hitting not catching)
    5 - Hickey-L or McMullen (Barrels)
    6 - Calilao (Team leader in RBIs, great 1st half)
    7 - Rivera (top newcomer in the infield)
    8 - Acton-L (best producing Fr in conf stats)
    9 - Greenfield (hitting and catching have improved)
     
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  6. Matherly87

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    Now the pros and cons...
    Pros
    1. With Greenfield, Hickey and Powell we now have dependable depth at catcher. Hopefully fewer past balls means fewer runs allowed.
    2. The new pitchers are showing some promise. Barco and Sproat show some consistency but all newcomers have contributed this fall.
    3. We now have 4 left handed pitchers and one should start. This gives Sully more options during weekend games.
    4. We now have 5-6 dependable left hand batters. 3 will play often and 3 are available.
    5. More time bunting this fall might lead to more runs manufactured.
    6. Fabian is looking like he can lay off an outside curve ball. Plus he has been hitting more opposite field HRs this fall.
    7. Acton has settled at second and should improve our defense and possibly turn more double plays.
    8. Overall hitting has improved this fall but key batters have been known to start the season cold.
    9. Sully has new faces on his staff. Plus Fontana and Den Dekker can give another layer of guidance our guys aren't used to.
    10. Rivera hit a HR straight over the 400 sign in center. Name the last freshman to do that in the fall. Plus he might be our starting SS. Amazing!
    11. A much more favorable SEC schedule than last year's road games should help the W-L record.

    Cons
    1. Can our weekend starters be consistent? That remains to be seen.
    2. Barco has consistently looked good for 2 innings but struggles in the third. Can he learn to minimize the damage?
    3. Can Langworthy bat over 300 thru the end of March? Yes that's a stretch but he really needs to show he can.
    4. If Greenfield is our catcher can he contribute at the plate? So far he looks promising but how does he handle SEC pitching?
    5. All the backups are newcomers. Injuries have to remain a minimum for this team to maximize results.
    6. Mace and Leftwich still have quite a bit of growing to do. Are they ready to lead this pitching staff?
    7. Where's the hitting coach?
    8. It's the last year at the Mac and most games crowds are usually sparse. Do Gator fans support this team for the whole season?
    9. Does this team have a closer to depend on? Sproat can hit the upper 90s but he might be a starter. Can Crisp step up instead?
    10. SS, 3rd and C are still open for a starter to take each spot but Sully has options.
     
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  7. gatorjjh

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

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    Getting consistently good production on the mound is the key and at this point still unknown if we get it right this could be a terrific year. I didn't get to practice yesterday but did chat with a friend who goes regularly and he said Mace, Leftwich and Baro all got touched up pretty good on Friday's scrimmage.
     
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    Have to remember that by this time in the fall, hitters have had a ton of at bats against those 3 so the hitters should have a pretty good advantage by now.
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    I agree with what you write, the one I have some concern about is Mace because this is not the first time he has been less than stellar, he has the talent I think it is more his focus that needs to improve
     
  10. Matherly87

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    45 days and counting until opening night with Marshall at home Feb 14th. Better start working that Valentine now. Maybe I could get away with dinner and a real reality show but better.
     
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  11. gatorbogey

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    When does practice for the new year commence? Has a practice schedule been released?
     
  12. Matherly87

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    I thought John or GatorGal posted something like the last week of January. I'm probably off a little like normal.
     
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    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

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    The note I sent Dan Apple last week replied with an auto response saying he is on paternity leave... I would wait til Monday and send another email to see if I can get a schedule for practices then.. his email is on the staff roster if anyone ese wants to try sooner
     
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    My guess would be Friday January 24th.
     
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  15. Matherly87

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    34 days and counting until opening night, Feb 14th.
    Hopefully some of these answers will start to fill in soon after the season starts.....

    Questions???
    What's the starting rotation for weekends and who goes mid week? Looks like Mace, Leftwich and Barco with Sproat and Nesbitt getting some quality time.
    Where does Smith play the most (3rd, 2nd, C)? Greenfield may have taken his catcher spot
    Is Acton our best INF? Many practices at 2nd so far
    Will Hickey be our starting 3rd basemen or does Rivera slide over from SS? Looking like Rivera is the better batter but Hickey will get time as DH. He is a needed lefty in the line up.
     
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  16. gatorbogey

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    Damn! That’s a lot of questions! Now I’m confused!

    my predilection would be to try to answer those questions - but use the pre-conference slate to answer them. Play a lot of different players. Let them answer - give them the opportunity to shine.
     
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    Now I have seen everything—@gatorbogey in a direct conversation with someone about a lot of questions.......

    I’m dying here.....;)
     
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  18. MatsideObserver

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    Florida's Projected Lineup
    Pos. Name, Yr. AVG/OBP/SLG HR RBI SB
    C Nathan Hickey, Fr. HS — Jacksonville, Fla.
    1B Kendrick Calilao, So. .276/.348/.401 5 49 2
    2B Cory Acton, So. .251/.353/.387 6 30 3
    3B Brady Smith, Jr. .270/.392/.428 5 20 5
    SS Josh Rivera, Fr. HS — Bradenton, Fla.
    LF Austin Langworthy, Sr. .283/.362/.498 10 43 4
    CF Jud Fabian, So. .232/.353/.411 7 26 7
    RF Jacob Young, So. .311/.383/.404 3 26 7
    DH Kirby McMullen, Sr. .273/.308/.500 1 10 0
    Pos. Name, Yr. W-L ERA IP SO BB SV
    SP #1 Tommy Mace, Jr. 8-5 5.32 89.2 74 38 0
    SP #2 Jack Leftwich, Jr. 6-5 5.31 62.2 62 18 0
    SP #3 Hunter Barco, Fr. HS — Jacksonville, Fla.
    Closer Christian Scott, So. 6-3 5.19 52 44 18 1

    SOURCE: D1baseball
     
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  19. 74nole

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    Mat—

    Pretty much agree with the top side of your post with defensive positioning—batting order I’m sure will depend on the pitcher we are facing for any given game—

    The arms are what they are—how much have our returning arms matured with their respective games, we will all see—

    The new arms are always for me at least exciting to watch and see what they bring to the table—again, we will all see—looking forward to another year of Sully led Gator Baseball!
     
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  20. gatorjjh

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    Heard from one of the Row 10 guys today, Kids are doing individual drills. workouts, several in the batting cages under Diz Plaza today, sounds like they may start team drills just before the alumni game
     
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