Top 25 Breakdown: No. 4 FloridaSeason Preview
2019 Record: 34-26. RPI: 27.
Coach (Record at school): Kevin O’Sullivan (531-255 in 12 seasons)
Ballpark: McKethan Stadium (5,500)
Postseason History: 35 regionals (active streak: 12), 12 CWS trips (last in 2018), 1 national title (2017).
More: Fall Report on Florida
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Florida's Projected Lineup
|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|
|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|
Grading The Gators
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
Florida endured a down season in 2019 by its standards, but offense wasn’t really the problem — the Gators ranked a respectable 43rd in the nation in scoring. The top two hitters from that club are gone (Nelson Maldonado and Brady McConnell), but we are nonetheless convinced that Florida’s offense is set to take a huge leap forward this spring. Our looks at the Gators this fall revealed a deep, versatile lineup without any easy outs, and packed with emerging stars as well as rock-solid veterans. …