The Florida Gators baseball team opened the 2020 season a program-record 16-0 and were the last team in the nation to remain unbeaten.
After the 2020 MLB Draft, it’s clear that the 2021 team should, somehow, be even better.
The Gators saw no players and only two signees selected in the shortened draft, meaning Florida will essentially ‘run it back’ in 2021.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan has to be thrilled at his spoils.
With the #MLBDraft over, @GatorsBB will officially welcome back No. 1 and No. 2 starting pitchers Tommy Mace and Jack Leftwich to go with Hunter Barco and a ridiculous stable of arms. #Gators should be the easy No. 1 pick going into 2021.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 12, 2020
The Gators are pretty much loaded across the board and are especially deep on the mound.
Florida will likely see a motivated Tommy Mace and Jack Leftwich (both of whom went unselected in the draft) and a developing lefty in Hunter Barco (2-0, 1.40 ERA in 2020) round out their weekend rotation while literally a dozen options exist for midweek action and bullpen work. Signee Timothy Manning is likely to get a lot of action as well.
The Gators lineup should only prove to be deeper than last year (which, hardly seems possible) as Florida will add top prospects SS Colby Halter, C Mac Guscette, and SS Sterlin Thompson, all of whom have the ability to make an immediate impact.
While McKethan Stadium didn’t see the send-off it deserved as the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, the Gators will have the opportunity to break in the new Florida Ballpark with, easily, the deepest team in program history.