GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Seven Gators were selected for All-SEC honors for the 2023 baseball season. The SEC Champion Gators had the most players selected for awards this year.
First Team All-SEC:
First baseman Jac Caglianone, second baseman Cade Kurland, shortstop Josh Rivera, outfielder Wyatt Langford and closer Brandon Neely were all First Team All-SEC recipients.
Caglianone, a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, had a stellar year offensively and on the mound for the Gators. He led the country with 28 home runs and was top 10 in the country with 76 RBIs. He also hit .350 with a 1.224 OPS. On the mound, Caglianone had a 6-2 record as the Gator’s Sunday starter. He carried a 3.96 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched. He struck out 71 batters and held opponents to a .174 batting average against.
Kurland was named to the All-SEC Freshman team, along with a First Team All-SEC selection. He hit .315 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. He also had a 1.030 OPS and a .950 fielding percentage.
Rivera, one of the senior leaders on the team, hit .361 with a 1.089 OPS. He drove in 58 runs along with 14 homers. Rivera also swiped 13 bags and drew 35 walks.
Langford, another Golden Spikes semifinalist, finished his year with a .399 average and a whopping 1.354 OPS. He hit 16 homers and led the team with 20 doubles. Langford also led the team with 44 walks and a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Neely sported a 3.65 ERA and led the SEC with ten saves. He struck out 52 and only allowed 31 hits in his 37 innings of work.
Second Team All-SEC:
Right-hander Brandon Sproat was the lone Gators selection to the All-SEC Second Team. As the Friday night starter, Sproat carried a 4.85 ERA while striking out 100 batters. He also threw the team’s only two complete games, including a one-hit shutout to open SEC play against Alabama. Batters only hit .200 off him on the year.
Kurland and Luke Heyman were the Gator’s two representatives for the Freshman All-SEC Team. Heyman hit .336 with a .990 OPS. Heyman also hit 9 home runs and flashed a .995 fielding percentage.
Florida will open post-season play in the SEC Tournament as the No. 1 seed Wednesday. They will face either Kentucky or Alabama in the third game of the day.