By: Burke Granger
Logan Shore – RHP – Florida. 6’2″ 215. Class: Junior. DOB: December 28, 1994. Last Drafted: 2013 (Minnesota Twins – 29th Round).
Scouted: University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. March 25, 2016.
With A.J. Puk from Iowa and Buddy Reed from Rhode Island, Florida clearly demonstrates a wide recruiting footprint. That’s what 4 trips to Omaha in 6 years will do for a program. They’ve further peacocked their reach by nabbing Logan Shore from Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
By: Burke Granger
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida. 6’7″ 230. Class: Junior. DOB: April 25, 1995. Last Drafted: 2013 (Detroit Tigers – 35th Round).
Scouted: University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. March 26, 2016.
Baseball America ranked A.J. Puk as the 85th best prospect in the 2013 draft and the top prospect from the state of Iowa. After a slow start in the cold Midwest spring, Puk slid to the 35th round where the Detroit Tigers took a flier on him. Puk was joined by future Florida teammate Buddy Reed (Rangers), who was picked just 5 spots later in the same round. The duo will likely be picked in the same round again this year, though it’ll be about 34 rounds higher than it was last time.
Buddy Reed – Outfielder – Florida. Bats: B. Throws: R. 6’4″ 210. DOB: April 27, 1995. Last Drafted: 2013 – Texas Rangers (35th Round).
Three Game Series: Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25-27, 2016, Lexington, KY.
The major leagues are full players who were multi-sport athletes in high school and Reed looks to have his name added to that list. While most of these athletes excelled in football and/or basketball (in addition to baseball), Reed’s other sports were soccer and hockey. Playing for St. George’s School in Middleton, Rhode Island, Reed was the soccer team’s leading scorer, while holding down first line duties on the ice.