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Top area prospects in next week’s MLB draft

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The Major League Baseball Draft starts Wednesday and ends Thursday. Instead of going 40 rounds, this year’s draft has been reduced to five in a cost-cutting measure.

Each pick in the condensed draft has an assigned value, and teams cannot spend more than what they were allotted in those rounds without incurring a penalty. It becomes more of a salary cap. 

In all, 160 players will be drafted. Those who are not picked are limited to signing bonuses of $20,000 or less. With such a shortened field, the number of Tampa Bay area prospects also is limited. Here are the locals who ranked among Baseball America’s top 250 prospects in the nation, the ones most likely to be selected. 

RHP CJ Van Eyk

High school: Steinbrenner

College: FSU

BA rank: 46

Three years ago, Van Eyk was selected in the 19th round by the New York Mets. He likely would have been taken higher but arm soreness forced him to shut down his senior season at Steinbernner after just 38 innings on the mound. Van Eyk developed into a solid starter at FSU. Last season, he had a 3.81 ERA and averaged more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings. The junior was off to another strong start with a 1.31 ERA to go along with 25 strikeouts and 12 walks in 20.2 innings pitched before the season was canceled.  

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RHP Tommy Mace

High school: Sunlake

College: Florida

BA rank: 75

Taken in the 12th round by the Cincinnati Reds three years ago, Mace opted to play in college. At Florida, he has gone from a relief role to a starter. This year, the junior had a 1.67 ERA with 26 strikeouts and five walks in 27 innings of work. For the past few months, Mace has been working with teammate Brady Singer, a first-round pick in 2018. Mace also is honing on his analytical skills on the mound with former Bishop McLaughlin standout Nate Pearson, a first-round pick who is now a prospect in the Blue Jays’ organization. 

C Jackson Miller

High school: Mitchell

College: Signed with Wake Forest

BA rank: 99

A four-year starter, Miller improved significantly at the plate. As a senior, he was off to the best start of his high school career with a .500 average and five RBIs in the seven games played before the season was canceled. Miller was part of a stellar Mustangs lineup that helped the team get off to a 7-0 start and finish as the No. 6 team in the country according to MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25. He also was a solid pitcher who went a combined 12-2 the previous two seasons. 

LHP Mason Miller

High school: Mitchell

College: Signed with Florida Gulf Coast

BA rank: 108

Throughout his high school career, Miller never pitched more than 16 innings in a season. Still, he used his breaking ball to strike out batters at an impressive rate. Miller recorded 65 career strikeouts, an average of two per inning. And he won, too. Miller was 4-1 overall, including 2-0 this season. Two years ago, he teamed with Jackson Miller (no relation) to form a solid 1-2 punch on the mound. Jackson played primarily behind the plate this past season.

RHP Carson Ragsdale

High school: Bishop McLaughlin

College: USF

BA rank: 191

In three seasons as Bishop McLaughlin’s ace, Ragsdale went a 19-8 and led the program to the state semifinals in 2014. He was used as a reliever at USF before missing all of last season with Tommy John surgery. This season, Ragsdale returned and impressed scouts with a fastball that clocks around 90-93 mph. In four starts, the junior had a 2.84 ERA and recorded 37 strikeouts with just seven walks in 19 innings. 

C Matheu Nelson

High school: Calvary Christian

College: FSU

BA rank: 249

After a solid high school career, Nelson was selected in the 39th round by the Phillies in 2018. He opted to go to Florida State and made an immediate impact, hitting .282 with six home runs and 29 RBIs as a freshman a year ago. His .442 on-base percentage that year was second on the team behind Drew Mendoza. Nelson is a draft-eligible sophomore according to Baseball America.

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Baseball: Region final recap

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Class 7A

For the full playoff bracket click here.

Scoreboard

Durant 2, Kissimmee Osceola 1

Prime time performers

P/1B Alex Canney, Sr., Durant: Threw 2 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out five in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Pitched 4 ⅓ innings in relief, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out six in a win over Kissimmee Osceola. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit a solo homer in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference in a win over Kissimmee Osceola.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Durant vs. Spruce Creek, 10

Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 4, Naples Gulf Coast 3

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Ended up 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored ain a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

OF Drake Harman, Jr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

INF Colby Shelton, Jr., Bloomingdale: Finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win over Naples Gulf Coast.

Friday’s state semifinal schedule

Bloomingdale vs. Palm Beach Dwyer, 7

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Sarasota Out-of-Door 4, Bishop McLaughlin 1

Mount Dora Christian 5, Seffner Christian 4 (eight innings)

Prime time performers

1B/P Dylan Cheeley, Sr., Seffner Christian: Went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

OF Clay Odiorne, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a three-run homer in a loss to Mount Dora Christian.

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Baseball: Region final breakdown (7-6A, 2A)

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The baseball playoffs continue Saturday with region final games in Classes 7A-6A and 2A. Admission is $7. Here is the schedule with outlooks for each area game, as well as team leaders for each matchup.

Class 7A

Kissimmee Osceola (20-7) at Durant (21-5), 7

Cougars ace Sean Hermann threw 53 pitches in Wednesday’s region semifinal win over Sarasota Riverview. That means he needed just two days rest under the Florida High School Athletic Association’s pitch count policy and is available for the final. Durant, which has won eight of its last nine games, does have some momentum. The Kowboys are on a similar  late-season streak, winning 10 of their last 11. 

Team leaders

CategoryKissimmee OsceolaDurant
Batting averageBryan Avila .393Dylan LaPointe .397
RBIsJosean Sanchez 21Dylan Lapointe 22
Home runsJosean Sanchez 2Luke Scolaro 2
ERAManuel Lopez 1.14Sean Hermann 0.42
StrikeoutsManuel Lopez 72Sean Hermann 120

Class 6A

Bloomingdale (21-6) at Naples Gulf Coast (16-11), 7

The Bulls are in the region final for the first time since 2014. Bloomingdale got to this point by winning close games. Two of the Bulls’ last three wins were decided by a run. The Sharks are making their first region final appearance since 2017. They have won five straight thanks to stellar pitching and defense that has posted two straight shutouts and has allowed just four runs during that stretch. 

Team leaders

CategoryBloomingdaleNaples Gulf Coast
Batting averageDrake Harman .400Jean Cuello .328
RBIsMarlon Bowen 22Lorenzo Soto 13
Home runsColby Shelton 5Three players tied with one.
ERAJack Owens 0.92Matthew Geller 0.52
StrikeoutsDavid Eckaus 82Matthew Geller 68

Class 2A

Seffner Christian (19-4) at Mount Dora Christian (21-6), 7

The Crusaders are making their first region final appearance. They have won five straight, including the past four by seven or more runs. The Bulldogs are in the region final for just the second time. They have won 13 straight and keep getting better. In the last four games, Mount Dora Christian has outscored opponents by a combined 49-3. 

Team leaders

CategorySeffner ChristianMount Dora Christian
Batting averageDylan Cheeley .405Ty Quan Wiggins .486
RBIsAndrew Ura 22Collin Priest, Ty Quan Wiggins 31
Home runsSpencer Boynton, Andrew Ura 2Collin Priest 9
ERABen Cheek 0.25Cooper Chapman 1.54
StrikeoutsJoey Jensen 80Mekai Griffin 54

Bishop McLaughlin (20-7) at Sarasota Out-of-Door (21-3), 7

The Hurricanes are in the region final for the first time since 2017 and are one game away from reaching the state semifinals for just the third time in school history. Bishop McLaughlin’s success is due in large part to finding ways to pull through in close games. Of the Hurricanes’ nine straight wins, six were decided by two runs or less, including two that went into extra innings. 

Team leaders

CategoryBishop McLaughlinSarasota Out-of-Door
Batting averageAugie Mojica .409Logan Tribble .487
RBIsAndrew Duncan 18Carter Dierdorf 30
Home runsThree players tied with one.Tanner Fairchild 5
ERAEthan Burkhardt 1.20Carter Dierdorf
StrikeoutsTanner Boccabello 55Josh Cone 60

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Baseball: Region semifinal recap (7A-5A, 2A)

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Class 7A

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Scoreboard

Durant 7, Sarasota Riverview 0

Prime time performers

P Sean Hermann, Sr., Durant: Threw 4 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing four hits, finishing with six strikeouts and teaming with Alex Canney on a shutout win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/UTIL Dylan LaPointe, So., Durant: Hit two doubles and had two RBIs and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

C/3B Carlos Morales, Fr., Durant: Went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Sarasota Riverview. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Durant vs. Osceola-Lake Nona winner

Class 6A

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Scoreboard

Bloomingdale 2, Mitchell 1

Prime time performers

INF/P Gabe Garrett, Sr., Bloomingdale: Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a win over Mitchell. 

P/OF Jack Owens, Jr., Bloomingdale: Lasted six innings on the mound, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out seven in a win over Mitchell. 

Saturday’s region final schedule

Bloomingdale at Naples Gulf Coast, 7

Class 5A

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Scoreboard

Land O’ Lakes 3, Ocala Vanguard 0

Prime time performer

P Brian Holiday, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Threw a complete-game no-hitter with 20 strikeouts and was 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored in a win over Ocala Vanguard. It was career win No. 600 for Gators coach Calvin Baisley.

May 19 region final schedule

Land O’ Lakes at Jefferson, 7

Class 2A

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Scoreboard

Seffner Christian 11, Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy 2

Bishop McLaughlin 4, Northside Christian 3 (10 innings)

Prime time performers

OF/P Andrew Duncan, So., Bishop McLaughlin: Powered the Hurricanes’ offense by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in a win over Northside Christian.

C Andrew Ura, Sr., Seffner Christian: Hit a grand slam that ignited the offense in a win over Winter Haven All Saints’ Academy. 

Saturday’s region final schedule  

Seffner Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 7

Bishop McLaughlin at Sarasota Out-of-Door, 7

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