Prep standout signs with UF baseball


Santa Fe High School starting pitcher Kirby Snead throws against Williston High School during the 4A regional semifinal of the state baseball tournament in Williston on May 8.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.

Santa Fe pitcher Kirby Snead realized a dream Wednesday morning when he signed and faxed his national letter of intent to the University of Florida.

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Santa Fe High School starting pitcher Kirby Snead throws against Williston High School during the 4A regional semifinal of the state baseball tournament in Williston on May 8.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound left-hander, who verbally committed to the Gators and coach Kevin O'Sullivan in July of 2011, was a first-team all-area selection last season. He was 5-2 as a junior last spring with a 1.52 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 59.1 innings pitched.

“It just shows that hard works pays off, now that it is here and official this is everything that I have dreamed of,” Snead said. “Playing for UF was a dream and it would be cool to do that and now that I can, it is a wonderful feeling.

“I have wanted to play for UF since I was five years old when I started playing baseball.”

Snead is the second Santa Fe baseball player in recent years to sign with Florida. Former Raiders star Avery Barnes suited up for the Gators from 2006-2009.

Last season, Snead pitched Santa Fe to its first regional playoff victory since 2003. He threw six shutout innings in the Raiders' 5-0 win over Ocala Trinity Catholic in a Class 4A, Region 2 quarterfinal.

Snead's fastball has been clocked between 85-89 mph and he said his change-up is his best pitch. Raiders pitching coach John Pricher has been told by the UF coaching staff that they see him as a reliever to begin his career, according to Snead.

“As long as I am wearing the hat with the “F” on it and playing every day and just being out there that is all I need no matter what it is,” said Snead, who plays travel ball for Gatorball Baseball Academy. “I am excited to be a part of the Gator Nation.”

Although he is signed, Snead could be selected in June's MLB Draft. Snead said that playing in the majors is also a dream of his and that there are a couple of scouts who have taken an interest in him.

“My only concern right now is to finish this senior season and roll into UF,” Snead said. “My intention is to play for UF.”

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