Florida’s 2019 Class ranked No. 3 by Baseball America

McKethan Stadium on the UF campus. [Cyndi Chambers/ Correspondent]

Special to Gatorsports.com

Florida is ranked No. 3 in Baseball America’s 2019 recruiting rankings.

For the seventh year in a row, the Gators coaching staff has brought in a top-five recruiting class. Florida has had a top five class nine times in 12 years under head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.

UF’s class ranked third behind Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. The Southeastern Conference accounted for six of the top 10 classes.

The Gators incoming class includes 15 newcomers — 13 freshmen and two transfers. For the seventh year in a row, UF had at least five players from the BA 500.

Four incoming freshmen were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft: right-hander Brandon Sproat (7th round), infielder Josh Rivera (22nd round), left-hander Hunter Barco (24th round) and right-hander Tyler Nesbit (32nd round).

Baseball America’s recruiting rankings are based on players who enroll at school each fall. Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school but then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

The Gators will begin fall practices on Friday, Oct. 11.

Baseball America 2019 Recruiting Rankings

  1. Vanderbilt
  2. Mississippi
  3. Florida
  4. Texas Christian
  5. UCLA
  6. Mississippi State
  7. Louisiana State
  8. Arizona State
  9. Auburn
  10. Texas
  11. South Carolina
  12. Miami
  13. Clemson
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Alabama
  16. Virginia
  17. North Carolina
  18. Georgia Tech
  19. Stanford
  20. Louisville
  21. Maryland
  22. Oklahoma
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Arizona
  25. Brigham Young