The signing deadline for MLB draftees has passed, and six players from Florida’s national championship-winning baseball team have signed professional contracts. Four players were taken in the first 10 rounds and received signing bonus that totaled about $4.2 million.
Leading the way is right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo, the Gators’ ace last season and the 2017 College World Series Most Outstanding player who the Detroit Tigers selected 18th overall. Faedo signed with a $3.5 million bonus, slightly above his slot value of $3.2 million. Faedo is the seventh Florida player under Kevin O’Sullivan to be selected in the first round. The Gators have had at least one player taken in the first round each of the last three years.
In addition to Faedo, shortstop Dalton Guthrie (6th round, Philadelphia Phillies, $350,000), catcher Mike Rivera (6th round, Cleveland Indians, $200,000), catcher Mark Kolozsvary (7th round, Cincinnati Reds, $147,500), pitcher David Lee (27th round, Pittsburgh Pirates) and pitcher Frank Rubio (29th round, San Francisco Giants) also signed deals.
Second baseman Deacon Liput and catcher/first baseman JJ Schwarz will return to Florida for the 2018 season.
Three Florida signees selected in the top 10 rounds — right-handed pitcher Samuel Carlson (2nd round, Seattle Mariners, $2 million), catcher Samuel McMillan (5th round, Tigers, $1 million) and catcher Zach Jackson (6th round, St. Louis Cardinals, $400,000) — also opted to go pro instead of coming to school. Their combined bonuses total $3.4 million, well above their combined slot values of $1.76 million.
This means the remaining 13 members of Florida’s 2017 recruiting class are expected to come to school as the Gators attempt to defend their first national championship. Of the 13 signees coming to Florida, seven were ranked among the top 150 high school seniors by Perfect Game and 11 were in the top 250. Five are ranked in the top 15 of their respective position.
Shortstop Brady McConnell highlights the class. Perfect Game ranked McConnell as the 29th overall player in the Class of 2017. He is the fourth-highest ranked high school prospect in the class who decided to play collegiately, behind Arkansas’ Cole Turney, Miami’s Alejandro Toral and Southern California’s Kyle Hurt.
Florida’s full class, listed alphabetically by last name with links to each player’s Perfect Game profiles, is below.
|Name||Position||National Ranking||Position Ranking|
|Jordan Butler||LHP||No. 111||No. 15|
|Connor Churchill||RHP||No. 384||No. 129|
|Jose Ciccarello||SS||No. 232||No. 41|
|Justin Farmer||OF||No. 168||No. 39|
|Colton Gordon-Zimring||LHP||No. 229||No. 28|
|Calvin Greenfield||C||No. 102||No. 6|
|Jack Leftwich||RHP||No. 45||No. 13|
|Tommy Mace||RHP||No. 72||No. 23|
|Brady McConnell||SS||No. 29||No. 5|
|Hunter McMullen||RHP||No. 269||No. 88|
|Garrett “Hunter” Ruth||RHP||No. 55||No. 18|
|Shane Shifflett||SS||No. 114||No. 21|
|Brady Smith||C||No. 135||No. 9|