Prep Baseball Report

In-Depth Look at In-State 2016 Recruiting Class

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

Florida’s 2016 class looks to be another bumper crop of high-level prospects, many of whom that will factor heavily in next year’s draft. While the majority of the top 2016 prospects are verbally committed in Florida, the state’s best overall prospect – and arguably the No. 1 prospect in the country – RHP/SS Austin Bergner (Windermere Prep HS) has yet to name his school. The highly athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-hander, who was up to 95 mph at Jupiter in October, undoubtedly will have his choice of schools if he makes it to campus.

Bergner, however, is one of the few exceptions. Most of Florida’s top 2016 prospects have pledged their commitments to in-state schools already.

Miami has made a significant dent in Florida’s 2016 class, with commitments from left-handed hitting C Herbert Iser (Miami Killian HS), RHP Anthony Molina (Somerset Academy Charter HS) and RHP/SS Gregory Veliz, to name a few high-profile recruits. In all, the Hurricanes have nine in-state 2016 commitments.

The crown jewel of Florida State’s 2016 class is LHP Cole Ragans (North Florida Christian HS), a 6-foot-4, 185-pounder who is one of the top prospects in the country. SS/RHP Drew Mendoza (Lake Minneola HS), RHP Brandon Reitz (Trinity Catholic HS) and INF Nick Derr (IMG Academy HS) are also top 2016 prospects. Florida State also has nine in-state 2016 commitments.

Not to be outdone, Florida once again has a strong class behind LHP/OF Andrew Baker (Ridge HS), RHP/3B Garrett Milchin (West Orange HS) and left-handed hitting OF Keenan Bell (Episcopal HS), to name a few.

The new coaching staff at South Florida has made significant headway into the state already. Building off a strong 2015 class, head coach Mark Kingston has landed RHP Tobias Myers (Winter Haven HS), RHP Ross Korosec (Winter Springs HS) and C Jordan Santos (Tampa Catholic HS).

Central Florida’s 2016 class is spearheaded by INF Joe Skinner (Bishop Moore HS), LHP Jesus Luzardo (Parkland HS) and INF/RHP Rylan Thomas (Windermere Prep HS).  

Here’s a look at who’s going where, broken down by school:

In-State Florida Schools

Central Florida

Joe Sheridan FL Hagerty 2016 LHP Central Florida
Joe Skinner FL Bishop Moore 2016 3B Central Florida
Jesus Luzardo FL Marjory Stoneman Douglas 2016 LHP Central Florida
Rylan Thomas FL Windermere Prep 2016 3B Central Florida
Travis Hosterman FL Hagerty 2016 LHP Central Florida
Anthony Churlin FL Island Coast 2016 OF Central Florida


Austin Langworthy FL Williston 2016 LHP Florida
Keenan Bell FL Stanton College Prep 2016 OF Florida
Andrew Baker FL Ridge Community 2016 LHP Florida
Nick Long FL Sarasota 2016 SS Florida
Garrett Milchin FL West Orange 2016 RHP Florida

Florida Atlantic

Christopher Moore FL Dr. Phillips 2016 RHP Florida Atlantic
Kyle Farjad FL Seminole Ridge Community 2016 LHP Florida Atlantic
Eric Rivera FL Flanagan 2016 OF Florida Atlantic

Florida International

Austin James FL Bloomingdale 2016 SS Florida International
Juan Carlos Abreu FL Winter Springs 2016 OF Florida International
Jacinto Arredondo FL South Sumter 2016 RHP Florida International

Florida State

Drew Parrish FL Rockledge 2016 LHP Florida State
Brandon Reitz FL Trinity Catholic 2016 RHP Florida State
Grant Stewart FL Paxton 2016 OF Florida State
Cole Ragans FL North Florida Christian 2016 LHP Florida State
Jared Herron FL Trinity Prep 2016 C Florida State
Drew Mendoza FL Lake Minneola 2016 SS Florida State
Ryan Mejia FL Alonso 2016 OF Florida State
Nick Derr FL IMG Academy 2016 SS Florida State
Clayton Kwiakowski FL Tampa Jesuit 2016 LHP Florida State


Scott Dubrule FL Venice 2016 SS Jacksonville
Mark Potter FL Melbourne Central Catholic 2016 RHP Jacksonville


Mason Studstill FL Rockledge 2016 RHP Miami
Herbert Iser FL Killian 2016 C Miami
Gregory Veliz FL Key West 2016 RHP Miami
Anthony Masiello FL North Broward Prep 2016 LHP Miami
Michael Amditis FL Boca Raton Community 2016 C Miami
Javier Valdes FL Gulliver Prep 2016 SS Miami
Colton Welker FL Marjory Stoneman Douglas 2016 SS Miami
Evan McKendry FL Nova Southeastern 2016 RHP Miami
Anthony Molina FL Somerset Academy 2016 RHP Miami

North Florida

Tanner Murphy FL Bartram Trail 2016 OF North Florida

South Florida

Ross Korosec FL Winter Springs 2016 RHP South Florida
Tobias Myers FL Winter Haven 2016 3B South Florida
Jordan Santos FL Tampa Catholic 2016 C South Florida


Jake Sullivan FL Durant 2016 C Tampa

Notable Out-of-State Schools


Garret Rukes FL Pine Crest 2016 LHP Alabama
Sawyer Smith FL J. M. Tate Senior 2016 OF Alabama

Arizona State

Bo Bichette FL Lakewood 2016 3B Arizona State


Matthew Cronin FL Navarre 2016 LHP Arkansas


Chase Cheek FL Dr. Phillips 2016 OF Duke


Todd Peterson FL Lake Mary 2016 RHP LSU


Thomas Spinelli FL Trinity Catholic 2016 LHP Mississippi

North Carolina

Tyler Baum FL West Orange 2016 RHP North Carolina

Notre Dame

Anthony Holubecki FL IMG Academy 2016 RHP Notre Dame
Andrew Belcik FL East Lake 2016 RHP Notre Dame

South Carolina

Marc Coffers FL Barron Collier 2016 C South Carolina
Carlos Cortes FL Oviedo 2016 OF South Carolina
Riley Hogan FL Edgewater 2016 3B South Carolina


Brandon Chinea FL Florida Christian 2016 SS Tennessee


Harrison Ray FL Lake Brantley 2016 SS Vanderbilt
Michael Sandborn FL Tampa Jesuit 2016 LHP Vanderbilt

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