Preseason Power25 Countdown: #10 Columbus


Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:

Team: Columbus
Preseason Rank: 10
2017 Record: 25-3
FHSAA Class: 9A
Head Coach: Joe Weber  
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Quarterfinal
Returning Starters: 7


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Kevin Acosta, C, 2018
Matthew Alfonso, INF, 2018
E.J. Doskow, 1B, 2018 (Stetson)
Danny San Pedro, RHP, 2018 (Pittsburgh)
Anthony Arguelles, RHP, 2018
Alex Ulloa, SS, 2021 (Miami)

X-FACTOR
Danny San Pedro
. The athletic right hander returns after tying for the team lead in wins in 2017 with 8 and lead the team in ERA with a 0.73. He struck out 76 in 57.2 innings while only walking 13. A true ace with experience leads the way for the Explorers.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
RHP Chris Gonzalez
INF Mike Fernandez (Virginia Tech)
C Danny Martin (Stetson)

OUTLOOK
A talented team in 2017 who only lost 3 games, will returns a lot of young talent in 2018. Led on the mound by their ace Danny San Pedro, who went 8-1 with a 0.73 ERA while striking out 76 and nly walking 13 in 2017, they also have a strong group of young arms. Offensively, they will be led by Matthew Alofono who batted .309 in 2017 and power hitting first baseman E.J. Doskow who batted .274 with a home run and 14 RBIs.  They will also look to a young, talented freshman in Alex Ulloa to help bolster their lineup in 2017. A talented group, with experience, comes in at No 10 in the Preseason Power25.

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