Preseason Power25 Countdown: #21 Merritt Island


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:


                            RHP/OF/C Mason Denaburg

Team: Merritt Island
Preseason Rank21
2016 Record21-8
FHSAA Class: 6A
Head Coach:Greg Plecki
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Semi-Final
Returning Starters: 6


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Mason Denaburg, RHP/OF/C, 2018 (Florida)
Chase Victor, LHP, 2018 (Florida Gulf Coast)
Kyle Dentmon, C, 2018 (Air Force)
Chase LeBlanc, LHP, 2020 (Miami)

X-FACTOR
Mason Denaburg. Currently ranked No.1 in Florida and No. 3 in the country in the 2018 class, Denaburg is a major X-factor for the Mustangs. With a fastball that has been up to 97 mph, he has 1st round potential on the mound. Denaburg is also equally impressive at the plate. He will look to also lead the way offensively for Merritt Island. As Denaburg goes, so will the Mustangs.


KEY PLAYERS LOST
SS Brady McConnell (Florida)
1B Connor Allen (Miami)

OUTLOOK
The Mustangs will look to a pair of seniors to build on strong 2017 campaigns for a successful 2018 season. Denaburg, who batted .449 with seven doubles, four home runs and 19 RBIs and was 3-1 on the mound with a save while striking out 28 in 21.1 ip. They will also rely on Chase Victor who was 6-1 while striking out 46 in 43 ip while also batting .387 with 19 RBIs in 2017.  Transfer Kyle Denton will also look to impact the Mustang offense while freshman Miami commit Chase LeBlanc will look to bolster the rotation.  The returning talent bring Merritt Island in at No 21 in Preseason Power25.

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