Preseason Power25 Countdown: No. 6 American Heritage Plantation

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:

                              1B Triston Casas

Team: American Heritage
Preseason Rank: 6
2017 Record: 20-7
FHSAA Class: 6A
Head Coach: Bruce Aven
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Quarter-Final
Returning Starters: 8

Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Triston Casas, 1B, 2018 (Miami)
Cory Acton, MIF, 2018 (Florida)
Bailey Mantilla, LHP, 2018 (Miami)
Julio Cortez, C, 2018 (USF)
Ryan Cabarcas, LHP, 2019 (Florida)
Jordan Carrion, MIF/RHP, 2020 (Florida)
Enrique Bradfield, OF, 2020 (Vanderbilt)
Gavin Casas, 1B, 2020 (Vanderbilt)

Cory Acton. After posting a .458 batting average with 26 RBIs and 25 runs scored last season, the Florida recruit will look to be one of the main contributors in the middle of the lineup.

SS Mark Vientos (New York Mets)
OF Justin Connell (Washington Nationals)
RHP Christian Santana (Florida International)
3B/RHP Anthony Boix (Broward JC)
3B/OF Travis Holt (High Point)

With the return of eight starters from last year, the expectations are to compete and win a state championship. On offense, Heritage should be able to score plenty of runs with T. Casas and Acton in the middle of the line-up. To go along with their high powered offense, they will look to lefties Mantilla and Cabarcas to lead their pitching staff. They have a tough regular season schedule, but the Patriots are a talented and deep group up and down the roster, and come in at No. 6 in the Preseason Power25.

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