Preseason Top 25 Preview: No. 17 Jupiter



By 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:


                            OF Reese Albert

Team: Jupiter
Preseason Rank: 17
2016 Record: 20-10
FHSAA Class: 9A
Head Coach: Andy Mook
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Finals
Returning Starters: 11


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Reese Albert, OF, 2017 (FSU)
Anthony Servideo, INF, 2017 (Ole Miss)
Mason Doolittle, C, 2017 (LSU)
Andrew Martinez,INF, 2017 (North Florida)
Mitchell Hartigan, OF/P, 2018 (FAU)
Tyler Ward, 1B, 2017 (Air Force)

X-FACTOR
Offensive Firepower. With six division recruits leading the way offensively, the Warriors will have plenty of offense to drive in run. With a solid combination of power and speed they should have the ability to both manufacture runs with stolen bases and small ball as well as drive in runs via the extra base hit and home run. 

KEY PLAYERS LOST
RHP Zac Sprankle (FGCU)
OF Brayden Ward (USC-Upstate)
RHP James Reynolds (Palm Beach State)
RHP Kyle McMullen (Palm Beach State)


OUTLOOK
Following a run to the regional finals, the Warriors will look to their offense to carry them deep into the playoffs this year after losing their top three arms from last year in Sprankle, Reynolds and McMullen.  Despite the loss on the mound, the offense will return 8 players, 7 or whom played in 20 or more games last season. The offense will be led by Albert, Doolittle, Servideo and Martinez who combined for a total of 65 RBIs, 7 home runs and 22 stolen bases. The Warriors are consistently in the hunt for a state title, with this year being no different. They will look to a young pitching rotation to step up, but will be in every game with their offensive firepower.   
  

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