College World Series: Florida's road to Omaha
Florida Gators team profile
How they got here: Won Gainesville Regional in a three-game sweep; defeated Florida State in Gainesville Super Regional in three games.
Key players: SP A.J. Puk, SP Logan Shore, OF Buddy Reed, C J.J. Schwarz, IF Peter Alonso
College World Series appearances: 10 (0 championships)
No one is deeper or more talented on the mound than the No. 1 overall seed Gators. A.J. Puk, the No. 6 overall pick in the MLB Draft, is the third starter in the rotation behind Logan Shore and Alex Faedo. I'd like to say Florida needs Puk to be more consistent to make a title run, but the their staff is so loaded that it may not matter. When Puk faltered in the fourth inning of the deciding game against Florida State in the Gainesville super, the Gators just swapped him out with another first-rounder, shutdown reliever Dane Dunning.
They have plenty of the talent at the plate as well: Buddy Reed is a first-rounder, power-hitting Peter Alonso has mashed four homers in six games since returning from a broken hand and J.J. Schwarz, the reigning Freshman of the Year, will have his confidence up after his grand slam helped beat FSU on Monday.
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