Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan walks to the dugout an NCAA Super Regional college baseball game against Auburn Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Gator Baseball Roster Undergoes Significant Changes

The Gator baseball roster continues to change as seven players have entered the transfer portal. These players include Jorge De Gotti (freshman infielder), Mac Guscette (catcher), Timmy Manning (left-handed pitcher), Nick Pogue (right-handed pitcher), Corey Robinson (outfielder), Karl Hartman (right-handed pitcher) and Kris Armstrong (junior infielder).

Currently, there are about 2,500 players in the transfer portal, and Florida’s seven-player transfer pales in comparison to other schools.

As of right now, 16 players from Vanderbilt are listed in the transfer portal. Mississippi State has 13. Florida State has 12 players in the portal, the University of Miami has six and the University of South Florida has ten.

According to a source who spoke to Gators Online, Kevin O’Sullivan is searching for two pitchers and two hitters. This number will probably rise as the Gators are in need of bringing a number of pitchers, a catcher and a few other batters.

New Transfers

To start, the Gators have recruited two players. Mercer outfielder Colby Thomas and Coastal Carolina infielder Dale Thomas.

Dale Thomas is joining his former teammate BT Riopelle, who previously played at Coastal Carolina for three seasons.

Colby Thomas was referred to be “one of the better athletes in the 2022 college class” by MLB Pipeline.

Colby Thomas announced that he was transferring to the University of Florida on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/colby_thomas2/status/1539997704771731458

Significance of the transfer portal

Nonetheless, Baseball is hardly an exception to how the transfer portal alters collegiate sports. Kevin O’Sullivan has previously been cautious about using the transfer portal. At the high school level, O’Sullivan and his team have always been effective recruiters.

The 2022 Gator baseball roster consists of 35 players. The Gators had 21 freshmen, and their youth was apparent all season long. This, along with the accomplishments of transfer BT Riopelle, has altered O’Sullivan’s approach to using the transfer portal during the offseason.

The transfer portal has proven to be a new norm in college baseball that coaches are learning to adjust.

About Cristina Santiago

Cristina Santiago is a senior at the University of Florida studying journalism with a concentration in sports and media.

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