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All-Florida League Team Announced

Date:  Source: Florida Collegiate Summer League

The Florida League front office has selected the members of the 2017 All-Florida League Team. These players excelled on the field throughout the summer, and we would like to recognize them for their performance.


Catcher

Anthony George - UCF

Altamonte Springs Scorpions

24 G – 27-82 (.329 avg) - .417 OBP - .500 SLG – 3 2B – 1 3B – 3 HR – 15 R – 14 RBI – 9 SB

George started the season about two weeks late, but made an immediate impact reaching base three times in his first game. Over the course of the year, he tallied seven multi-hit games, and scored or drove in a run in 20 of the 24 games he played in for the Scorpions. He also had two walk off hits … a single in the 11th inning on June 19th vs. Winter Garden and a home run in the 10th against Leesburg on July 29th. George hit a homerun as a member of the South All-Star Team, and also traveled to North Carolina with the Prospect Team.


First Base

Jacob Katzfey – Wichita State

Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

32 G – 36-114 (.316 avg) - .392 OBP - .553 SLG – 2 2B – 2 3B – 7 HR – 23 R – 30 RBI

Katzfey had a monster year at the plate for Winter Park, helping the Dawgs lead the League in multiple offensive categories. Katzfey led the league in home runs, slugging and total bases, and finished second in RBI. He tallied eight games with 2+ RBI, and twelve games with 2+ hits. His standout performance came on July 27th in Leesburg when he went 5-5 with a homerun, five runs, five RBI and a stolen base. He also had a two-homerun game on June 28th against Sanford. Katzfey added two hits and an RBI in the All-Star Game, as well as two hits, a double and an RBI in the Prospect Showcase.


Second Base

Omar Villaman – Florida Southern

Sanford River Rats

33 G – 41-119 (.345 avg) - .415 OBP - .445 SLG – 6 2B – 2 HR – 17 R – 12 RBI – 7 SB

For the second consecutive summer, Villaman was one of the top hitters in the League. He collected 14 games with 2+ hits, which was the most in the league. He picked up at least one hit in 24 of the 33 games he played in this summer. His best game of the year came on the biggest stage at Tropicana Field during the Championship Game. Villaman earned MVP honors going 3-5 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.  He finishes his Florida League career as the All-Time leader in batting average with a .386 mark.


Third Base

Sadler Goodwin – Troy

Winter Garden Squeeze

29 G – 30-108 (.278 avg) - .325 OBP - .528 SLG – 9 2B – 6 HR – 17 R – 32 RBI – 3 SB

Goodwin was the most feared hitter at the plate in the month of June, driving in 26 runs in 18 games. He had eight multi-hit games during the month, with his most impressive showing coming on June 21st. Ina doubleheader versus Altamonte, the League MVP went 4-6 with two doubles, two homeruns, three runs scored and ten RBI. He also had an impressive showing at the Prospect Showcase, collecting three hits, three runs and three RBI. Goodwin added two home runs to his total in a playoff game against Sanford on August 2nd.  


Shortstop

Cristian Rivera – Webber International

Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

38 G – 30-120 (.250 avg) - .352 OBP - .350 SLG – 1 2B – 1 3B – 3 HR – 19 R – 19 RBI

Rivera starred for the Diamond Dawgs on both offense and defense. His best performance came on June 29th at Conrad Park in DeLand when he went 3-4 with a homerun, three runs and three RBI. Rivera earned All-Star Game MVP honors with three hits, two doubles, a run and an RBI. He was a member of the Prospect Team as well. In Winter Park’s two playoff games, Rivera reached base seven times in ten plate appearances, including five times in the Championship Game. Rivera was also voted as the League’s top defensive player by coaches and staff.


Outfield

Ray Alejo – UCF

Altamonte Springs Scorpions

27 G – 33-97 (.340 avg) - .444 OBP - .546 SLG – 4 2B – 2 3B – 4 HR – 24 R – 12 RBI – 14 SB

Alejo made his mark early in the season with a monster game in Altamonte’s home opener. In a 13-inning thriller, Alejo tied the game in the ninth with a two-run bomb, and then finished things off with a walkoff dinger in the 13th. For the game, he was 5-8 with 13 total bases, three runs scored and four RBI. It was one of nine multi-hit games for him on the year. Alejo led the league in OPS and was third in average and home runs. He was voted to the South All-Star team and collected three hits as a member of the Prospect Team.


Outfield

Kyle Guttveg – Embry Riddle

Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

33 G – 40-121 (.331 avg) - .399 OBP - .512 SLG – 6 2B – 2 3B – 4 HR – 20 R – 21 RBI

Guttveg was a key cog in the middle of the lineup for the dangerous Winter Park offense. He tallied 14 games with 2+ hits, including five of the last ten as the Diamond Dawgs were fighting for playoff contention. On June 23rd against Altamonte, Guttveg went 2-5 with two dingers, four RBI and three runs scored. He finished third in the league in hits and home runs, fourth in batting average and slugging, and sixth in on-base percentage. Guttveg was elected to the South All-Star team. 


Outfield

Jacob Silverstein – West Florida

Winter Garden Squeeze

29 G – 34-104 (.327 avg) - .413 OBP - .375 SLG – 3 2B – 1 #B – 16 R – 6 RBI – 9 SB

Silverstein paced the Squeeze at the top of the lineup all season, finishing fifth in the league in OBP. Including the playoffs and the All-Star Game, he had at least one hit in 27 of the 33 games he played in this summer. He had 10 multi-hit games in the regular season, and two in the playoffs. Silverstein’s best performance came in the second game of the year against Leesburg when he reached base four times, scored twice and stole four bases. His .342 career batting average in two seasons ranks him 3rd all-time in the league record books.


Designated Hitter

Cage Cox – Alabama State

Leesburg Lightning

36 G – 36-123 (.293 avg) - .393 OBP - .415 SLG – 9 2B – 2 HR – 24 R – 18 RBI – 7 SB

Cox was the leader of the Lightning offense, pacing the team in runs, hits, doubles, steals and slugging. Of his ten multi-hit performances, Cox’s best effort came on June 27th against Winter Garden. He went 2-3 in the game, with both hits going over the right field wall. He scored twice, drove in three and walked once in the 7-2 Lightning win. Cox finished second in the league in doubles and third in runs scored.


Pitcher

David Litchfield – UCF

Altamonte Springs Scorpions

13 G – 1.04 ERA – 34.2 IP – 20 H – 4 ER – 7 BB – 24 K

Litchfield earned League Cy Young honors after a tremendous year for the Scorpions. He made eleven appearances out of the bullpen, and two starts. Both starts came with Altamonte battling for playoff position at the end of the year, and Litchfield excelled under pressure. In the two starts combined, he threw 15.1 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on nine hits with six strikeouts as Altamonte earned the W in each game. Litchfield led the league in ERA and batting average against (.171).


Pitcher

Dillon McCollough – Eckerd

DeLand Suns

11 G – 1.78 ERA – 35.1 IP – 24 H – 7 ER – 9 BB – 39 K

McCollough was the bright spot on a tough year for the DeLand Suns. In his first four appearances, all in relief, the junior lefty had allowed six earned in 2.2 innings for an ERA of 20.25. Once he was switched to a starter on July 1st, things changed quickly. By the end of the year, McCollough shaved his ERA all the way down to 1.78, good for fourth in the league. He was helped in large part to a 22 inning scoreless streak that covered his last four games of the season. He also led the league in strikeouts with 39. 


Pitcher

Tyler Keysor – East Florida State

Winter Park Diamond Dawgs

7 G – 2.02 ERA – 26.2 IP – 16 H – 6 ER – 12 BB – 33 K

Keysor was one of the most dominant starters in the league this summer. During a three start run from mid-June through early July, Keysor tossed 16 innings, allowing only three runs (one earned) on eight hits and six walks while striking out 18. His best performance came in the playoffs against the Scorpions. Keysor tossed 6.2 innings without giving up a run on three hits. He struck out six in the outing. Keysor was a member of both the All-Star team and the Prospect Team. In two innings of work in North Carolina, he struck out four batters. He had the highest velo of any player in the league, touching 95 MPH on the radar gun.


Pitcher

Drew Peden – Florida Atlantic

Leesburg Lightning

13 G – 0.47 ERA – 19 IP – 9 H – 1 ER – 5 BB – 24 K

The sidearm reliever appeared in 13 games, totaling 19 innings on the mound. In those innings, he allowed only 14 total baserunners on nine hits and five walks. Of those 14 runners, one player … Zack Goble of DeLand on July 13th … came around to score. Hitters failed to make hard contact against Peden all summer long. Against 67 total batters faced, they combined for a batting average of .145, an on-base percentage of .209 and a slugging percentage of .161. In fact, Peden allowed only one extra base hit … a double … all year. Peden was named the Top Reliever in the League for the 2nd time, and is the Florida League all-time leader in appearances and saves.


Pitcher

CJ Carter – Troy

Sanford River Rats

15 G – 1.39 ERA – 19.1 IP – 13 H – 3 ER – 10 BB – 31 K

Carter started the season hot for the Rats, striking out ten batters in the first two games of the year. This included striking out seven of the nine hitters he faced on June 2. He continued his dominance throughout the summer, with eight outings of hitless baseball. By mixing his arm slot from sidearm to ¾, Carter kept hitters off balance all summer, holding them to a .183 average against.  He tied for the league lead in saves with eight.


Pitcher

Mat Oset – New Orleans

Altamonte Springs Scorpions

14 G – 2.45 ERA – 22 IP – 14 H – 6 ER – 13 BB – 34 K

Of all the weapons available in the Altamonte bullpen, Oset may have been the most valuable. The junior righty was often called in to put in extended work in tight games. Eleven of his fourteen appearances lasted 1.1 innings or more. The Leesburg Lightning were the only team to score against him, doing so on June 30th and July 26th. Oset turned in ten games of 2+ strikeouts, and finished fourth in the league in Ks despite only throwing 22 innings. He also led the league in wins with a 5-1 record.


Second Team All-Florida League

P – Michael Johnson, Leesburg – North Carolina A&T

P – Vladimir Nunez, Sanford – Stetson

P – Jared Cenal, Altamonte – St. Petersburg College

P – Lance Johnson, Winter Garden – Troy

P – Ethan Jones, Winter Garden – Flagler

P – Zach Drury, Winter Park – UNF

C – Elih Marrero, Sanford – St. Thomas

1B – Tristen Gagan, Leesburg – Southeast Missouri

2B – Drew Frederic, Winter Garden – Troy

3B – Trace Thornal, Altamonte – Southeastern

SS – Dany Rodriguez, Winter Park – Reinhardt

OF – Camden Williamson, Leesburg – North Carolina A&T

OF – Richie Rivera, Sanford – Tampa

OF – Rodney Tennie, Sanford – Georgia Gwinnett