Nander De Sedas Leads 2018 Class Into Tally

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This year’s annual Major League Baseball Draft concluded earlier in the week as senior first-baseman Rhett Aplin and redshirt junior Cobi Johnson rounded out day three of the draft. Making it a total of nine Florida State players led by catcher Cal Raleigh and RHP Cole Sands to be selected in this year’s draft.

Having five players go within the first ten rounds, and four of them being juniors plus already having LHP Tyler Holton opting to go pro, at a bare minimum it’s possible the ‘Noles bring back both Sands and Lueck for their senior season. Raleigh, a third-round selection by the Mariners, is almost a guarantee to forego his final season in Tallahassee to sign professionally.

After a historical yet disappointing season in 2018, Head Coach Mike Martin and the Seminoles have a few holes to fill with the likely departure of both Raleigh and Holton. By doing so, it appears as if the ‘Noles will be welcoming all of its draftees from the 2018 recruiting class.

In the last couple of years, Martin and his staff have lost a fair share of nationally ranked kids to the MLB draft such as SS Brandon Rodgers, 3B Joshua Lowe, and LHP D.L Hall. Therefore making it rather unusual for 11 to bring in a full class as he seems to be doing with the 2018 class

Leading this year’s recruiting class for the Seminoles is Montverde Academy SS/2B Nander De Sedas. De Sedas, a Perfect Game All-American who at one time was considered a top-10 draft prospect, abruptly fell due to signability issues until Milwaukee selected him in the 29th round. The Montverde, Fl product strongly resembles the play of former Puerto Rico native and Montverde alumni Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians. The 6-foot-1 190-pound 19-year-old possesses top of the scale defensive actions with plus range to both sides and can play either position up the middle. At the plate, De Sedas is a legit switch hitter that flashes power from both sides of the plate but lacked consistency in his senior year. Expect to see Nander contend for a starting job up the middle as rising junior Tyler Daughtry and SS Mike Salvatore both return in 2019.

Aside from De Sedas, the ‘Noles saw 4 more commits get to hear their name called in this year’s draft. For the most part guys such as RHP Jack Anderson and C Matheu Nelson seem to be locks to see the field at Dick Howser Stadium next fall. However, Brandon Howlett who is a standout 3B/SS from the travel ball powerhouse 5 Star National may opt to go the JUCO route and declare pro after his 2 years. Also according to Tomahawk Nation OF/RHP Robby Martin and Cole Beverlin have yet to make a decision on whether or not they will sign their offered contracts, yet it seems highly unlikely they do not make their way to Tallahassee late this summer.  

This year’s 2018 recruiting class finished third in the ACC and 13th in the nation behind conference rivals Clemson and Louisville. In-state rival Florida signed the third overall class in the nation, but is likely to lose top recruit Anthony Siegler to the Yankees. Another name to watch for in this years recruiting class is FTB product Alec Sanchez. Sanchez, a Jacksonville native, was named to the 2018 Rawling’s Perfect Game All-American Team after being named to the 1s- Team Underclass All-America team the previous year before.

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