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Gators to be drafted today, possibly

A quick look at Gator baseball...

GAINESVILLE -- This season was an overall improvement for Florida baseball. The Gators did lose their first two regional games, however, which left considerable distance between UF and powerhouses FSU and Miami.

Where does the team go from here? Likely up. First-year coach Kevin O'Sullivan guided his team to a 34-24 record and several impressive wins. (Winning a series against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., comes to mind. The Gators also had wins against Miami and FSU.) O'Sullivan landed a Top 10 recruiting class, which includes right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran of Plantation American Heritage and lefty pitcher Zach Parks of Miami Palmetto.

The core of Florida's returning talent could take a major hit today if junior infielder Cole Figueroa likes where he's drafted and leaves Florida for professional baseball. Other Florida juniors who could be drafted today include right-handed pitcher Patrick Keating, left-handed pitcher Stephen Locke, and outfielder Avery Barnes. Seniors with a chance to be drafted include Josh Edmonson (RHP), Jon Townsend (INF) and Brandon McArthur (INF). ESPN begins its MLB draft coverage at 2 p.m. today (Thursday). The draft begins at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Florida rising sophomore Matt den Dekker of Broward County heads to the Cape Cod League for summer ball. He'll likely be joined by several teammates, including Figueroa (if he's not drafted) and talented sophomore-to-be Tommy Toledo of Sarasota.

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