Florida baseball secures commitment from 2023 pitcher

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Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan landed a future arm for his pitching rotation on Saturday as 2023 pitcher Grayson Smith announced his commitment to the team. The prospect from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was previously committed to Stetson.

The 6-foot-3-inch right-hander announced his decision to join the Gators’ class on Twitter.

Though he’s not necessarily considered an elite pitcher in the class, there are a lot of attributes to like in Smith. His fastball, which accounts for a large percentage of the pitches he throws, tops out at 91 mph according to Prep Baseball Report. He’s effective against right-handed batters pitching from the high 3/4 slot as his fastball sinks late and cuts inside.

The speed on his secondary offerings ranges from 74-78 mph, and his pitches have solid spin rates, especially on changeups. For a rising high school junior, he has a nice arsenal of pitches to work with and has plenty of room to develop.

Smith is one of two right-handers (and three pitchers overall) currently in UF’s 2023 class. He may not have the stuff to ever be an ace for the Gators, but his versatility opens the door for him to one day potentially become a weekend starter in Gainesville.

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