FORT MYERS, Fla., - In college baseball, there are three states that produce the most talent: California, Texas and Florida. Rivals.com recently ranked the top teams in the top three states and FGCU was fourth in the state of Florida. In the state, FGCU was fourth of the 13 Division I teams in the state.
Rivals.com says that “FGCU has taken a page out of Coastal Carolina’s playbook. The Eagles joined Division I last season, but is still playing under what the NCAAA calls a probationary period. That means the Eagles can’t officially win the Atlantic Sun regular season or tournament titles. Even with the constraints last season, the Eagles finished first in conference with a 25-8 record. They also had an overall record of 35-18.”
Following the 2008 season, the Eagles had three players selected in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. A-Sun pitcher of the year Richard Bleier was selected in the sixth round by the Rangers and fellow hurler Casey Coleman was a 15th round selection of the Cubs. A-Sun player of the year Jason Peacock was also selected by the Marlins. In the last three seasons, FGCU has had nine players sign deals in professional baseball.