FORT MYERS, Fla. – Several FGCU baseball players spent their summers playing in the top collegiate leagues around the country. Late last week, sophomore outfielder Sean Dwyer (Leesburg, Fla./Tavares HS) and Missouri transfer Ryan Gebhart (Waco, Texas/Midway HS/Missouri) were named to the Top Prospect lists in the respective summer leagues by Baseball America.
The top prospect lists for all 20 college summer leagues and Team USA can be found at www.BaseballAmerica.com or in the recent issue on newsstands now. Baseball America ranked the top 30 prospects for the talent-rich Cape Code League, the top 20 prospects in the Northwoods League, and the top 10 prospects in 17 other summer college leagues, plus a top five in the fledging futures league.
For the second straight summer, Dwyer played in the Northwoods League, landing at No. 14 on the prospect list. A 15th round selection of the San Diego Padres in 2010, Dwyer produced a .298 batting average with 39 runs scored, 70 hits, seven doubles, seven home runs and 35 RBI for the Willmar Stingers. The Leesburg, Fla. product was named to the North Division All-Star team and finished 13th in the Northwoods in hits, tied for 14th in home runs and tied for 15th in RBI. Dwyer had a hit in 49 of 64 games, including 17 multi-hit performances.
Dwyer started 52 games in left field as a freshman in 2011, batting .234 with 30 runs scored, 47 hits, a team-high two triples, three home runs and 29 RBI. His 17 extra-base hits were the fourth-best total on the team, while he upped his average to .296 in Atlantic Sun action thanks to delivering a hit in 18 of 30 league games. Dwyer closed the season with a hit in 15 of the last 20 contests.
Gebhart played three seasons at Missouri before transferring to FGCU this summer. Expected to make an immediate impact with the Eagles, Gebhart earned a No. 7 ranking in the Jayhawk League after a strong summer with the El Dorado Broncos. Over 34 games in the six-team league, Gebhart finished as the Jayhawk League leader with a .382 batting average. He also added 34 hits, five doubles, a triple, four home runs and 12 RBI.
A three-year letter winner with Missouri, Gebhart started 43 games over that span despite battling injury. He opened his sophomore year on a nine-game hit streak that included five multi-hit contests. Gebhart hit .328 over 20 games in 2010, with 17 runs scored 22 hits, three doubles, one home run, 11 RBI and 20 walks. A majority of those games were against Big XII foes.
A total of five Atlantic Sun players landed on the lists, led by two each from FGCU and Stetson, along with Jacksonville’s Adam Brett Walker (Cape Cod League), who is the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year.
After the summer of 2009, former FGCU five-time All-American and 2010 first round pick of the Chicago White Sox Chris Sale was named the top prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America. Sale followed the strong summer by leading FGCU to its third straight A-Sun regular season title while being named the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year and a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award.