Brandon Sproat, Florida weekend starting pitcher, makes final decision after MLB Draft
Brandon Sproat is returning to Florida for the 2023 season, giving Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad a big boost for next season. Sproat did not come to terms with the New York Mets, who selected him No. 90 overall in the 2022 MLB Draft.
Jim Callis of MLB.com shared the news, noting Sproat was the highest unsigned pick in 2019, choosing UF over the minors.
3rd-rder Brandon Sproat did not come to terms with @Mets. His slot value at No. 90 was $691,300. @GatorsBB RHP, 7 ER in final 6 GS with fastball touching 99 mph & slider reaching 91. Also was highest unsigned pick in 2019 @MLBDraft (7th rd, Rangers). pic.twitter.com/rR5oa3nIEd
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) August 1, 2022
In April, Florida lost its ace starting pitcher Hunter Barco for the rest of the 2022 season. Sproat stepped into the Friday night spot of the weekend rotation and shined. Nick de la Torre of On3 notes that Sproat went 5-0, posting a 1.59 ERA and .218 opposing batting average in his final 6 starts of the 2022 campaign. In Sproat’s final outing in the NCAA Tournament against Central Michigan, he went 7 IP, allowing 1 earned run on hits, 6 strikeouts to 2 walks over 114 pitches (80 strikes).