Santa Fe Saints rising sophomore Nick Horvath has decided to play the final three years of his career at the University of Florida, recently committing to the Gators for the upcoming season, announced SF Head Coach Johnny Wiggs. He is expected to sign within the next week.
“I am so excited for the opportunity Nick is getting,” said Wiggs. “We hate losing him after just one year but love that we can send him to the University of Florida and all it has to offer. Nick is great competitor and we look forward to following him in his Gator career.”
Horvath primarily played center field for the Saints in 2015, amassing a .258 batting average with three homeruns, 33 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. His best stretch of the season came from April 3 to April 15 where he was 16-for-28, with two homeruns, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI.
Florida recruited Horvath primarily as a left-handed pitcher, despite only throwing five innings all season. At the FCSAA State Tournament, he was clocked as high as 92 MPH, and struck out all three batters in his one inning of work. In all he struck out 11 batters in five innings.
“Nick is a plus defender in the outfield,” Wiggs said. “He started every game for us in centerfield and was one of the reasons he only pitched in five games for us. He has tremendous upside as a LHP with a plus fastball (up to 92), a good change up, and the makings of solid curve ball. His toughness and competitive demeanor will make him tough out the bullpen.”