“I am so excited that Vaun, Jacob, Jarrod, JJ and Thomas will have the chance to further develop their baseball careers and compete at the next level,” said Moccasin baseball coach. Lance Niekro, even a pick in the second round of the San Francisco Giants in the 2000 MLB draft. “Each of them has worked so hard to get to this point, and I wish them luck. No matter how long their careers last or how far they come, I know they will represent Florida Southern College in a positive way. “
Brown was 10th round of the San Francisco Giants, Teter was a 13th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles, while Cande was a 17th round of the Colorado Rockies. All three signed professional contracts. Niekro signed a minor league agreement with the Atlanta Braves organization, and Spinelli signed with the New Jersey Jackals in the independent Frontier League.
Florida South Baseball is exemplary at the collegiate level, as Moc’s nine NCAA titles are the most in Division II history. FSC has now picked a total of 118 MLB drafts since the draft began in 1965. Southern has had at least one player selected in 51 of the 56 years of the draft’s existence. With Teter’s choice in the 13th round, he has become the 51st moccasin chosen in a top-15 round.
“These men are realizing their dreams by continuing their baseball careers,” he said Drew howard, Director of Athletics and Dean of Wellness. “I am proud and excited for each of them. These Mocs are forever part of our nine-time national baseball program. We will cheer on them as they do great things in their professional careers.”
Brown’s resume grew tremendously in 2021, his final year with the Mocs, before the Giants selected him in the Draft. Academically, he was named CoSIDA’s national Academic All-America® Second Team after landing on the Academic All-District® First Team. Athletically, he was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and was the 2021 ABCA / Rawlings NCAA Division II All-America Second Team member, hitting a .387 stroke, with a swallowing percentage of .462. In 26 games played, he led the team in races scored (40), hits (43), home races (13), RBI (31), total bases (88) and beaten off courses (5). He also led SSC in races, hits, home races, RBI and total bases.
In his five-year career on Florida South, Brown slo. 285 with 28 home runs, 28 doubles, 100 RBI and 140 runs scored. In the field, he posted a .984 field percentage, including a perfect 1,000 field percentage in the shortened 2020 season.
Teter received the call from the Baltimore Orioles after obtaining awards from the CoSIDA Academic All-District® in 2021, when he graduated with a 3.44 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in criminology. This year’s SSC Freshman of the Year 2018 gave a .377 slag average and a 1,293 slugging percentage. He hit seven home runs in 23 total hits, scored 19 runs and ran in 17. From March 7 to April 2, he put together a series of 11 games. He was appointed to the ABCA / Rawlings All-South Region Second Team, All-SSC First Team and was an introductory member of the SSC All-Defensive Team. Teter leaves the program with the third most home runs (33).
Cande played two seasons for the Mocs as a two-way player, primarily as a pitcher, although he also played outfield. The Rockies selected him as an outfielder in the 17th round as the 500th pick in the draft. Last season, he went 5-0 on the mound for the Mocs who made eight starts. In 47.2 innings, he threw a 4.72 ERA that gave up only 44 hits, knocked out 39 and went none. He opened the season on a high note when he hit five rounds of ball without a hit with eight strikeouts in the Mocs 11-2 victory at. Palm Beach Atlantic.
Niekro, a well-known name in the Braves organization, signed a minor league deal as an outdated free agent and has reported to Braves’ spring training ground in North Port, Fla. From there, he will be assigned and begin his professional baseball career. In his last season as Moc in 2021, Niekro went 2-0 with 4.40 ERA in 14.1 innings. He struck out 14 strokes while giving up 16 hits and allowing seven runs. In their eight games, the Mocs went 7-1.
Spinelli ended the 2021 season with a record of 1-2 on the mound, which appeared in a team of 14 games with two starts. He put out a 2.84 ERA pitched at 25.1 innings. He gave 21 base hits and 13 runs, of which only eight were earned. He struck out 22 strokes, with just 13 rounds, as opponents struck only .228 against him. In addition, he received CoSIDA Academic All-District® status for his work in the classroom.
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