Preseason Power25 Countdown: #8 North Florida Christian


Doug Freeman
Florida Scouting Director

Leading up to the start of the high school season, we will count down the Top 25 preseason teams every day as part of our comprehensive season coverage:


                    RHP/OF Brandon Walker

Team: North Florida Christian 
Preseason Rank: 8
2017 Record: 17-10
FHSAA Class: 3A
Head Coach: Mike Posey 
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Semi-Final
Returning Starters: 9


TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Brandon Walker, RHP/OF, 2019 (Florida State)
Matthew Dickey, RHP, 2018 (Chipola)
Major Posey, RHP/1B, 2019 (UCF)
JD Tease, SS, 2019

X-FACTOR
Brandon Walker.
 One of the top players in his class, the extremely athletic two-way player has tools to dominate both offensively and on the mound. Walker was 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA while hitting .410 with 24 RBIs. The toolset is that of a potential top pick in 2019 and could carry the Eagles in 2018.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
OF Chris Jerry

OUTLOOK
A somewhat down year for a traditional 3A powerhouse, the North Florida Christian Eagles return nearly every position player and all of their pitchers from 2017.  Led by Florida State recruit Brandon Walker, who led the team in both wins and average, has the chance to be a dominant force on the mound and at the plate.  Bolstering the rotation is 2018 draft prospect Matthew Dickey who was 2-2 with a 1.49 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 37.2 innings, and Major Posey who was 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA. Offensively the Eagles were also led by Walker and JD Tease, who batted .404 with 30 RBIS. There is a depth of talent both on the mound and at the plate that brings North Florida Christian in at No 8 in the Preseason Power25.  

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