Preseason Power25 Countdown: #25 Jensen Beach


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:

Team: Jensen Beach
Preseason Rank: 25
2017 Record: 24-6
FHSAA Class: 7A
Head Coach: Corey Cooke
Playoff Run: Lost in Regional Semi-Final
Returning Starters: 7



TOP PLAYERS
Name, Position, Class (College Commitment)
Lyon Richardson, RHP/OF, 2018 (Florida)
Ryan Rivera, INF, 2018 (Palm Beach State)
Taylor Higgins, 1B, 2018

X-FACTOR
Lyon Richardson.
Lyon is an  extremely athletic, high impact player for the Falcons. RIchardson has an extremely quick arm on the mound, with a fastball that has been up to 95 and an above average to plus curveball. He was 5-0 with a save for Jensen Beach last season, striking out 55 in 31.1 ip. Richardson also batted .246 in 2017 and will look to make a big impact this season as well.

KEY PLAYERS LOST
C Calvin Greenfield (Florida)
RHP/OF Jacob Winger (High Point)

OUTLOOK
Returning seven starters and six pitchers, the Falcons will look to build on the experience gained during the run to the 7A Regional Semi-Final game in 2017. Led by the current No. 10 overall player in Florida Lyon RIchardson, Jensen Beach will rely on him at the front end of the rotation. They also return their second leading hitter last year in Ryan Rivera. Rivera hit .407 with six doubles, three triples and 13 RBIs in 2017.  The Falcons will look to a pair of Juniors in Sonny Gowran and Dillon Moran, who both threw 30 plus innings last season to step up. Jensen has one of the top players in the state and depth which has them coming in at the No. 25 spot in the Preseason Power25.

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