Hurston Waldrep set to make an impact for Florida baseball – ESPN 98.1 FM

The transfer portal was Florida Baseball’s best friend this past offseason. Florida landed one of the top MLB draft picks for the 23rd season back in July.

Hurston Waldrep, who went from Southern Miss to serving on the US collegiate team last summer, has now found a new home at the University of Florida.

Before you become an alligator

Waldrep is a 6’2 right-handed pitcher from Thomasville, Georgia. He played his first two years of college baseball with Southern Miss on the pitching staff. He was used primarily as a relief in his freshman season, but received acceptance as a sophomore to move into a starting role.

That year he posted a 6-2 record with a 3.20 ERA and had 140 strikeouts. Those numbers earned him an invite to play with the US collegiate baseball team in the Netherlands that summer.

While he was busy pitching with the Stars and Stripes on his chest, there was talk of Waldrep becoming a Gator Rose. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan flew to the Netherlands to see what’s in store for his team and it paid off.

Waldrep is now a resident of the University of Florida, but the one thing in his life that hasn’t changed is his Omaha mentality.

First Fall Dominance

Waldrep wasted no time in introducing himself and quickly made a name for himself in Gainesville.

He started the Gators’ first exhibition game of the fall against Georgia with two innings scoreless. If anyone ever doubted how good he is, his dominance prevailed against Stetson in his second start.

In his two-inning outing, he took the lead six times, six straight strikeouts — and had a spotless inning in the second.

Waldrep made a competitive mark in the fall ball and appears to be a standout SEC pitcher in the spring.

Behind his pitch mix

Waldrep is an over-the-top slot four-pitch guy who uses his curveball, slider, and splitter to boost his high-90s fastball.

However, his pitch mixing found no certainty until he converted his switch to a splitter.

As good as Waldrep is, he still finds ways to improve his approach.

This year, he says he wants to rely more on his curveball and splitter as a secondary playfield, rather than his slider.

Looking towards spring

A real competitor, that’s how Waldrep describes himself.

With every shot, with every pitch, he wants to be the best version of Hurston Waldrep.

Gator fans have a lot to look forward to with his arsenal, as well as the rest of the team, this spring.

Florida Gators baseball team will open season 23 at home against Charleston Southern on February 17th.

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