Three Moccasins have signed professional baseball contracts in recent days while a fourth has opted to return for his senior season.
Jake Walsh, who was drafted in the 16th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and Mitch Reeves, a 32nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians, have both signed with their respective clubs. Walsh has been assigned to Johnson City, the Cardinals' rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League. Reeves will report to the extended spring training in Arizona before being assigned to a team for the remainder of the 2017 season.
In addition, Cameron Hanes, the Moccasins' closer with 11 saves this past season, signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and will report to the club's rookie team the Arizona Summer League.
Finally, Logan Browning, a 37th round pick by the San Diego Padres, has made the decision to return to Florida Southern for his senior season.
Walsh led the Moccasins with a 12-1 record and a 2.80 earned run average while recording 104 strikeouts, second on the squad. The junior righthander was named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. He was also named the South Region Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA and the D2CCA.
Reeves smashed 17 homers this past season, second most in school history to give him 28 for his career which is the fourth most for any Moccasin player. The senior outfielder hit .363 on the season while leading the club in homers, RBI (53), runs (55), and total bases (133). Reeves was voted to the All-South team by the ABCA, NCBWA, and D2CCA.
Hanes, the Moccasins' senior closer, recorded 11 saves in 2017, the fourth most in program history. He was 1-4 but posted a 1.26 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. Hanes was selected to the NCBWA All-America team.
Browning led the Sunshine State Conference with 107 strikeouts while posting an 8-2 record and a 3.95 earned run average. The junior lefty also starred with the bat as well, finishing second on the team with a .380 average and a team-high 12 doubles with seven homers and 45 RBI. Browning was named an All-American by the D2CCA.
Florida Southern finished the 2017 season with a 35-17 record and participate in the NCAA South Region Tournament.