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Florida Collegiate Summer League
SportBaseball
Founded2003
MottoPure Baseball
No. of teams6
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Leesburg Lightning (2021)
Most titlesWinter Park Diamond Dawgs (5)
Official websitewww.floridaleague.com

The Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) is a six-team[1] wood bat collegiate summer baseball league located in the Central Florida region of the southeastern United States. The league was founded in the fall of 2003[2] and began play in the summer of 2004. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to "advance college players toward their futures in professional baseball."[3] 360 players have been drafted in the first thirteen seasons including 33 in the 2016 MLB Draft. FCSL has had 16 alumni play in Major League Baseball, including New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike McClendon, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston. The FCSL is one of twelve leagues in the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball.

Teams

Timeline of Teams
Altamonte Springs BoomWinter Garden SqueezeCollege Park FreedomCollege Park FreedomOrlando SunsOrlando MavericksClermont MavericksBelleview BulldogsLeesburg LightningWinter Springs CudasOrlando HammersZephyrhills SnappersWinter Haven LoggerheadsWinter Haven WarthogsWinter Park Diamond DawgsSanford River RatsOrlando MonarchsOrlando ShockersDaytona Beach Barracudas

League members Future members

Alumni (top-five round picks and notables)

(*) = Reached the Major Leagues

Champions

Award winners

Year MVP Cy Young Best Pro Prospect
2004 Kyle Patrick, Sanford Drew Shetrone, Sanford N/A
2005 Lee Cruz, Zephyrhills Ty Pryor, Winter Park N/A
2006 Anthony Ottrando, Altamonte Springs Ryan Horton, Winter Park Jonathan Lucroy, Winter Park
2007 Tyler McCarty, Winter Springs John Durahm, Altamonte Springs Aaron Tullo, Winter Park
2008 Andy Mee, Belleview Bo O'Dell, Belleview Jeff Walters, Winter Park
2009 Anthony Figliolia, Winter Park Trey Ferrano, Sanford Jabari Blash, DeLand
2010 LB Dantzler, Winter Park Bobby Bolling, Winter Park Brandon Thomas, Sanford
2011 Ted Blackman, Winter Park Ben Brown, Winter Park Garrett Nuss, Orlando
2012 Michael Danner, Winter Park Evan Incinelli, Winter Park David Lee, Orlando
2013 Tyler Palmer, Sanford Emilio Ogando, Winter Park Tyler Palmer, Sanford
2014 Austin Hays Arturo Martoral Austin Hays
2015 Santiago Espinal Brett Morales Austin Glorius
2016 Harrison Scanlon Jarred Neal Carlos Cortes
2017 Sadler Goodwin David Litchfield Garrett Zech
2018 Aaron Anderson Vlad Nunez Zebulon Vermillion
2019 Mark Townsend Jack Wolgast Gunnar Hoglund
2020 Lucas Dunn Parker Messick N/A
2021 Josh Pearson Gerry Kelly N/A

Celebrity golf tournament

Every November, the Florida League hosts a celebrity golf tournament at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, FL. Money raised from the event helps fund the League throughout the year. The weekend-long event includes a hitting & pitching clinic for kids, a catered pairings dinner, a meet-and-greet with the celebrities, a silent auction and the round of golf. Celebrity appearances have been made by dozens of current and former MLB players including: Davey Johnson, Frank Viola, Hunter Pence, José Bautista, Ray Lankford, Gary Carter, Fred McGriff, Jeff Bagwell, B.J. Upton, Tim Wakefield, Zack Greinke, Andrew McCutchen, Tim Raines, Vince Coleman and many others.

High school invitational

In an effort to reach out to baseball players of all levels, the FCSL also hosts multiple spring break tournaments during the month of March. All games are held at Historic Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, FL. These tournaments, known as the Florida High School Invitational, bring in teams from all over the United States. The 2013 tournament featured twenty-three teams from across the country. Notable prospects who have participated in the FHSI include Albert Almora (#6 overall pick, 2012, Chicago Cubs), Dante Bichette, Jr. (1st round pick, 2011, New York Yankees), Francisco Lindor (#8 overall pick, 2011, Cleveland Indians), Javier Baez (#9 overall pick, 2011, Chicago Cubs), Greg Bird (5th round, 2011, New York Yankees), Tomas Nido (8th round, 2012, New York Mets), Chris Okey (All-American), and Touki Toussaint (All-American).

Year Champion Location
2008 St. Cloud Bulldogs St. Cloud, FL
2009 All Saints Academy Saints Winter Haven, FL
2010 Timber Creek Wolves Orlando, FL
2011 (Week 1) Timber Creek Wolves Orlando, FL
2011 (Week 2) Bryant Hornets Bryant, AR
2012 Palm Beach Gardens Gators Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2013 (Classic) Lake Brantley Patriots Altamonte Springs, FL
2013 (Showcase) Seminole Seminoles Sanford, FL

References

  1. ^ Ping, Dan (August 15, 2008). "Going for a home run: Locals learn starting a real baseball league requires business acumen". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "LE MOYNE'S ROBBY PEREZ NAMED FLORIDA COLLEGIATE SUMMER LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK, FINISHES REGULAR SEASON WITH LEAGUE-BEST 41 HITS". LeMoyne Athletics. July 31, 2006. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "About The Florida Collegiate Summer League" at floridaleague.com [1] Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine URL accessed January 2, 2009
  4. ^ FCSL Fields Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine at floridaleague.com; URL accessed June 28, 2009
  5. ^ PhilChinnery (February 10, 2015). "Familiar Faces in New Places: 2015 Head Coaches Announced". Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015..
  6. ^ PhilChinnery (February 2, 2015). "League Announces New Team in Altamonte Springs". Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Williams, Joe (September 29, 2006). "Leesburg's new team promises local flair: Former star Josh Holt will coach the Lightning this summer in a baseball league for college players". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b Jolley, Frank (March 27, 2009). "FCSL rivals Leesburg, Clermont to face each other 11 times". The Daily Commercial. Retrieved .
  9. ^ LEE v. CLE Boxscore 8/3/09[permanent dead link] at floridaleague.com, URL accessed August 4, 2009

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