This weekend marked the beginning of the season for many Division II schools around the country. In addition, JUCO teams have already been at it for two weeks, and Division I begins on February 17. These weekly updates will highlight the top performers who have played or will play in the Florida League.

Reese Cooley, OF
Francis Marion University
2015 Sanford River Rats
6-13 (.462 avg), 4 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI

It didn't take the former River Rat long to make an impact at his new school. On the first pitch he saw as an FMU Patriot, Cooley went deep, driving in two runs. Then, in the same game, with his team trailing in the final frame, Cooley delivered a walk off grand slam to secure a 7-4 victory over Claflin. He would then add three more hits and another bomb to his tally on Saturday against North Greenville.

Connor Hoover, SS
North Georgia
2015 Altamonte Springs Boom
8-13 (.615) 5 R, 2 2B, HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB

Hoover opened up his season with an impressive .667 OBP, reaching base ten times in fifteen plate appearances against Carson-Newman. He was 2-2 with a walk on Friday, 3-6 with a double, run and 2 RBI on Saturday, and then finished his weekend going 3-5 with a double, home run, and six RBI in the series finale. 

Omar Villaman, 2B
Florida Southern
2016 Sanford River Rats
7-13 (.538), 5 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB

Despite not being used since the Florida League Championship game on August 7th, Villaman's bat remained hot in his season debut for Florida Southern. After setting a Florida League record for batting average in 2016, Villaman chalked up seven hits in three games against #17 West Florida, helping the Mocs to a series sweep. He had two hits on Friday, four hits in game one on Saturday, and a single in his third game of the weekend.

Philip Burket, DH
2014 College Park Freedom
2016 Winter Park Diamond Dawgs Intern
4-11 (.364) 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 SB

After missing the last two seasons due to injury, Burket made a big impact in his return to the diamond. He collected a pair of singles in the season opener on Friday, roped a double in Saturday's contest and stroked another double, this one plating two runs, during Sunday's series finale as the Tars swept Young Harris.

Dustin Dye, RHP
2015 DeLand Suns
Win, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Dye was masterful on the mound on Saturday against the Paine College Lions. He went six innings, allowing only four total baserunners and striking out eight without allowing a run. It was one of three shutouts on the weekend for the Saints, who boast a total of 15 Florida League players on the roster.

Other notable performances:

Kevin Santa (Tampa)
2015 Sanford River Rats

5-11 (.455) 3 R, 2B, 3B, 4 SB, 2 BB, 1 SB vs. Bentley

Kevin Suarez (Nova Southeastern)
2015 Sanford River Rats

5-16 (.313) R, 2B, 7 RBI

Brendan Cutting (Nova Southeastern)
2016 Leesburg Lightning

5-11 (.455) R, HR, 2 RBI

Matt Hardy (Nova Southeastern)
2015 Altamonte Springs Boom

Win, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K vs. Alabama Hunstville

Miguel Ceballos (Lynn)
2014 Winter Garden Squeeze

4-9 (.444) 5 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, SB

Cole Ondrejka (Flagler)
2015 Altamonte Springs Boom

4-9 (.444), 1 R 4 RBI 2 BB

Igor Baez (Flagler)
2014-16 Leesburg Lightning

3-9 (.333) 2 2B, 6 RBI

Jason Moore (Flagler)
2017 Leesburg Lightning

3-10 (.300) 4 R HR 4 RBI

Drew Beaver (UNC Pembroke)
2015 Leesburg Lightning

6-11 (.545) 4 R, HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB

Brooks Estrada (Coker)
2016 Winter Garden Squeeze

6-17 (.353) 5 R, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, SB

Zach Diewert (Polk State)
2016 Sanford River Rats

6-20 (.350) 9 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SB

Justin Smith (St. Johns River)
2016 Sanford River Rats

8-22 (.364) 8 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 5 BB

Vlad Nunez (State College of FL)
2017 Sanford River Rats

Win, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K




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