The state of Florida has some of, if not, the best high school baseball talent in the country. Florida State has done quite nicely in one particular section of the Sunshine State. Jupiter, FL is where RHP Tyler Ahearn and LHP Shane Drohan call home, and the same is true for another ‘Noles newcomer.
Reese Albert (OF)
Ranked as the 2nd best outfielder in Florida, 22nd in the nation, Albert has the talent to contribute as a freshman. With Opening Day just a day away, it appears that Albert could serve as the starting right fielder on Friday afternoon.
The Jupiter High School graduate has the tools and ability to play center field but will be best suited as a corner-outfielder given his talents at the plate. That’s not taking anything away from the 90-mph velocity he has from the outfield, or his coverage ability — its just a better fit to leave J.C. Flowers up the middle.
Lofty expectations for Albert
Albert has received high praise and high regards throughout the early stages of his baseball career. It’s no small feat to be considered the No. 2 outfielder throughout the entire state of Florida.
For example, fellow outfielder Steven Wells ranked 30th among Florida HS outfielders. Even Jackson Lueck, albeit as a catcher, was ranked as the 5th best at his position. In fact, Flowers (1st) and Drew Mendoza (1st) are the only active players on the FSU roster that were ranked higher at their position coming out of high school. While 30-of-the-35 roster spots are taken up by Florida high school grads, the easy explanation is that many of the state’s best-at-their-position players sign pro contracts.
Here’s a look at some of Albert’s other accolades:
- First Team All-Florida
- First Team All-District
- First Team All-County
- Perfect Game All America (three times)
- Second Team All-American
FSU fans should be extremely excited to watch Albert over the next few years. It’s possible that the Seminoles’ group of outfielders could become one of the best in the country.