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Tracking Florida’s 2023 MLB draft class in Year 0

Tracking Florida’s 2023 MLB draft class in Year 0

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In the build-up to the draft, many believed that LSU‘s Dylan Crews or Paul Skenes would be the star of the draft, and while both were selected ahead of Langford — ultimately drafted fourth overall by the Texas Rangers — neither has performed quite as well as the former Florida left fielder.

Langford spent three games at the lowest level of the minors with Texas’ complex league team and was quickly promoted to High-A Hickory, skipping A ball entirely. After dominating the competition there, Langford moved on to Double-A and spent 12 games with the Frisco Roughriders. He finished the season at Triple-A, playing just five games, but there’s already talk of him joining the Rangers for a playoff push.

Across four levels, Langford batted .360 with a 1.157 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. He belted 10 home runs and knocked in 30 runs while snagging 12 bases. That’s about as complete a performance as you can give in the minors, and Langford’s 70-grade power and speed appear legitimate.

Gators fans have someone to be proud of, and it looks like Langford will reach the majors sooner rather than later. Godspeed, Wyatt.

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