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Florida Gators land commitment from Landon Stripling

Untitled designby:Nick de la Torre06/05/24


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators have landed a commitment from Texas Tech infielder Landon Stripling, who just finished his freshman season with the Red Raiders. The infielder will have three years to play for Florida. Stripling was thought to be a potential top-five round pick coming out of high school but honored his commitment. This is the second commitment from the transfer portal in the same day.

While Stripling went to Parkview High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, he was actually born in Winter Haven, Florida. Stripling also has a tie to Florida through his travel ball team, the TG DBacks, who are managed by former Florida Gators pitcher, Johnny Magliozzi.

As a freshman at Texas Tech, Stripling appeared in 33 games with 24 starts for the Red Raiders. He batted .253 with four home runs, 20 runs batted in, three doubles, and drew 17 walks in 99 plate appearances.

His senior season in high school, Stripling hit .430, with 13 home runs, 52 hits, 43 runs, 45 RBIs and seven doubles. He posted a 1.55 ERA with 10 wins and 12 starts on the mound and assisted his team in a State Championship win in 2021. Stripling was elected as All-State First team, First team All-American (2023), and Gwinnett County Pitcher of the Year (2022/2023).

Landon Stripling helps fill an immediate need

The Gators will lose both of their corner infield starters. Jac Caglianone is set to be a top-10 pick in the 2024 MLB Draft. Third basemen Dale Thomas and Tyler Shelnut and reserve infielder Armando Albert are all playing their final seasons of eligibility in 2024. The Gators also had a freshman corner infielder, John Martinez, enter the transfer portal on Tuesday. Shortstop Colby Shelton is also a draft-eligible sophomore and could elect to sign, depending on where he is drafted this July.

If Shelton were to leave, that would be three of four starters that the Gators needed to replace and Stripling can play both corner positions or second base as well as a corner outfield spot in a pinch, but will primarily play infield for the Gators.

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