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Miami infielder Blake Cyr commits to transfer to Florida

On3 imageby:Dan Morrison06/10/24


Miami Hurricanes infielder Blake Cyr has announced his commitment to transfer to the Florida Gators.

“Gator nation, let’s ride #committed,” Cyr posted.

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Blake Cyr spent two seasons with Miami. During that time, the Hurricanes primarily used him as a second baseman. He played in 60 games as a freshman but only 25 as a sophomore. That’s because he, unfortunately, suffered a season-ending thumb injury while sliding into a base that forced him to have surgery.

In those 85 career games at Miami, Blake Cyr had a .298 batting average, a .418 OBP, and a .593 slugging percentage. He also has 24 home runs and 84 RBIs. Those big offensive numbers go along with a good glove in the infield. He has a career fielding percentage of .949, along with 76 assists and 73 putouts.

Blake Cyr was looking forward to a highly-anticipated sophomore season before the injury cut it short. He was a consensus Freshman All-American. Cyr was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the All-ACC Academic Team.

Despite that, the 2024 season was a disappointing one for Miami. The Hurricanes went just 27-30 overall and 11-19 in ACC play. Their season ended with a loss in the ACC Conference Tournament to Duke. On top of that, the Hurricanes also lost two out of three games to the Florida Gators in a non-conference series at the beginning of March.

For Florida’s part, the Gators are on their way to Omaha for the College World Series. This comes after Florida made the NCAA Tournament with a 13-17 record in SEC play this season. Still, after getting hot at the right time, Florida has as good a chance as anyone else at Omaha at winning a national championship this season.

The Transfer Portal for NCAA Baseball

College baseball has two windows for the Transfer Portal. The main window is the one that opened up in late May, while the NCAA Tournament was already underway. That is a window that is open for 45 total days. The other portal window is in December and is open for 15 days.

Ultimately, that means that Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan needed to manage to recruit Blake Cyr out of the Transfer Portal while also preparing for the Regionals and Super Regionals.

Baseball also has unique challenges relating to scholarship distribution that coaches need to deal with when it comes to transfers. In particular, NCAA Division I baseball teams are given between 11 and 12 scholarships. That means that coaches are going to need to balance that distribution with what a player was getting or might need with what their roster was already getting.