Miami Hurricanes News: Morales 40th in MLB Draft, Jackson commitment

Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami Hurricanes third baseball Yohandy Morales was the 40th overall pick in the second round 2024 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Four-star defensive lineman Jayden Jackson has set a July 13 commitment date. Nick Kosko of On3 summarized the outlook college football analyst Phil Steele has for Miami in 2023.

In three years with the Miami Hurricanes, Morales hit .343 with a .413 on-base percentage and .635 slugging percentage, 49 home runs and 164 runs batted in. Morales slipped in the draft after being projected as a first-round pick. Morales should be motivated when he begins his pro career this summer.

Miami closer Andrew Walters joined Morales after he was selected 62nd overall in the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Guardians. In three seasons Walters pitched 102.0 innings and allowed 61 hits, with 22 walks, 170 strikeouts, a 1.50 earned run average, 0.86 WHIP and a .156 batting average.

The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine projects Ohio State with an 80.3 percent chance to sign Jackson. Brian Smith of All Hurricanes summarized Jackson’s recruitment. No 247 Sports crystal balls have been logged for Jackson. Jackson is the 433rd prospect, the 45th defensive lineman and the 65th prospect in Florida in 2024.

Nick Kosko of On3 wrote an extensive article that “Phil Steele explains Miami’s spot on most improved list.” According to Kosko, Steele likes Miami hiring Shannon Dawson and Lance Guidry as the new coordinators. Steele opined that the tough schedule could keep Miami from winning the ACC but expects them to make noise.

Miami basketball legends Jordan Miller and Isaiah Wong will be back in action in the NBA Summer League on Monday night. Wong and the Indiana Pacers tipoff at 8:30 PM ET versus the Orlando Magic. Miller and the Clippers play against the Sacramento Kings with a 10:30 ET tipoff.

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Canes County continued its summer series of having fans vote on the best players at each position. On Saturday Canes County published their results of the best Miami wide receivers. Reggie Wayne was fifth, followed by Eddie Brown, Santana Moss, Andre Johnson and Michael Irvin.