Feb. 5, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - With less than two weeks until opening day, FAUSports.com takes a look at the breakdown of the 2014 Florida Atlantic University baseball team. Today, we focus on the catchers and designated hitters.
Levi Meyer, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior from Wichita, Kan., returns with experience behind the plate for Head Coach John McCormack. One of two team captains, Meyer returns after hitting .299 last season with five home runs and 35 RBI. He committed only five errors in his 55 games, earning a fielding percentage of .983. Meyer caught 31 runners stealing in 2013 and picked of three more.
Freshmen Kevin Abraham, a 6-foot, 2-inch freshman from Miramar, Fla., and Brad Myott, a native of Delray Beach, Fla., are also in the running for the catching position. Abraham was named All-Dade County for his efforts at Mater Academy. He was named to the Rawlings 2013 All-Region First Team and was a 2012 All-American honorable mention as an underclassman.
Myott, a 6-footer majoring in education, was a standout at Atlantic High School. He hit .333 as a senior with an on-base percentage of .467 and led his team to a record of 21-8.
Puerta stands at 6-feet, 1-inch and is a native of Cooper City, Fla. The righty was an honorable mention All-American in high school and led Broward County in home runs as a junior at American Heritage-Plantation High School.
Labsan, a 5-foot, 10-inch native of Sarasota, Fla., was selected in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. In the fall, he went 4-of-6 with two home runs, a double, seven RBI and scored three runs in FAU's game against the Ontario Blue Jays. Labsan will also see time on the mound and in the outfield for the Owls.
Meyer could also see time at the DH position when he's not catching.
FAU is ranked No. 24 in the Perfect Game preseason poll, 30th in the NCBWA poll, and is receiving votes in other national polls.
The Owls open their 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a home doubleheader against Notre Dame. First pitches are scheduled for 1 and 6 p.m. at the FAU Baseball Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
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