You might be forgiven, Brilliant Reader, if you would just expect Florida’s Wyatt Langford to have an outstanding game almost every time out. Take a look at some of the numbers:
- February 18: 2-4, solo home run
- February 19: 1-4, stolen base
- February 25: 1-3, two-run home run
- February 26: 3-4, two runs, home run, four RBIs
- March 2: 2-3, run, walk
- March 6: 3-3, double, three walks, two RBIs
- March 8: 1-3, walk, scored team’s only run in 1-0 victory
- March 12 (Game 1): 3-4, three runs, triple, home run, walk, five RBIs
- March 13: 3-4, double, solo home run
- March 19: 3-6, three runs, two home runs, four RBIs, stolen base
- March 20: 3-4, three runs, double, home run, two RBIs, stolen base
Overall, in 21 games and 78 at-bats, the sophomore is hitting .385/.473/.756, with 22 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 23 RBIs, four stolen bases in five attempts, and 11 walks against 15 strikeouts. He leads the Gators in batting average, and is second in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, home runs, and RBIs. Not so coincidentally, Florida is off to a solid 16-5 start to the season.
This was not entirely expected, either, as Langford appeared only four times at the plate as a freshman in 2021- all as a pinch hitter (he went 1-4).
So how did he find himself in this position? First of all, hard work. Secondly, the summer season helped him knock some of the rust off, so to speak. He said, “I have just been aggressive towards good pitches to hit. I have also been putting good swings on the ball when I am up in the count looking for fastballs. I think Charlottesville helped me a lot. Since I only had four at bats last season it was important for me to get all those reps over the summer.”
And good reps they were. For Charlottesville, Langford showed his ability quickly and consistently, hitting .345/.459/.527 in 110 at-bats, with 21 runs, seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 20 RBIs, six stolen bases, and 20 walks against only 26 strikeouts. He was an obvious pick as an All-Star, and was named second team All-Valley League at first base. This site also named him the overall 10th best hitter in the entire league.
He left a super impression with Charlottesville head coach Kory Koehler as well. Koehler said, “I had an absolute blast coaching Wyatt this summer. He is one of the hardest working athletes in the country, without a doubt. He lives in the weight room and loves extra hacks. It is no surprise to me that he is excelling in the SEC at Florida. If you can build a team on a handful of Wyatt Langford’s, you have a shot at Omaha.”
He’s definitely one to watch- and perhaps we’ll see him in Omaha this June!