By: Matt Rothman
Named as the seventh-best high school player in Florida, Coral Springs Charter School third basemen and USF verbal commit, Gavin Conticello, is entering his senior season on the varsity baseball team.
That isn’t all. Conticello was named second-best third basemen in Florida, third in the nation, and 60th overall with a Perfect Game rating of ten.
Conticello has been on the varsity baseball team for three seasons and is regarded as a legitimate prospect, according to his head coach Charlie Fine.
“He’s the type of person that not only performs at a high level in games but gets the best out of all his teammates as well. There are honestly not enough positives I could say about this kid.”
He was later named captain as a junior in the shortened 2020 season, where he showed off his tremendous power, with a three-run home run versus the legendary coach of Pat McQuaid’s and Nova High School in their best win of the year. Conticello had a hit in six of the team’s seven wins as well.
The other area his coach compliments is his defense, where he plays an excellent third base and has a cannon of an arm.
He also excels off the field and is an honor student and always shows up with a positive attitude.
Conticello has followed a similar path to his former teammate, Chris Kahler, a star at CSC, and is committed to playing at George Washington University in the spring of 2021.
“Chris has taught me to hold myself and my teammates to a higher standard,” Conticello said. “To not be afraid to call each other out when someone is not giving 100% effort on the field.”
Conticello also plays travel baseball for the Cannons Baseball Academy team in Fort Lauderdale, where he hit .457 this summer. He also played in the Perfect Game and Under Armour showcases and the East Coast, Pro, and Area Code Games this summer.
Many people compare him to a Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Coincidentally, that is Conticello’s favorite player, and he emulates his game after the former National League MVP. He has also had the opportunity to meet Coby Mayo from Marjory Stoneman Douglas and follow a similar path.
“Coby has become a mentor to me. I can relate to him since we play the same position. He has given me a lot of advice, and I highly value his opinion.”
However, it was a challenge as Conticello has had to travel around this summer with the ongoing pandemic where he lived in Airbnb rentals with his father, Lenny. In six weeks, Conticello played in Daytona, Orlando, Auburndale, Sarasota, Atlanta, and Alabama.
A resident of Coral Springs until he moved to Coconut Creek in 2015, he enjoys hanging out with friends or hitting at Gradum Baseball in Deerfield Beach.
Conticello will have one more year with the Panthers before his first chance to go professional in the 2021 MLB Draft in June. He also verbally committed to attend USF if he chooses to further his education.
CSC has high expectations despite losing nearly a dozen players to graduation. Conticello will be a crucial piece in the middle of the order as the Panthers aim for a District Championship.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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