As reported yesterday and originally posted in a Fanshot by GoNolzOhio sophomore starting pitcher Mike Compton will miss the entire year with Tommy John Surgery
He finished his freshman campaign with 64 strikeouts in 91.0 innings of work while holding opponents to a .260 batting average. Compton allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times.
As Mike Bell mentioned in the video what really hurts the most is the quality innings that Compton gave the Seminoles pitching staff. Losing a freshman pitcher who averaged five innings per start on a Saturday is a huge blow and fans should be extremely concerned about finding someone to fill that void. As of now there is no one on this team that has proven they can fill that slot.
Sitz, Weaver and Miller will probably be given a shot as well as newcomers to the team but this was not an exceptional incoming class. I don't expect this staff to regress to the level pre Mike Bell but a repeat of what this staff accomplished last year will be a tough task.
Look for more baseball news next week and a season preview in the following week as the Seminoles prepare to open up at home on February 15th.
Below are the statistics for the pitchers who are (were) set to return for the 2013 season.
Florida State was set to return 67% of their innings pitched from 2012, without Compton that number is cut down to 52%. Again this appears to be a huge blow for the Seminoles.