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Meet the new ’Noles of FSU baseball: OF Skylar Frey

A JUCO transfer with speed provides OF depth.

Skylar Frey
Photo by Don Juan Moore

The next newcomer to the FSU baseball program is a JUCO transfer from Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL.. In 2017, the Eagles posted 41 wins en route to the Suncoast Conference Championship. FSU head coach Mike Martin was able to secure a commitment from the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Historically, the Seminoles are not known for racking up stolen base numbers. Last season, the ’Noles averaged less than one (0.86) SB/game. They ranked 161st out of 295 D1 programs. While, yes, college baseball lends itself to the power approach of base hit, base hit, 3-run home run, FSU could benefit from having more guys like this in close-game situations.

Skylar Frey (OF)

Posting a .338 batting average will garner some attention in college. Leading your team in hits will not go over-looked either. But perhaps the most impressive thing that I noticed when looking at just the numbers — Frey’s speed. He tied for the team-lead (32-of-36) in stolen bases while playing in 54 games. Only eight players in the country had more steals than the Sarasota native.

While attending Sarasota High School, Frey helped lead his team to the state championship game in 2015. Coming out of high school, he was listed as the 52nd best outfielder in Florida, and 458th in the country. While, as an outfielder straight out of high school, that doesn’t usually draw attention from the likes of Florida State, Frey is a classic example of how going to a 2-year program can often be the best decision a young ball player can make.

His ability to get on-base, speed, and defensive performance will be critical in determining Frey’s role with the team. Not a power threat (0 HR at Polk State), he could wind up being an on-base/defensive specialist called upon in late-game situations.