Chase Haney is the leader of the 2020 FSU baseball team, plain and simple. When talking to Mike martin Jr. in the fall he said, “This is Chase Haney’s team.” Haney is in his fifth year at FSU, and he’s been through all the ups and downs as a team and personally. The fifth-year senior has pitched in two College World Series, but he’s also been through Tommy John Surgery and missed an entire season. The reliever is the only player on FSU’s roster that has been apart of a win vs. Florida. He’s been through every situation in his years at FSU and it helps him to lead this team, Meat said “He knows when and what to say to this team.”
Haney was unhittable at times last season after coming back from his TJ surgery. The sidearmer didn’t give up an earned run over his last 14.1 innings pitched to end the year. On the season, the righty posted an ERA of 2.41 and a K/9 of 8.73. Haney also produced a minimal WHIP of .92 as he gave up just 23 hits in 37.1 innings of work. His .170 batting average against was the lowest of any FSU pitcher. During the postseason, Haney allowed just three baserunners in 7.1 innings of work. If the pitching thing doesn’t work out for him, he did have a nation high 1.000 (2-2) batting average last season.
The sidearmer creates an unusual arm slot for batters to pick the ball up out of his hand, which makes him so hard to hit. The thing that makes Chaz so hard for hitters to hit is his ability to tunnel his pitches. “Tunneling” is when your pitches ride the same tunnel to the plate, but break off in different directions at the plate making it hard for hitters to sit on a pitch. Haney uses his two-seam fastball and frisbee slider to keep hitters from making hard contact. The fastball sits from the 88-90 mph range and saws off right-handed hitters. The slider has the opposite effect, sweeping away from RHH’s in the 74-76 mph range. Haney can also drop in a changeup against lefties from time-to-time.
On the field, Haney will help FSU win in the late innings and high-leverage situations against RHH’s. The redshirt-senior enters the 2020 season ranked ninth in FSU history with 95 relief appearances, and will likely add on at least 30 more appearances in 2020. As much as an impact that Chase has on the field, he may help FSU win more games in the locker room and just as a leader. The pitchers on this team look up to and follow in the footsteps of Haney. He will be the guy that speaks up when this team runs into adversity and help them handle it. Having Haney’s leadership may be the best attribute of the 2020 Florida State baseball team.