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32 days till FSU baseball: Logan Lacey battling for INF role heading into spring

TCC-transfer could play second or third for the ‘Noles / Haylee Blitch

Logan Lacey was one of the top players in Tallahassee and the state of Florida coming out of high school, but found himself at Tallahassee Community College to begin his college career. Lacey was named the All-Big Bend Player of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat in his senior year at Godby high school and was ranked the 26th best RHP in the state for the 2017 class. Once Lacey got to TCC, he struggled on the mound and was used more as a hitter than a pitcher. The RHP compiled a 7.34 ERA his freshman year, but found success at the plate instead.

The Tallahassee-native hit .290 and put up an OPS of .797 in his freshman year, before having a dip in average to .242 in his sophomore year. Lacey made just two errors on 97 chances in the field his sophomore season. Since getting to FSU, the junior has only hit and play the field rather than throw off the mound. Lacey, who stands 5’10 and weighs 190, has been moved all over the field as FSU tries to find the best spot for him. In the fall, the right-handed hitter played second base, third base, and right field.

Lacey struggled at the plate in the fall, with just one hit, but held his own in the field. Despite struggling in the fall exhibitions, sources told me that he really held his own in the box in practices. The infielder accumulated just one hit in the fall, but put together better at-bats as the fall went on. Despite his smaller stature, Lacey does have some pop in the bat. In two years at TCC, Lacey hit 11 home runs and 14 doubles in over 343 at bats. He also has the ability to come through with RISP, driving in 89 runs in 105 games.

Mike Martin Jr. and his staff have a lot of options with Lacey. He could play second, third, DH, OF, or even pitch. I’d expect Lacey to stick at second and likely backup Jackson Greene early in the season. The JUCO-transfer could be a platoon-starter and pinch hitter who hits against LHP’s. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the INF has a strong couple weeks of practices and starts early in the season. FSU’s third base and second base positions could come down to whoever plays the best defense. With the Seminoles relying on pitching in 2020, infield defense will have to back them up, or else the good pitching won’t matter.

FSU received their second top 25 ranking of 2020 from D1 baseball earlier today with 32 days until the season opener.