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27 days till FSU baseball: Jackson Greene heads into spring as favorite to start at second

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JUCO transfer hit .344 in 55 games last season

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Jackson Greene wasn’t a very highly or well-known recruit coming out of Suwannee high school. The Live Oak, Florida native was rated the 67th best shortstop in Florida and just as a “high follow” in the national rankings. After not receiving much recruiting attention, Greene headed to Wallace Community College, the same JUCO that FSU received Davis Hare from. After a stellar sophomore season at the community college, Greene committed to transfer to Florida State for the 2020 season. Now, the JUCO transfer is the favorite to fill the second base hole in the Seminoles’ lineup heading into spring.

In 55 games last year, Greene posted a .344 batting average at the top of WCC’s order. Greene doesn’t have the most powerful bat, but he consistently puts the ball in play. As a sophomore, Greene posted a minimal 12.6 K%. The right-handed hitter doesn’t draw a hefty amount of walks, but he walked the same amount of times as he struck out. For the season, the infielder posted a .861 OPS and drove in 31 runs from the top of the order. The Florida-native had 14 extra base hits, 12 doubles and two homers. He also has the ability to steal a bag from time-to-time, as he stole eight bases on the 2019 season.

Jackson played short stop at WCC, but with Nander De Sedas manning the position in 2020, Greene will slide over to second base. The 5’11, 199 pound infielder is a sure-handed fielder as he posted a .953 fielding percentage in 2019. With the move to the other side of the infield, Greene had some defensive issues in FSU’s fall games. It doesn’t sound like a big difference, but the footwork, angles, and technique around second base are different from second to shortstop. With more time and work with his other infielders, I’d expect Greene to be an asset defensively for Mike Martin Jr.

Greene was brought to FSU to replace Mike Salvatore and start at second base, but he has to earn it in practice. I would be surprised if we do not see the JUCO transfer as FSU’s starting second baseman on February 14th. Like Salvatore was, I’d expect the 2B to be a two-year starter at FSU before graduating. Even if he doesn’t have a very productive season with the bat, solid infield defense will be a major boost to FSU’s success in 2020. Greene will likely bat somewhere from 7-9 in the order come opening day.