FSU will likely have two newcomers in the everyday lineup, but many new faces will fill roles within the pitching staff. Jimmy Belanger’s weekend rotation will consist of three contributors from last year’s team, but the bullpen and midweek rotation could see fresh new arms on the hill. Let’s take a look at some of the newcomers and players that barely played last year that will have the most impact on FSU’s 2020 success.
1. Davis Hare
Davis Hare comes to FSU from Wallace Community College, where he posted a 1.85 ERA and 11.3 K/9 in 2019. Hare is the frontrunner to be FSU’s “closer” in 2020 and will likely make 25-35 appearances out of the pen for the ‘Noles. The big righty throws strikes and is efficient on the mound. The 6’3, 215-pound RHP needed just 29 pitches to get through nine hitters in the fall. The Georgia-native uses a unique three-pitch mix to keep the hitters guessing. Hare sits 91-93 with a sinking fastball that makes it hard for hitters to get up in the air for loud contact. He also can drop in a high-70’s curveball for strikes when he needs to keep the hitter off-balance. The righty’s go-to pitch is his “unhittable” sinker, as Mike Martin Jr. describes it. The sinker dives below hitters bat and often gets swings-and-misses or soft ground outs. The sinker gives him the ability to be effective against righties and lefties.
2. Tyrell Brewer
Tyrell Brewer wasn’t very highly rated when he got to FSU, but he just got on base and created havoc over and over. Brewer fits the mold of the player that Meat is looking for down the road, a player that can put the pressure on an opposing team’s defense. Whether it’s from the top or bottom of the lineup, the freshman is a game changer. He doesn’t have much pop, but he puts the ball in play and forces the defense to make a play. Brewer is a burner on the base paths and has the ability to beat out routine ground balls on the infield. He’s also a versatile player, that can play multiple positions on the infield and outfield. Brewer will give Junior lots of flexibility with the lineup throughout the season. I could see the freshman starting at third, second, or any of the outfield spots. The Orlando-native could be an everyday starter that steals double-digit bags in 2020.
Jack Anderson was FSU’s highest rated pitcher in the 2018 recruiting class, but barely saw action in his freshman season. Anderson threw 7.2 innings and made one midweek start in 2019. As a freshman, he struggled with fastball command and executing his off speed pitches, leading to walks and extra base hits. This year, he’s taken a large step forward from being a thrower to a pitcher. The execution and focus is now there in his sophomore year. Anderson boasts a more polished three-pitch mix in 2020. The fastball will sit 90-92, while topping out at 93 MPH. Rather than a loopy curveball, the righty will feature a tight slider in 2020. The slider comes in around 80-82 MPH and is hard for right-handed hitters to pick up off the fastball. He also has an effective changeup in the high 70’s that gives him the ability to get lefties out as well. FSU won’t have one or two defined weekday starters, as they’ll likely rotate multiple young guns under Junior’s direction, but Anderson will likely get the most opportunities in his sophomore season.
Perfect Game released their ACC preview today, predicting a second place Atlantic division finish for the ‘Noles and a preseason All-ACC honor for CJ Van Eyk.
Van Eyk received another honor from D1Baseball as they released their second-team Preseason All-Americans today.
SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS @HailStateBB and others are well represented ... It's time to release our Preseason Second Team All-Americans!— D1Baseball (@d1baseball) January 21, 2020
Here's the full list:
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The Seminoles will get much more exposure in 2020 to most fans’ delight, that is if you have ACC Network.