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16 days till FSU baseball: Tyler Martin brings INF depth to roster as a walk-on

Third-generation Seminole brings dependable glove to the infield

Haylee Blitch

Tyler Martin is now the third generation of Martin’s to play baseball at Florida State. Mike Martin Jr.’s son joined FSU’s roster at the beginning of the spring semester as an early enrollee after graduating from Chiles high school in Tallahassee. The freshman joined the team as a walk-on to bring some extra infield depth to the roster. Martin has been around the team and gone through practices for the last couple years, so the transition from high school ball to college ball should be pretty smooth for him. The 6’1, 160 pound freshman will be a backup at third in 2020.

The 160-pound frame sticks out when first seeing Martin on the diamond. He’s just out of high school and needs quite a bit of time to add on muscle and weight to add pop in the bat. At the dish, the bat lags a little bit and he looks like a high school hitter that is in college a year early. Martin’s load and bat wrap needs to be shortened a bit to be able to catch up to a college fastball. You can check out the freshman’s swing here:

The early-enrollee wasn’t added to the roster for his bat though. The third baseman looks like the most dependable third baseman with the glove at the hot corner. The arm is slightly weak for the position, but with added muscle it shouldn’t be an issue. Martin could also play second base.

Martin won’t be an everyday starter and he probably won’t see much action in 2020. He could be a late-game defensive substitution in certain situation for the Seminoles. Infield defense is key to FSU’s success in 2020 and that’s what Martin brings to the roster. It doesn’t hurt to have Martin on the roster as he doesn’t take up a scholarship, but I wouldn’t expect him to make an impact in 2020. Down the line with added muscle and a fine-tuned swing, he could battle for an every-day spot on the infield.

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