FSU baseball is starting to inch towards the 35-man roster mark. The ‘Noles made 2 additions and three subtractions from their fall roster, leaving them with a 38-man roster heading into spring practices. The Florida State roster is now made up of two catchers, 11 infielders, four outfielders, seven LHP’s, and 14 RHP’s. Out of the three remaining cuts, I’d expect FSU to drop two more infielders and a RHP. FSU can’t afford to drop another outfielder.
FSU cut three freshmen from the fall roster: Bryce Bonne, JoJo Miller, and Lillo Paxia. Boone looked likely had the most natural raw power of any FSU freshman and showed that with a mammoth HR in the ‘Noles first fall game. But Boone was suspended for a game and had off-the-field issues in the fall, leading to his cut. Miller, a Tallahassee-native, couldn’t find a spot on the Seminoles’ roster. A natural INF couldn’t crack the depth chart, before he was moved to the OF, where he looked uncomfortable. Miller also had some off-the-field issues my sources tell me. Paxia had lingering injury issues early in the fall that led to a slow start at FSU. Paxia also had a hard time finding a defensive role and was often DH’d in the fall.
The Seminoles then added two freshmen at the beginning of spring semester. Tyler Martin, Mike Martin Jr.’s son, early-enrolled out of North Florida Christian and was added to the roster. Martin, who stands 6’1 and weighs 175, will likely play third base for the ‘Noles and provide extra INF depth. The early-enrollee will be a walk-on, not taking up apart of the 11.7 scholarships provided. Dylan Simmons was also added to the roster. To read more on Simmons story, click here. Simmons will have the opportunity to win the first base position in practice before the start of the season.
The ‘Noles also made some number changes on the roster. Aaron Jensen and Isaiah Perry swapped numbers, Jensen will wear #48 while Perry wears #38. Martin was given #16 and Simmons #45. FR Ryan Pettys changed from #14 to #22.
FSU will have until opening day to make their final three cuts.