Aaron Jensen decided to tryout for the FSU baseball team in the fall, now he finds himself on the roster heading into spring. Jensen tried out as a hitter and outfielder, but with his lanky frame, Jimmy Belanger asked him to throw a few pitches. Jensen topped out at 91 and was added to the roster as a pitcher. The ‘Noles had quite the walk-on story in Tim Becker last year. The Seminoles will likely have at least one walk-on during the 2020 regular season to try and carry on the Becker magic.
This isn’t the first time that Jensen has walked onto an FSU team. In his freshman year, Jensen tried out for the football team and made the roster as a walk-on quarter back. Jensen decided to leave the team after a week, but the fact he made the team as a quarterback shows just how much of a gifted right arm he has. The Tampa-native is a natural athlete who can catch on quickly.
Jensen is a sophomore out of Lutz, Florida and Hillsborough high school. The lefty-hitter was a catcher in high school, hitting .339 in 21 games of his senior season. Aaron stands 6’2 and weighs 177 pounds. Jensen is a very lanky pitcher and can get long extension down the mound with a low 90’s fastball. The walk-on is anything but a pushover on the mound. Jensen only saw one inning of work in the fall, as he dealt with some arm issues, but made use of the one inning. The sophomore struck out two batters while allowing just one hit and no runs in FSU’s garnet-gold game. Jensen also threw 65% strikes on 17 pitches.
The lanky righty will likely bring some added depth to the Seminoles’ bullpen. FSU lacked RHP depth in the pen last year, but will have no shortage this year. As of now, the ‘Noles will likely have 11 available right-handed arms in the bullpen. Last year, FSU only had five. Jensen likely won’t provide a magical spark like Becker late last season, but he will be a useful arm in the FSU pen that can eat a few innings.