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37 days till FSU baseball: JD Tease adds INF depth to roster

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Tallahassee-native battling for backup SS role

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JD Tease dominated in high school at North Florida Christian high school in Tallahassee. The freshman was named the Class 3A Player of the Year in his junior season after hitting .505 with 29 doubles in the season. For his career, Tease posted a .432 average on 121 hits in 85 games played. The shortstop also posted a .953 fielding percentage in .953. Tease comes into FSU as the 34th rated SS in the 2019 class and the 142nd ranked freshman in the conference. The Tallahassee-native is listed at 5’10 and 180 pounds. Tease hits from the right side.

Since Tease has gotten to FSU, he’s had a bit of a tough time on the field. In game two of the fall, Tease collided with a full speed Elijah Cabell running for a pop up and was knocked unconscious on the outfield grass. The freshman showed extreme toughness, coming back into the game just one inning later. But for the rest of fall, Tease struggled defensively. In the next four games, the freshman made four errors, mostly on pop ups. Tease missed one popup in the short outfield, another behind third base in foul ground, and another ball that hit him in the head on the infield. After getting run into by Cabell, Tease never looked right the rest of fall in the field. (I have to say, I would also be a little flustered on pop ups after being run over by Cabell at full speed.)

In five games, Tease went 3-12 at the plate with two K’s and two BB’s. Tease can swing it at the plate, especially for his size. The freshman never looked overmatched at the play and regularly put the ball in play and also stole a couple bases. But FSU’s priority will likely be on defense when it comes to their backup infielders. Tease will have the opportunity to make up for his defensive miscues over the next few weeks of practice and win over the backup SS position. He will likely battle for the backup shortstop role with fellow freshman Danny Andzel. With the potential departure of Nander De Sedas to the 2020 MLB draft, it’s important for FSU to develop a freshman SS this season.