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FSU baseball commit highlights: 3/3-3/17

What the FSU commits did before the season was put on pause.

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The high school baseball season has been put on pause just like college baseball. Before the break began, many FSU commits showed what they will bring to the table at Florida State. Let’s take a look at what the Seminole commits did over the last two weeks.


The JUCO season was cancelled on Tuesday as four JUCO commits seasons came to an end. Casey Asman ended his season hitting .333 with nine extra base hits. Asman possesses some real speed, as he was 8th in all of JUCO with four triples, and also top 100 with nine stolen bases. Asman will likely battle for the starting LF spot or 1B next season.

Rook Ellington was just starting to heat up when the season came to an end. The outfielder had hits in 11 of his last 12 games and hits in six straight. Ellington ended the year with a .261 average and 22 runs in 23 games. Ellington will likely battle for the starting center fielder spot next season.

Johnny Rodriguez had the most struggles of the group, hitting .207 in 13 games. Rodriguez will provide shortstop depth in 2021.

Colton Vincent, pictured below, had the best season of the group, hitting .352 with 25 runs in 25 games. He also had three homers and three stolen bases. Vincent will likely battle for the starting catcher role next season.

AJ Shaver has true five-tool potential. He runs a 6.45 60, throws 92 MPH from the OF, and has true pop in the bat. He’s rated the 8th best OF in FL. He’s hitting .357 with five extra base hits, including two homers.

Vince Smith is an athlete up the middle of the diamond. He also has a keen ability of getting the barrel to the ball. Smith is rated the 10th-best SS in FL out of Calvary Christian. He’s hitting .333 with five extra base hits and ten stolen bases through 11 games.

Andrew Armstrong is a crafty lefty that makes hitters look silly (check the second video below). He capped off his 2020 with a game to remember, with a homer and five shutout innings. He’s rated the third best southpaw in Georgia.

Bazz Jimenez has been a late riser in the 2020 rankings after showing off some improved bat speed and quick hands at the plate. The 6’4, 207 pound catcher is also stout behind the dish. He’s rated the #7 catcher in FL.


Connor Moore had himself quite the two weeks of baseball. Moore blasted not one, not two, not three, but four homers from March 3rd to the 10th. Moore is rated the 30th best SS in the FL.

All Cade Bush does is hit bombs. Bush is an imposing presence in the box, standing 6’3, 215 pounds. The Palm Beach Gardens-native is rated the third best 1B in Florida.

Aidan Mastantuno is a two-way player, but will likely just hit when he reaches FSU. The fifth-rated first baseman in Florida had a walk-off a couple weeks ago.

Colby Frieda has a really high ceiling with his lanky 6’3, 195-pound frame. He runs his fastball into the low 90’s with a sharp slider. Frieda could be an electric bullpen arm in Tallahassee.

Conner Whittaker won the Sarasota Athlete of the Week a week ago after throwing six scoreless innings against North Port. For a full interview with the FSU commit, check the link in the tweet below.

The Seminoles’ highest rated ‘21 commit, Jackson Baumeister, got himself quite the collectible. Baumeister is the nation’s highest-rated catcher in the class.


FSU’s second-highest rated ‘22 commit, Jordan Taylor, continues to show his raw power. Taylor’s swing produces consistent line drives. He’s rated the third best outfielder in FL for 2022.

Davion Hickson continues to show off his extremely high ceiling. The sophomore already stands 6’4, 182 pounds and is touching 92 MPH with his fastball. Hickson, rated the fifth best RHP in the state, will be electric if he reaches Dick Howser Stadium.


Riley Jackson had himself quite the couple weeks for Eau Gallie. Jackson is the Seminoles’ highest-rated 2023 commit and the nation’s top-ranked catcher in the class.

Tristan Russell made the varsity team in his freshman year at Cy Woods, a high school in Texas with 3,500 kids. Russell is rated the fourth best SS in the state and has been up to 87 MPH on the mound. Here’s a double from the switch-hitter.