With only five rounds of the MLB draft and everyone in college baseball getting a year of eligibility back, roster spots are going to be hard to find for role players in big programs. Florida State has gotten their first glimpse of this.
Hungate came to FSU as the number one-rated third baseman in the state of Virginia. He seemed poised to be the next power-hitting corner INF in Tallahassee, but with Drew Mendoza at third base and extremely thin depth in the bullpen, the coaching staff had other plans for the Virginia-native. After the fall of his freshmen year, he was permanently moved to the mound.
The move to the mound came with good reason. The first time he stepped on the bump, you could see the potential. Hungate was touching 95 MPH with his fastball, paired with a sharp, mid-80’s slider. But after throwing just a few innings in high school, the rust was hard to knock off, as he struggled to find his command.
Hungate finished his freshman year with a 7.88 ERA in eight IP as he walked nine batters.
The right-handed hitter did get an opportunity to hit in the Valley League last summer, but he stuck to the mound when he got back to FSU. Hungate was planned to redshirt in 2020, as he never saw the field in the shortened season.
With a big arm, Hungate will likely find himself a comfortable landing spot. He could also go somewhere and try to reignite his hitting career if he wants. Despite being the last ACC team to have a player enter the transfer portal, this will likely only be the start of transfers for Mike Martin Jr., as FSU’s projected roster number now sits at 55.