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Reese Albert announces return to Florida State baseball

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A fully healthy Albert makes FSU’s lineup dangerous.

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The 2020 MLB draft was officially shortened to five rounds just a few days ago, with un-drafted free agents getting a maximum of 20K dollars. Florida State has quite a few draft-eligible sophomores and juniors who would’ve heard their names called in the 6th-10th rounds. Some might even go in the top five. One of them has officially announced he will be back in 2021:

Reese Albert will be back in centerfield for his second junior year next season. With an extra year of leverage and eligibility, there’s no reason for him to sign for 20K. With extra time to heal his shoulder, a fully healthy season should boost his draft stock.

Albert started the 2020 season slowly, but his timing was off due to missing fall ball after a summer shoulder surgery. As the timing started to return, Albert showed signs of life. The lefty capped off the season with a two-HR game against Illinois State.

The junior finished the season hitting just .242, but he sported a very solid .923 OPS. With a fully healthy shoulder and an entire fall to prepare, Albert should be a dangerous piece in the middle of the Seminoles’ order.