With travel baseball getting started for the summer, so is the ‘Noles staff. On Friday, PBR Florida held a showcase for the best players in Florida. One of those was uncommitted, pop up arm Dylan Jacobs out of Forest high school. Two days later, the RHP has committed to FSU.
I’m extremely excited and blessed to announce that I will further my education and baseball career at Florida State University. Go Noles . @FSUBaseball @OrlandoScorps pic.twitter.com/he0Hkbi4xa— Dylan Jacobs (@djacobs04) May 31, 2020
Jacobs is an extremely projectable arm. The Florida native has a lanky 6’2, 180-pound frame. He also is recently coming off a broken growth plate and hasn’t had much time on the mound (only threw two innings on the mound last summer). But that didn’t matter for Jacobs on Friday when he faced some of the best bats in Florida.
The RHP sat 91-92 MPH with the fastball in his first inning of work, and mostly sustained the velocity in the second, sitting 89-91 MPH. The FB has some arm-side run and late life to it. He paired it with a slurve that ranged in the 74-79 MPH range. The pitch can get a bit loopy at times, but if he can sharpen it just a notch, it will be a wipeout pitch.
The delivery is low effort and fluid for the right-hander. He gets into a high, flexible leg kick, before opening his hips and getting deep down the hill for a long extension point. The release point comes from a standard high 3⁄4 arm slot. Here’s the delivery below:
With a lanky frame and a loose, easy delivery, there’s a lot of room to add onto the fastball for Jacobs. His commitment moved FSU’s 2021 recruiting class to 6th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC. The class is almost complete, with a spot or two left. The staff has done a good job of creating a mix of power, athleticism, and projectability that could make this class very special. I’ll have more scouts from the PBR FL ProCase coming this week.
For a Q&A with the newest Seminole, see below:
Q: What did it mean to receive the offer after all you’ve been through with injuries?
“It meant a lot I didn’t think I would get many looks because of everything that’s going on right now but I’ve been working hard since I had that injury and it feels amazing to finally see all of it pay off.”
Q: Was FSU a dream school for you growing up?
“My dad is a Virginia Tech fan and my moms a gator fan so not so much when I was younger but definitely as I got older watching college baseball it became a dream school. The baseball program is great every year and I’m excited to be apart of that.”
Q: You were sitting 91-92 on Friday, how much do you think you have left in the tank?
“We’ll see this summer. I’m going to continue to keep working hard and getting stronger and see how much more I can bring.”
Q: What’s the number one thing you’ll bring to FSU?
“I’ll work as hard as possible and do everything I can to help win a College World Series.”