For the second straight day, two FSU baseball members have entered the transfer portal. Yesterday it was freshmen Tyrell Brewer and Ryan Pettys, today it’s senior Carter Smith and freshman Caleb Cali. The transfers are likely just based on numbers and the current roster crunch with an extra year of eligibility for everyone and just five rounds of the draft.
Smith came into FSU as a JUCO-transfer out of Florida SouthWestern State College. It wasn’t till late last season that the lefty came on, as he broke out in the Athens regional, with a HR and four RBI. Smith was set to be an every day starter in his second year at FSU, but the emergence of freshmen Dylan Simmons and Tyler Martin cut into his play time. He made 11 starts, hitting .233 with one homer. He will be a grad-transfer, as he gets an extra year of eligibility to use somewhere else.
Cali came to FSU as the #6 3B in the state of Florida, but was moved to first for the majority of his time in Tallahassee. The Montverde native is a naturally strong kid with a good amount of juice in the bat. With two All-American freshmen already established at both corners of the INF, it would be hard for Cali to find a role over the next few years, which likely led to his name being in the portal.