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FSU baseball: summer ball update, week two

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Seminole pitchers busy on the bump.

Brett Nevitt

FSU pitchers have been quite busy on the bump the last seven days. Some pitchers have looked fresh, other have looked rusty, but there’s a lot to be excited about. I’ve had the chance to get around to some outings and take video of the Seminoles in the FCSL.

Incoming freshman Carson Montgomery made his collegiate debut last night. Montgomery looked fresh after not having faced live hitters since March. His four-seam fastball sat at 93-96 MPH and the two-seam sat 91-95 with significant arm-side run. The slider (80-83 MPH) flashed plus and tunneled well with the two-seam, as you can see below.

The mechanics are fluid and easy, and he oozes athleticism coming down the bump. The RHP worked a scoreless inning, only allowing a walk. For Montgomery’s full outing, see below:

Bryce Hubbart looked in mid-season form on Monday. The southpaw’s fastball sat 87-91, topping out at 92 MPH. He was dominant up in the zone with the FB, getting lots of swings and misses from righties and lefties. The curveball looked sharp early on in the start, sitting 73-77 with 12-6 action. The changeup looks to have developed into a real weapon, with depth and fading action in the low 80’s.

Hubbart struck out nine batters in four innings of one-run ball. The lefty has 14 K’s in six innings of work this summer. For Hubbart’s full outing on Monday, see below:

Jack Anderson also made his second start of the summer Monday. He looked extremely sharp early, working two quick and easy innings and three K’s. The fastball sat 87-91, topping out at 92 MPH. The slider continued to be the out pitch, with late, sharp bite at 83-86 MPH. He worked in his new CB for the first time in game action as well. The knuckle-curve had similar shape to the slider but sat 78-81 MPH.

If he can continue to develop the CB, the arsenal will be weekend ready. He ran into command issues in his 3rd inning of work, which ended his outing. For Anderson’s full outing, see below:

Jackson Nezuh also made his first collegiate outing on Monday. Nezuh looked a bit rusty, having not thrown live for nearly five months. The fastball sat 87-90 MPH. He also featured a slider at 76-77 and a CH in the low 80’s. For his full outing, see below:

Robby Martin continues to hit the ball hard for the Orlando Scorpions. Through seven games, Martin is hitting .368 with two doubles and three stolen bases. The lefty has had hits in five of seven games so far this summer.

For more of Martin’s AB’s, see below:

Doug Kirkland has been throwing the ball well in the FCSL as well. Kirkland has posted three innings of one-run ball with six K’s. With two catchers coming into FSU this year, Kirkland will likely be used as a pitcher-only now. The fastball-slider combo has a chance to be a wipeout pairing with more time on the mound.

Colton Vincent is hitting .336 in the Gulf Coast League. He’s consistently put the ball in play, striking out just four times in sixteen games. He’s also scored 12 runs and driven in eight runs. Half of his hits have gone for extra base hits.

Chris Ruckdeschel has thrown the most of any ‘Nole on the summer ball scene this summer. Ruckdeschel has posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 9.1 IP. He’s also struck out 11 batters while walking just three.

Brandon Walker has thrown 5.1 IP in the Coastal Plain League for the Savannah Bananas. He’s given up just five hits and yet to walk a batter. So far he’s posted a 3.38 ERA and a 13.5 K/9.