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FSU baseball recruiting: ‘Noles pick up 15th 2022 commitment

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Florida State’s 2022 recruiting class moves to second in the nation.

Brett Nevitt

FSU baseball’s recruiting has seen some trends develop since the Mike Martin Jr. was promoted and his assistants were hired. One trend has stood above the rest: lanky, projectable RHP’s. Last week, the ‘Noles picked up two such commits, and added another tonight in Drake Flowers, a 2022 RHP.

Flowers comes out of Jupiter, FL and William Dwyer high school. Growing up in Florida, the righty has always loved Florida State, as he said, “FSU has been my dream school and I have wanted to play there for a while.”

The Jupiter native was one of the best 2022 arms left in the class. He was the 2nd best RHP in FL still uncomitted and is ranked the 130th best player in the nation by Perfect Game. Much of the appeal for Flowers comes in the projection of his frame. Standing at 6’5, 185 pounds, Flowers has a frame that coaches dream about for RHP’s. Flowers is confident in FSU’s coaching staff to take his arm to the next level, saying, “I really liked their approach to developing pitchers and how they will help me progress while I’m there.”

Flowers fastball is already a dominant pitch on the travel ball scene. The fastball has been up to 91 and sits in the 85-89 MPH range. He comes from an over-the-top arm angle that creates good plane towards the plate and causes lots of swing-and-misses. The off-speed still has some developing to do. The RHP has a three-pitch mix, adding a SL and CH to the arsenal. Both pitches sit in the upper 70’s.

Flowers perfectly fits the mold of the RHP’s FSU is trying to get to campus. If the bodies mature as expected and coaches can develop the mechanics, Florida State will be loaded with power arms for years to come. With Flowers’ commitment, FSU’s 2022 class moved to second in the nation, behind just LSU.