Playoffs are just around the corner in Summer ball leagues around the country and FSU players are catching fire at just the right time. The ‘Noles had many standouts in the last week, including a trio of arms coming from one team. The pitching staff is starting to show it has many top of the line arms that will all be competing for weekend spots.
Parker Messick made his fifth start of the summer yesterday morning and tossed a gem. The southpaw was one bunt hit away from a perfect game, going seven innings of one-hit ball (FCSL is only 7-inning games). Messick also struck out 13 batters and didn’t allow a free pass. He needed just 73 pitches (74% strikes) to get through the length of the outing. If he can continue to produce that efficiency and command into fall and spring, Messick will be FSU’s Friday-night starter in 2021.
Bryce Hubbart has shown all summer long how dominant his raw stuff can be. On Monday, Hubbart went four scoreless innings giving up just two walks and a hit. The lefty also struck out nine to bring his season total to a league high 31 K’s. If he can find consistent command and efficiency, it will be hard to keep his talent out of the weekend rotation. If he still struggles to find that consistency, Hubbart will likely continue to be developed as FSU’s midweek starter.
Carson Montgomery made his third outing of the summer last Thursday as he made the six-out save for the Squeeze. Montgomery’s second inning was as dominant as it comes as he struck out the side to end the game. He also had seven swing-and-misses on just 13 pitches in his second inning. The FB sat 92-95, while the slider/slurve looked like a knockout breaker. For his full outing, see below:
The three arms have combined to give up just two ER in 38.1 IP this summer. They’ve also surrendered just 11 hits while striking out 64 batters.
Jack Anderson made his fourth start of the summer last Thursday. Anderson’s arm looked the best it’s ever been since he reached FSU. The FB sat mostly 90-92 and scraped 94 MPH. The slider continued to look dominant at 83-86 MPH and the changeup was effective against lefties. He gave up just one ER against a loaded Scorpions lineup. Anderson has had the biggest jump of any FSU pitcher in pure stuff this offseason. The results haven’t been amazing, but the jump in his velocity likely puts his name well in the mix for a weekend spot.
Robby Martin has continued to hit well for the Scorpions. Martin’s average sits at .350 while the OBP is at .440. He’s also stolen five bases this summer, a sign that will likely make Mike Martin Jr. very happy. His teammate Reese Albert posted two RBI doubles on the week as his bat is starting to come around.
Incoming JUCO commit Casey Asman really found his swing in the last week. Asman had a hit in all three games this week, including coming a homer shy of the cycle last Friday. He also had a walk-off single yesterday, which gave him 9 RBI on the season. He’s hitting .306 through 12 games in the Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches and could be a big factor in FSU’s every day lineup in 2021.
Another incoming JUCO transfer, Colton Vincent, continued his stellar summer in the Gulf Coast league. Vincent is hitting .316 with a .466 OBP for the Lakewood Ranchers. He has eight more free passes than strikeouts and has seven extra base hits in 24 games.