Fall ball is starting to kick off around the country for many programs. There are no exhibitions allowed this year, but teams can still practice and have intrasquad scrimmages. With fall ball rolling around, Florida State released their first official roster of the season today.
The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility for all spring athletes from the 2020 season. With the extra year, college baseball will have no roster limit, which is normally 35, in the 2021 season. The only limit will come in the scholarship number, as schools are allowed up to a total of 32 partial athletic scholarships.
Florida State will enter the fall with 48 players listed on the roster. The roster will include 18 newcomers, with 15 freshmen and five transfers.
There were a couple unexpected additions to the roster, that were not originally apart of the recruiting class. The big one comes out of transfer Garrett Mathes. Mathes is a Tallahassee native, out of Chiles high school, and was at Mercer last season. In 17 IP last season, Mathes allowed just three runs in 17 IP. All three runs he gave up were to FSU. He also gave up just seven hits, while striking out 19. Mathes is listed as a redshirt sophomore.
FSU also added freshman Alex Haire, an OF out of Berkeley Preparatory School and Largo, Florida. In his shortened senior year, Haire hit .324 with three homers in just ten games.
Chase Haney, Clayton Kwiatkowski, and Nico Baldor will return for an extra senior year, and not count against the scholarship number. All returning players were listed as redshirts.
There will likely be some roster attrition in the fall for FSU, but they won’t be restricted by a certain roster number despite the current number. For the full official roster heading into the fall, see below: