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Florida State baseball: FSU’s top 2021 recruit to play in All-American classic Friday

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‘Noles have had at least one commit at AA classic 10 of last 11 years.

Kyler Peterson

Since Mike Martin Jr. was promoted, FSU’s recruiting has been on the rise. One of recruiting coordinator Mike Metcalf’s first commitments was Edwin Arroyo. When he committed on July 26, 2019, he was rated just a ‘top-1000’ player by Perfect Game. Now, he’s ranked 32nd in the nation and one of just 54 players participating in the Perfect Game All-American Classic tomorrow.

In a normal year, Perfect Game would be getting ready for the All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego. But this year is anything but normal. This year’s classic will take place at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City tomorrow afternoon. First will be a home run derby at 3:30 PM, before the game at 4:30 PM. The game will be broadcast on PerfectGame.tv.

Arroyo will represent FSU on the East squad, wearing #33. Not only will Arroyo represent FSU, but also Puerto Rico. Arroyo will be the only international player at the event and is rated the number one player from PR. The PR native attends Arecibo Baseball Academy, where he trains from 6:00 AM to noon, and practices every afternoon, five days a week during the school year.

Arroyo was selected to the All-American game after posting big numbers at the Perfect Game national showcase in late June. The short stop tied for the highest infield velocity, at 96 MPH, while doing it with accuracy across the diamond. He posted a top-20 60-yard dash time of 6.53. He also had an exit velocity of 93 MPH off the tee.

At the plate, Arroyo is a switch-hitter. He looks natural from both sides with easy bat whip in the swing. He creates some more loft in the left-handed swing, but has easy pop from both sides of the plate. He’s shown the ability to go to all parts of the field as well.

He separates himself from much of the class with his tools on the infield. The arm is a rare talent, and will help him stick on the left side of the infield at the next level. He also has the pure athleticism to stick at SS, ranging to his left and right with ease. He has smooth, simple actions through the ball. He has also shown the ability to play second and third base at a high level.

For his full performance from PG national, see below:

For his full performance from day one of the Baseball Factory Under showcase, see below:

Arroyo has the tools to be a true five-tool player at the next level, whether that’s FSU or pro ball. If he wants to get drafted in the 2021 draft, there are many times that would love to take him in the first few rounds. But Arroyo also loves FSU and wants to play for Meat and co.

When he committed, Arroyo told me, “I love Florida State and I’m happy to be part of a new family. The staff made me and my family feel cared for. Not only as a player. It’s amazing to have such great people give me a chance to prove myself.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a future FSU Alumni, I will play to make Seminoles proud.”