Florida State baseball announced their weekend rotation this morning. Second-year southpaw Parker Messick will get the nod on opening day, freshman Carson Montgomery will get game two, and veteran Conor Grady will toe the rubber in game three.
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Messick did everything he needed to necessary to become a starter this off-season and it paid off. Messick slimmed down his weight and added a fourth pitch, a knuckle-curveball, to his arsenal. The Plant City native was a freshman All-American last season, after giving up just one earned run in 11.2 IP. Messick attacks hitters from a low slot which makes his ball jump. He has a 90-93 MPH fastball, low-80’s dominant changeup, a mid to high-70’s wipeout slider, and a low 70’s knuckle-curve. His efficiency and mentality will give FSU a chance to win every Friday.
Montgomery is the highest rated pitcher to ever make it to Tallahassee. And the stuff shows every time he’s on the mound, but his composure won him this role. The game doesn’t speed up for the freshman. He will attack hitters with his mid-90’s fastball, which bores in on right-handed hitters. His breaking ball is a tight slider/slurve, at 81-83 MPH. He’s at his best when he’s landing that pitch. His changeup has made big strides since reaching campus and is a weapon against lefties. He also possesses a 88-91 MPH cutter which gives hitters fits. Montgomery has the powerful stuff to put teams away on Saturdays.
Grady will bring the veteran presence to this rotation. Over three years at Florida State, the Tampa native has posted a 3.74 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched. Last season, he posted a 3.00 ERA in four starts, which spanned 15 innings. Grady is a pitcher who works off his off-speed. He throws a sinking fastball at 89-92 MPH, which makes it hard for hitters to get up in the air. He possesses a mid 80’s slider that can be dominant at time, but it can also flatten out at times. When he’s on with that pitch, he’s going to put together quality starts. He also throws an above average changeup in the low 80’s which is tough on left-handed hitters. His experience will give Florida State a pitcher to trust in rubber matches on Sundays.