Florida State baseball made history on Monday morning as the ACC announced their awards for the year. Matheu Nelson was named the ACC Player of the Year. Parker Messick was named the ACC Pitcher and Freshman of the year. This is the first time in ACC history that any school has earned Player, Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in the same season.
Nelson hit .339 with a .449 on-base percentage and .802 slugging percentage. He leads the country with 22 home runs and leads the ACC with 63 RBI. The Largo native has thrown out 50% of would-be base-stealers. The catcher was first on the Seminoles’ with 16 doubles and sixty hits and was second with four stolen bases. Nelson becomes FSU 8th player to win Player of the Year and the first since DJ Stewart in 2014.
Messick was a starter for all 14 weekend series in his redshirt freshman campaign. FSU has won six straight games that Messick started. He has a 6-2 record with a 3.30 ERA over 79 innings. He has struck out 114 batters. Messick is the second player in conference history to be named Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. He is the second ‘Nole to win pitcher of the year, as Bryan Henry won in 2007. Messick is the third Seminole to win freshman of the year, joining Jonathan Johnson (1993) and Stephen Drew (2002).
This is the second time that FSU has won both Player and Pitcher of the Year in the same season. Tony Thomas, Jr. won player of the year along with Henry (pitcher) in 2007.
UPDATE, 4:00 PM
Nelson and Messick were both named to the All-ACC First team. Bryce Hubbart and Robby Martin were selected to the All-ACC Third team. Hubbart and Messick were also named to the All-ACC Freshmen team.