The Florida State Seminoles baseball team saw their postseason streak come to an end under the first year leadership of Coach Link Jarrett. Injuries, lack of depth, and inexperience proved costly for the Seminoles as FSU struggled at multiple positions throughout the year. It was clear that in order to drastically improve the 2024 squad, Jarrett and company would need to retain key pieces while aggressively attacking the transfer portal. We’ll use this article to track all the major updates for the Florida State Seminoles baseball team.
- 5/22/23: James Tibbs announces he will stay for his junior year at Florida State. Though not draft eligible, Tibbs would have been a hot name in the portal. Tibbs was also announced as a Rising Spear Ambassador for the program.
Not the season we were hoping for but thank you for all the support this year!! The Lord is always good! See y’all at Howser in February! Romans 8:28 pic.twitter.com/WXPlY7f1rT— James Tibbs (@JamesTibbsIII) May 22, 2023
- 5/26/23: Cam Smith announces through the Rising Spear Ambassador program his intention to return for his sophomore year. Smith’s potential is likely the highest on the team and will be a staple in next year’s lineup.
Now batting fifth in our first week of Rising Spear Student-Athlete Ambassador announcements, Cam Smith!— RisingSpear (@RisingSpearNIL) May 26, 2023
Cam Smith ( @cameron_smith24 ) is locked in for Noles and @FSUBaseball . pic.twitter.com/uIXY5S88vS
- Florida State Seminoles transfer commitments:
Max Williams: OF Alabama
A top-100 rated high school prospect, Williams appeared in 18 games for the University of Alabama during his freshman year, starting in three of those. Williams compiled a .320 average with seven RBIs. Williams is a left-handed bat that will mainly play outfield but potentially see time at first base.
Alex Lodise, INF UNF
Lodise was voted first team All-ASUN this past season for the Ospreys. Lodise put on an offensive clinic at the University of North Florida, batting .306 and crushing 16 home runs and 63 RBIs. He set multiple freshman single-season records in his first year. Lodise bats right-handed and played shortstop for UNF.
Drew Faurot: UCF INF
Faurot is a native of Tallahassee and is coming home next season to help the FSU rebuild. The University of Central Florida freshman set the single-season freshman home run record with 15 this past year. Faurot, a switch hitter, played shortstop and will help solidify the Seminoles middle infield, a troubled area last year. He’ll need to cut down on his K-rate from last season and clean up his fielding but still looks to be an upgrade for the Seminoles.
Jacob Marlowe: UCF LHP
Marlowe pitched for the Knights over the past two seasons. Last year, he appeared in 19 games, starting eight. He compiled 41 strikeouts and a 5.64 ERA. For the 2022 season, Marlowe posted a 2.31 ERA over seven appearances.
First off, I’d like to thank the UCF coaching staff and teammates for what they have done for me. After going into the transfer portal, I have decided to commit to Florida State University! I’d like to thank my parents and coaches for helping me make this decision. Go noles! pic.twitter.com/NPcS4IhhJI— Jacob Marlowe (@jacobmarlowe239) June 2, 2023
Cam Leiter: UCF RHP
From his UCF bio, nephew of Al and Mark Leiter, cousin of Jack Leiter. The MLB bloodline pitcher is the third UCF to FSU transfer of the offseason. Leiter posted a 4.92 ERA in 15 appearances for the Knights. The freshman turned his season around in the second half. Over his last four starts, his numbers were 18.2 IP, 32 K, 4 ER. This run included his final run start in the AAC tournament where he punched out nine over seven scoreless innings.
Ethan Chenault: UNC Wilmington RHP
Chenault appeared in 26 games this past season, all in relief. He posted a 5-2 record with a 4.91 ERA over 47.2 innings. He picked up 59 punch outs compared to 24 walks. He is draft eligible.
6/12/23 UCF hires Rich Wallace
Yoel Tejeda Jr: RHP UF
The 6’8 right-hander appeared in eight games last season, starting six. He posted a win-loss record of 2-0 with a 5.56 ERA. He tossed 22.2 IP this past year. The results were not there but Tejeda has high potential and was a top-100 prospect in the 2022 class.
6/17/23 Navy hires Chuck Ristano
Noah Short: RHP West Virginia
Short is a sidearm style right-handed pitcher transferring from the Mountaineers after four seasons. Last season he posted a 3.65 ERA over 24 appearances. He was 4-0 over 12.1 innings. Batters averaged .209 against Short.
Jaxson West: C Alabama
West is a Tallahassee native from Chiles that played at Alabama during his freshman season. He appeared in a limited role, starting four games and appearing in 20.
Daniel Cantu 1B/RF USF
Cantu is a grad transfer from USF. He has started 163 games and batted .302 last season with 11 homers.
Key Seminoles that have entered the transfer portal:
I wanted to come on here and thank all of the coaches and fans who supported me throughout my time at Florida State. With that being said I have entered my name into the transfer portal with two years of eligibility.— Treyton Rank (@TreytonRank6) June 5, 2023
Video is on Synergy.
Thank you Again!❤️ pic.twitter.com/AvQ6wez8Iw
TRANSFER NEWS: @FSUBaseball RHP Carson Montgomery has entered the Transfer Portal, @d1baseball has learned. Montgomery was an ultra-talented arm out of HS, but has scuffled during his #Seminoles career thus far. He's draft eligible. https://t.co/eTepH8FGTd— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 5, 2023
Reserve Seminoles that have entered the transfer portal:
- Brett Barfield
- Drake Flowers
- Gunnett Carlson
- Connor Strickland
- Cade Bush
- Anthony Weeden
- Jordan Taylor
- Santiago Ordonez
- Connor Moore
- Brandon Walker
We’ll update this article throughout the offseason as additional announcements take place. As always, credit to Florida State baseball reporter Brett Nevitt for being on top of all the key announcements for the Seminoles.