Why You Should Listen : Mike Martin Jr discusses the upcoming 2014 season including the depth of the pitching staff and how it compares to previous staffs FSU has had. Martin also discusses the role of Jameis Winston will have this season and what it is like to coach a Heisman Trophy winner and how that will effect the team this season with more attention being paid to Winston and to the team this year coming from the non College Baseball fan. Martin discusses how they are preparing for the extra attention that will come with Winston. Martin also talks about how good of a hitter DJ Stewart is and who will hit around Stewart? Martin also talks about what will be the keys to the season and breaks down the schedule and more.
Florida State Asst Head Coach Mike Martin Jr :
Florida State has four very experienced, accomplished, reliable starters that may be among the best in College Baseball, led by a bona fide ace in junior Luke Weaver. Weaver will get the ball on the season opening night (Feb 14) against Niagara has a chance to be drafted in the top half of the first round of the MLB Draft coming up later in the year. Brandon Leibrandt who is the son of former MLB pitcher Charlie Liebrandt will be on the weekend rotation as well as is Mike Compton who returns to the rotation after missing last year with having Tommy John surgery. Senior Peter Miller will start the year starting in the midweeks as a number 4 starter.
As Mike Martin Jr said, Jameis Winston is the favorite to be the new closer. Winston according to Baseball America has good sink and arm-side run on an 87-91 fastball that touches higher, good feel for his slider and an occasional changeup. Winston had an era of 3.00 with 21 strikesouts in 27 innings pitched in his freshman season. Winston also will still play RF and DH this season as Winston is a switch hitter who hit 235 last year and has no restrictions on playing time according to Martin.
Jameis Winston talking FSU Baseball 2014 season courtesy of Seminoles.com
Notable dates for a chance to see Winston and the Seminoles during season will include hosting the Miami Hurricanes on weekend of February 28- March 2 in a series that will not count towards the ACC Standings. FSU travels to Tampa on March 4 and 5 to take on USF. The Noles will play in Orlando against UCF on March 11-12. Winston and the Noles will return to Central Florida on May 6th when the Noles take on Stetson in Deland.
Seminoles Head Coach Mike Martin on the 2014 season courtesy of Seminoles.com
2014 Projected Lineup
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