It’ll be the third year at the helm for Mike Martin Jr. as he looks to continue the success his father had for over 40 years in Tallahassee.
The Noles finished the 2021 season with a (31-24, 20-16 ACC) record with eight losses by one run. However, they swept Miami in the season series and defeated them in the ACC Tournament. They split the season series with the Florida Gators, with the loss by one run in extra innings.
FSU pitching carried last year’s team with the offense hit or miss behind the production of Matheu Nelson, Robby Martin, and Elijah Cabell. All three of those players are playing minor league baseball now.
Here are three things the Noles must improve upon if they wish to compete for ACC and National Titles:
- Fielding/Defense-As a former pitcher, nothing is more frustrating than humming along only to have your defense commit an error. The Noles have been awful in recent years and last year had a fielding percentage of .968, which was an improvement over the 2020 season. However, 65 errors in 55 games aren’t going to cut it if they plan to play at a higher level. Teams can’t afford to give good teams extra outs no matter how good your stable of pitchers.
- Too Many Strikeouts-FSU batters do a good job of getting on base with an on-base percentage of .417. However, they struck out 32.2 percent of the time(599 of 1,860). That’s too many strikeouts for a team with only four guys that had 11+ home runs. An incredible 19 percent of the strikeouts came from Nander de Sedas and Jackson Greene, both batted below .200 last season. They need to put the ball in play and put more pressure on opposing defenses instead of swinging through fastballs right down the middle.
- Beat Teams, They Should Beat-FSU lost several games they had no business losing last season. They should not lose to North Florida, Jacksonville, Troy, Florida Gulf Coast, and Duke.
These issues have persisted the last few years, so I’m not sure if the 2022 season will be any different.
FSU baseball will have the pitching to compete with almost anyone, but will they have the offense? They lost a ton of offensive production from last year’s squad and will have several new faces in the lineup.