New FSU baseball coach Link Jarrett has hit the ground running in Tallahassee. He has his staff assembled, and they’ve gotten production on the recruiting trails.
They landed their first 2023 commitment a couple of days ago in former Notre Dame commit Brady Louck.
They added a quality bat last month from the transfer portal and a left-handed pitcher from Wake Forest Monday night.
Redshirt senior Brennen Oxford announced his commitment to the Noles via his Twitter account:
Oxford originally hails from New Hampshire and signed with Wake Forest out of high school and redshirt in 2019. He should have two years of eligibility left with the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
Oxford was a reliever for the Demon Deacons, making 42 appearances and pitching 40 innings. He had 46 strikeouts and 40 walks, with the latter being way too many walks in 40 innings.
He’ll likely be a specialist in lefty-on-lefty matchups as the Noles only have one lefty in the bullpen with any experience in Andrew Armstrong, and he only pitched 12.1 innings last season. FSU pitching coach Chuck Ristano helped Notre Dame limit the number of free passes, and that’s something he’ll need to emphasize with Oxford if he’s going to be effective out of the bullpen.
Oxford is pitching in the Summer Cape League and seems to have fixed whatever issues plagued him at Wake Forest. He’s pitched 26 innings and has 33 strikeouts against nine walks. However, we’ve seen some FSU pitchers tear it up in the summer leagues only to not have the same dominance when it comes to ACC play.
Either way, Oxford has talent with a low 90’s mph fastball and slider. That’s more than enough to get left-handed batters out if he can find the strike zone consistently at FSU. Welcome to Nolenation Brennen Oxford!