Draft notes: FSU commit Baumeister passing up MLB

Day 2 of the MLB Draft brought some welcome news as right-hander/catcher Jackson Baumeister announced he would be playing at Florida State and not pursuing a pro baseball career.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Baumeister was considered one of the top 50 players in the nation.

“I would like to thank all of the MLB organizations that showed interest in me this draft year, and with that being said I am overjoyed to honor my commitment to THE Florida State University! Go Noles!” Baumeister posted on Twitter.

FSU will likely be losing another of its top prep commitments as the Seattle Mariners picked shortstop Edwin Arroyo with the No. 48 overall pick. Arroyo is from Puerto Rico but played at Kissimmee (Fla.) Central Pointe Christian.

Robby Martin, Hunter Perdue picked

FSU outfielder Robby Martin and pitcher Hunter Perdue were drafted Monday on Day 2 of the MLB Draft. Martin was selected in the eighth round (230th overall) by the Colorado Rockies, while Perdue was taken in the 10th round (299th overall) by the Miami Marlins.

Martin hit .260 with 51 RBI and helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the 43rd consecutive season. In what Baseball America dubbed ‘the best week of any team’ in 2021, Martin was named the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week as FSU swept four games against No. 5 Florida and No. 6 Miami. Martin was 11-for-20 on the week with three doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and nine runs scored. Over his three-year career, Martin hit .293 over 134 games, with 128 starts.

Perdue missed the 2020 season while recovering from an injury and made his Seminole debut in 2021. The redshirt junior made 20 appearances out of the bullpen, finishing with a 3.27 ERA. With a fastball that touches 98, he struck out 28 batters in 22 innings and earned his only win against UCF on March 24. He threw a career-high 3.0 innings at Georgia Tech in late April without allowing a hit or a run.

The draft concludes with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.

Reds on Nelson

The Cincinnati Reds selected FSU catcher Matheu Nelson with the 35th overall pick (in a compensatory round) on Sunday night. Brad Meador, the Reds’ director of amateur scouting, praised Nelson when asked about the selection.

“He’s a really good defensive catcher,” Meador said, via MLB.com. “He improved offensively this year, he has really good power and another guy who anyone you talk to will tell you how good of a makeup player he is in college, how tough a kid he is. All the intangibles that go with the position that you’re looking for, he has.”