Notes: Messick to pitch for U.S. collegiate team, Nelson honored by Perfect Game

Parker Messick enjoyed a consistently good 2021 season on the mound for Florida State. Now he will compete alongside some of college baseball’s best players this summer.

The ACC pitcher and freshman of the year will compete with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which will play 11 games beginning on July 2. The 48-player squad will be split into two teams, Stars and Stripes.

Ten of the team’s 11 games will be played in the cities of the Appalachian League, which is in its first season as a summer collegiate league as part of MLB and USA Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline. The Collegiate National Team will also play a game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., on July 4, at 1:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on USABaseball.com and on USA Baseball’s Facebook and YouTube channels. For a complete schedule, visit USABaseball.com.

Messick went 8-2 with a 3.10 ERA. He had 126 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 90 innings. In 13 of his 16 starts, he allowed two or fewer earned runs. Messick was also named a third-team All-American by the baseball writers and Collegiate Baseball. He was a semifinalist for the John Olerud Award, which is presented to the best two-way player.

A large number of FSU players will also participate in the Cape Cod League this summer.

Nelson named Perfect Game player of year

Catcher Matheu Nelson was named the Perfect Game player of the year on Friday. Nelson led FSU with a .330 batting average, 23 home runs and 66 RBI. The ACC player of the year also scored 50 runs and had a .436 on-base percentage. The redshirt sophomore will likely be a top pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, which begins on July 11.

Perfect Game wrote: “Those with knowledge of the Seminoles’ baseball program would argue that this wasn’t a shock as Nelson is one of the hardest working athletes in the country. His power has blossomed in a massive way and made him the most dangerous hitter in the ACC thanks to a ruthless approach, ambush mentality, and the combination of hit tool and power to rival any other in the conference. Nelson has re-worked his entire profile to become a potential first-round pick in large part due to the resume that he has put forth. With a slugging percentage in the top-five nationally, Nelson finished with a .330/.436/.773 slash line, 23 home runs, and a reputation as one of the best power hitters, let alone catchers, in the entire country.”

Among Nelson’s honors:

Perfect Game player of the year

ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC

NCBWA District Player of the Year and First Team All-American

Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American

ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region

Finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (best all-around player)

Finalist for Buster Posey Award (best catcher)

Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (best all-around player)

No. 54 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects