Florida State’s rotation is settled. Mike Martin Jr. will also lean on veterans at the corner infield spots. And Martin Jr.’s son, Tyler, will be atop the lineup, too.
True freshman Tyler Martin, a freshman infielder who is battling a shoulder injury, will lead off as the designated hitter when FSU opens the 2020 season on Friday.
“He’s done a really good job,” Martin Jr. said. “His swing-and-miss rate is by far the lowest on the team. He’s got that knack of getting things going, of getting on base.”
Martin Jr. said he has set the top of FSU’s lineup after Tyler Martin. Catcher Matheu Nelson will hit second, followed by outfielders Reese Albert, Elijah Cabell and Robby Martin.
Cooper Swanson will start the season at third base, while Carter Smith is at first. Junior-college transfer Jackson Greene will start at second with Nander de Sedas entrenched at shortstop.
The rotation will feature junior right-hander CJ Van Eyk (10-4, 3.81 ERA) on Friday, followed by junior left-hander Shane Drohan (3-1, 3.66 ERA) and junior right-hander Conor Grady (9-6, 3.64 ERA).
Van Eyk was named to the Golden Spikes’ preseason watch list. He is one of 55 Division I players to be honored.
Martin Jr. feels he has options at closer, although freshman left-hander Bryce Hubbart will begin the season in that role. Right-handers Davis Hare, Dylan Simmons and Tyler Ahearn could also get a look in the closer role, Martin Jr. said.