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Takeaways: FSU wraps up fall ball

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Florida State wrapped up its fall baseball season on Thursday with the annual Garnet and Gold game at Dick Howser Stadium. The Garnet defeated Gold 8-5 on the afternoon in a nine-inning scrimmage that had some flexibility for coaching decisions and in-game alterations. Due to NCAA practice time rules, the game was only allowed to be three hours long. In the top of the ninth inning the Gold squad had the bases loaded in a 5-5 game, but for the sake of time, coach Mike Martin Jr. gave the gold squad three runs and switched the half inning. Here are three takeaways from the competitive match:

Plenty of pop

Reese Albert and Casey Asman both hit home runs to right field off Garrett Mathes for the Gold squad. Albert’s was a moonshot that he just got over the fence, but Asman’s was a scorching line-drive shot. 

Albert has had an incredible fall camp, hitting nearly double-digit home runs in the scrimmages the last few weeks. There’s no doubt he’s always been talented and has shown flashes of brilliance in his career. A great freshman season and a memorable 2019 postseason indicated the outfielder could be a star in Tallahassee. He played through a torn labrum nearly his entire 2019 run, an admirable feat that set him back a while and contributed to a slow start to 2020 as he got his rhythm back. He hit three home runs the final week of the season before COVID-19 shut the world down. He’s back to full health and has a chance to be an ACC Player of the Year, All-American type for the Noles in the spring.

Asman is an interesting development. Talented out of high school, the freshman has turned some heads this fall. Bat speed is plus, his speed on the base paths is also a plus. He has to battle guys like Dylan Simmons to get a chance to play, but he’s played well enough to keep an eye on when winter practices start in 2021. He may force his way into the lineup somewhere. It’s a pretty left-handed swing.

Newcomer to watch

Vince Smith led off for the Gold team and had three hits, with a couple of extra base knocks included. 

His ability to swing the stick is impressive and he looks comfortable at the plate at such a young age. The freshmen has a chance to work his way into the lineup this spring, especially with a battle brewing between him, Tyler Martin and Jackson Greene for second base.

Talented, deep pitching staff

Even after losing C.J. Van Eyk and Shane Drohan, FSU’s pitching staff has a chance to be special — talent and depth. The competition will be fun to watch.

From starting pitching options to bullpen versatility, this has a chance to be the best overall pitching staff FSU has had in nearly 20 years. Multiple arms can reach into the mid-90s with the fastball. Carson Montgomery hit 97 MPH, while Hunter Perdue, Tyler Ahearn and Doug Kirkland hit 96 MPH. A few others were 93-95 MPH on the afternoon. There are power arms, guys with pitch-ability, situational guys, etc. This staff is incredibly deep on paper and it’s starting to compete with the nation’s elite programs in terms of talent.  

Sunday Golds podcast

The Osceola’s Ariya Massoudi and Tomahawk Nation’s Brett Nevitt have teamed up to create the first Florida State Baseball podcast. “Sunday Golds” goes in depth to break down the Seminoles on the diamond, with interviews of players and coaches joining the show. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Soundcloud, among other podcast hosting apps.

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(photo by Larry Novey / FSU athletics)