Lineup Breakdown: Florida StateAnalysis
Editor’s Note: D1Baseball intern Thomas Woodrey is plenty familiar with Florida State’s fearsome lineup, as he faced the Seminoles repeatedly during his four-year career as a pitcher at Miami. Now he’s in graduate school at FSU, giving him plenty of time to bear down on the Seminoles from the stands. He offers his early-season thoughts on FSU’s explosive lineup below.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This past week offered a glimpse of how great Florida State’s lineup could be as the Seminoles enter ACC play this weekend against Boston College. The Seminoles lineup features six regulars back from a team that slashed .294/.404/.450 a year ago. Its only big loss came in the form of departing senior John Sansone, who held down the hot corner and a spot in the middle of the lineup in 2016. Fortunately, his departure made way for a couple of exciting young players.
At a storied program like Florida State, it’s not uncommon to see a team strung together on any given year that boasts extreme speed, power or consistency. On the other hand, finding a lineup that possesses all three is quite rare. The Seminoles are averaging 9.4 runs per game thus far (11th in the country), and after back-to-back weeks of strong offensive outputs, FSU is living up to its preseason billing as one of college baseball’s most explosive lineups — especially when blue-chip freshman infielder Drew Mendoza returns from his broken thumb.
The 11-2 Seminoles scored 44 runs in a three-game sweep of overmatched Oakland last weekend, then scored 10 runs in a two-game midweek sweep of upstart UCF. Here’s a breakdown of the FSU lineup after watching most of its early-season games.
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