Top 25 Breakdown: No. 12 Florida StateSeason Preview
2019 Record: 42-23. RPI: 50.
Coach (Record at school): Mike Martin Jr. (first year).
Ballpark: Dick Howser Stadium (Capacity: 6,700).
Postseason History: 57 regionals (active streak: 42), 23 CWS trips (active streak: 1), 0 national titles.
More: Fall Report on Florida State.
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Florida State's Projected Lineup
|C||Matheu Nelson, So.||.282/.442/.442||6||29||4|
|1B||Carter Smith, Sr.||.245/.360/.362||2||10||0|
|2B||Jackson Greene, Jr.||Tr. — Dothan Wallace (Ala.) CC|
|3B||Cooper Swanson, Jr.||.159/.362/.409||7||14||4|
|SS||Nander De Sedas, So.||.231/.353/.337||4||32||3|
|LF||Elijah Cabell, So.||.220/.404/.415||7||25||9|
|CF||Reese Albert, Jr.||.283/.390/.518||9||35||2|
|RF||Robby Martin, So.||.315/.398/.449||4||54||2|
|DH||Tyrell Brewer, Fr.||HS — Orlando|
|SP #1||CJ Van Eyk, Jr.||10-4||3.81||99.1||129||41||0|
|SP #2||Shane Drohan, Jr.||3-1||3.66||51.2||71||48||0|
|SP #3||Conor Grady, Jr.||9-6||3.64||64.1||71||26||0|
|Closer||Davis Hare, Jr.||Tr. — Dothan Wallace (Ala.) CC|
Grading The Seminoles
Just as scouts grade prospects using the 20-80 scouting scale, we use a 20-80 scale to evaluate teams in our top 25. A score of 50 in each category is average, relative to a typical NCAA tournament team; 55 is slightly above-average; 60 is above-average (plus); 70 is well above-average (plus-plus); 80 is top of the scale, historically strong. Accordingly, 45 is fringe-average or slightly below-average; 40 is below-average; 30 is well below-average; and 20 is the extreme in that direction.
Florida State’s offense was uncharacteristically mediocre last year, ranking 11th in the ACC in batting and seventh in scoring — but they still ranked fourth in the nation in walks and 29th in OBP, as the tried-and-true Seminole plate discipline remained intact. The ‘Noles have ranked among the national leaders in walks for decades, and they surely will again in 2020. Leading hitter Mike Salvatore, top slugger Drew Mendoza and power/speed threat J.C. Flowers are gone, but FSU still has a very talented nucleus to build the lineup around, headlined by potential All-American Reese Albert, whose pretty lefthanded stroke, all-fields approach and all-around tool set make him a likely Day One draft pick next June. …