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3 days, 3 commits for FSU Baseball

The train just keeps rolling for the ‘Noles, this time picking up their 6th commit of the 2020 class. Meat had talked of how he wanted to get out early in recruiting this summer, but the main focus had to be on the 2020 class, as it was barely in the top 30 of the nation with 7 commits coming into the summer. Now, the ‘Noles have 13 commits in the class and are working their way to a top 20 finish according to Perfect Game. Monday’s pickup was the 3rd in as many days, after FSU picked up Najer Victor on Saturday and Gunnett Carlson on Sunday. The staff goes back to picking up projectable RHP’s, this time in the form of Gavin Smith.

Smith is a lean, 6’0, 185-pound RHP. The righty runs his FB up to 90 and sits in the upper 80’s with some good sinking movement on the fastball. He pairs the fastball with a nasty slider that ranges from 75-77, with late biting action. He can also drop in a change-up from time-to-time. His delivery is very simple and slow, which keeps him composed as he delivers the ball to home. He creates power to the zone with a quick twitch of the hips and a quick arm action. There’s really a lot to like in his stuff, as his slider is already a plus pitch, and the fastball has lots of deception on it.

Smith comes from Cooper City, FL and goes to the prestigious high school, American Heritage. Gavin broke out last year, putting up career highs in every area. American Heritage could count on him every time he took the mound, as he was 5-0 on the season. Smith also put up a K/7 (high school baseball is 7 innings) of 8.35 in 8 appearances. Often players from American Heritage have gone to Miami, so it’s good to see Jr. picking up some talent from the South Florida school.

Smith will be a really interesting guy to follow as he progresses, as he already has the stuff to get outs, but he also has lots of room to go. If he can bulk up, you’re looking at a fairly easy delivery which could equate to regular sitting in the low 90’s with a FB which has a good amount of movement. Not to mention his slider is probably his best pitch and he already has the ability to throw it for strikes and as a strikeout pitch. The ceiling is quite high for Smith, as FSU continues to pickup projectable pitchers with very high ceiling.

Will there ever be a day Mike Martin Jr. doesn’t pick up a commit?


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