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FSU Baseball gets their first 2023 commit

So this Mike Martin Jr. guy, pretty good, huh? Make it 2 days, 2 commits for the ‘Noles now, and this time the first of the 2023 class. Meat guaranteed at his introductory press conference that he would recruit early and often. The whole staff has now taken that challenge and ran with it as Mike Metcalf and Jim Bellanger continue to show why Meat brought them onto his inaugural staff. FSU gets their first 2023 commit in the form of North Carolina native, Justin Best.

Justin Best just began his high school career and already stands 6’2, 172 pounds. Best has quite the impressive frame for a 14-year old and is one of the main reasons he is so highly touted. The NC native has lots of room to grow and that makes him one of the more projectable players in the country. Best is the first player from this past weekend’s Mike Martin Jr. baseball camp. I got to see Best take a couple rounds of BP and I was very impressed by his approach. The 14-year old really likes to drive the ball to center and opposite field.

Another part of Best’s projection is his advanced swing. Obviously, as a 14-year old and freshman in high school, the swing won’t be perfect, but he has good lift and launch angle to drive the ball for power. If he can add some muscle to that frame then he could be a very powerful left-handed bat. Best is currently a primary OF but has also pitched off the mound in travel ball. Right now, he projects as a corner OF, but as he gets older the athleticism could come too, moving him to CF.

Justin has performed at a high level, even before getting to high school. The lefty hitter has been named to 8 PG All-tournament teams since the start of summer ball in 2018 and most recently was named to the 2023 top prospect list. Meat and his staff are just on a roll right now. One of the best 2022 prospects (Nicolas Perez) committed on Monday night and one of the best 2023 prospects on Tuesday night. Fall ball has just started and FSU is already on a roll again. Here are some Q and A’s with Best.

Q: Where and when did the coaching staff first approach you?

A: At the Perfect Game 14u World Series.

Q: What made you want to commit to Florida State and Mike Martin Jr?

A: The coaches are amazing and the campus is beautiful.

Q: You’re from North Carolina, was FSU always a dream school or were schools like UNC or Duke the premier destination?

A: FSU has always been a dream school.

Q: What part of your game do you think you need to work on the most?

A: I just need to get stronger.

Q: What did you think of the Mike Martin Jr. Camp this past weekend?

A: The camp was a blast and meeting the coaches was great.


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