FSU Summer Ball Roundup

The Noles didn’t have many guys on the summer ball scene this year, but a lot of that had to do with load management. Guys like CJ Van Eyk and Conor Grady threw the most they ever had in their careers while Reese Albert was recovering from a shoulder surgery that was long overdue. Jonah Scolaro was the only upperclassmen that really made an impact this summer, while Cooper Swanson and Shane Drohan only appeared in a couple of games in the Cape before returning home. But a few of FSU’s rising sophomores had an impact in summer ball, here’s how the Noles fared.

Nander De Sedas, NECBL: .248 AVG/5 HR’s/19 RBI’s

They aren’t the flashiest numbers, but it was an extremely productive summer for the rising sophomore. Nander saw almost all of his numbers rise from his regular season, including hitting 1 more HR in the summer than the regular season in 61 less at-bats. His K% went down while the BB% went up. De Sedas put up 15 XBH’s (8 2B’s, 1 3B, and 5 HR’s) in the summer and ended the summer on quite a hot streak. De Sedas was a large reason the Martha Vineyard Sharks reached the NECBL Finals, driving in 4 runs during the playoffs and smashing 2 HRs. Nander moved back to SS for the summer where he put up a .916 FLD%. De Sedas will be the primary SS for the Noles this season and a lot of FSU’s success will rely on his defensive ability. After recently becoming a 2020 draft eligible prospect, due to a date change for the draft, De Sedas really helped his draft stock this summer, showing out with the wood bat.

Cade Hungate, VBL: .189 AVG/1 HR/4 RBI’s

Hungate was primarily a pitcher last year, coming out of the Noles’ pen, but it looks like Jr. and staff may let Hungate move back to the field in 2020. Hungate came into FSU as the 16th rated 3B in the nation, but with Drew Mendoza holding down the hot corner and a 94 mph fastball in his tank, the freshman was moved to the mound. After 2019 saw FSU struggle all season with the 1B position, Hungate may be given a chance to resurrect the position. Hungate played 8 games at 1st base while DH’ing 6 others. Cade showed good plate discipline at the plate, walking in 20% of his PA’s but also showed a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, K’ing 15 times in 14 games. Hungate did throw 1 inning on the mound, working a 1-2-3 inning. FSU will have to have better production at the 1B position next year and the Noles are quite deep in the pen, so why not try Cade at 1st?

Mat Nelson, CCBL: .170 AVG/1 HR/2 RBI’s

Obviously the numbers aren’t pretty, but they never translate to a players’ success in the upcoming college season. This stands for all of FSU’s rising sophomores, they’ve never played so many games in their career and then they have to move to somewhere they may have never been before and change from metal bats to wood bats, so you can’t expect much. But there are positives that come out of it. Nelly got to play under coach Jeff Trundy, one of the most respected coaches in the Cape Cod League, and played with some of the best players in the country. Nelson got to see what it takes to be a successful college player. Nelly also got to catch some of the best pitchers in the country behind the plate for 12 games, which can only benefit the catcher. Just like Nander, Mat will be eligible for next year’s draft and could be one of the more intriguing catching prospects in the nation.

Robby Martin, CCBL: .167 AVG

After a huge freshman year, Martin struggled on the cape just like Nelson. Martin didn’t have much luck in the cape, barely hitting over .25o on balls in play, but the sophomore did get lots of experience in the OF. Martin will likely have to play in the OF after the transfer of Alec Sanchez and JC Flowers signing with the Pirates after the MLB Draft. Robby played 8 games in both LF and RF, but I’d expect him to primarily play RF at Dick Howser Stadium this year, as there isn’t much ground to cover with the big RF fence, compared to the large LF which the more athletic Elijah Cabell will likely cover. Martin was on the CCBL Championship team, Cotuit Kettleers, so he knows what it takes to be successful and win a championship, just as he won a state title in his senior year of high school.

Jonah Scolaro, CCBL: 6.75 ERA/10.2 IP/18 K’s

After a very impressive freshman season, Scolaro had an up-and-down sophomore campaign but ended it with a very impressive showing Omaha. Besides one rough outing, it was a really good summer in the cape for Sco. If you take out one 4 run outing for the lefty, Sco had a 4.3 ERA in 8.2 innings. He continued to dominate with strikeouts, striking out 15.8 hitters per 9 but walks also continued to bite him, walking 8 throughout his outings. Scolaro will likely be used heavily out of the FSU pen next year as one of the top options at the end of the game.

Chris Ruckdeschel, SFCBL: 4.22 ERA/32 IP/30 K’s

Ruckdeschel may not be a name you recognize, as he was redshirted last year and didn’t see any action, but he will likely be FSU’s only redshirt freshman in 2020. The rest of FSU’s redshirts are transferring or done with baseball. Ruck put up a pretty big workload in the summer, throwing the most innings of any FSU pitcher. Ruck displayed a sinking fastball in the low 90’s which topped out at 92. He also featured a biting slider that could be a plus pitch. The redshirt freshman will likely see innings out of the FSU pen in 2o2o.

Jack Anderson, CLPB: 5.40 ERA/15 IP/26 K’s

Anderson had an up-and-down summer, allowing 1 or 0 runs in 4 of his 6 appearances but also allowing 4 runs each in the other 2. The righty did show off his swing-and-miss ability this summer, putting up a K/9 of 15.6 while only walking 6. Command isn’t an issue for Anderson, his development will come in getting the ball off the middle of the plate and sharpening up his curveball, a pitch he’s worked with different grips this summer. Anderson was FSU’s highest-rated pitcher in the 2018 class and could be a large factor in the bullpen or as a midweek starter in 2020 if he continues to develop and add strength to his stature.

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