Mike Martin Jr. picks up 9th out-of-state commit of the offseason

Last season, FSU’s 35-man roster consisted of just 4 out-of-state players, but with a new Martin at the helm, Seminole baseball is expanding its horizon. So far this offseason, the ‘Noles have picked up players from Puerto Rico, Canada, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and now Utah. FSU picked up their 7th 2020 commit of the offseason with lefty Ross Dunn this past Friday. The whole staff has been hot on the recruiting trail and working hard, but you can give the nod to new pitching coach Jim Belanger for this one. Dunn had formerly been committed to Kentucky, where Belanger comes from. The Utah native is the 6th overall pitcher and 4th lefty in the 2020 class.

Dunn is a big power lefty, standing 6’3 and weighing 220 pounds. The lefty comes from Cottonwood high school in Salt Lake City. Ross is mainly fastball-changeup pitcher, but he can also throw in a curve from time-to-time. Dunn’s fastball can reach all the way up to 93 but often sits in the range of 89-91. His changeup often keeps hitters off-balance, as he throws it in the upper 70’s with effective deception. Often Dunn doesn’t even need his low-mid 70’s curveball, but the development of the pitch would make for a very effective 3-pitch mix.

The former Kentucky commit has put on a show at the top events in the nation, earning top prospect list honors and all-tournament teams in 4/6 Perfect Game events he’s been to. Most recently, Dunn was named to the top prospect team at the 2019 National Showcase in June. In his sophomore year, Dunn posted a 2.37 ERA in 41.1 IP for Cottonwood high school. Dunn showcased his power pitching with 53 K’s and allowing just 1 extra-base hit.

The LHP can also hit, as he stands in the RH batter’s box and plays first base. In 2018, Dunn posted a .508 batting average and blasted 8 HR’s in the Utah air. Even though he posted such big numbers, the Utah native projects as an LHP into the next levels. The lefty is rated as the 136th overall prospect in the 2020 class and the 13th best LHP. Dunn is the 2nd overall prospect in Utah.

When Mike Martin Jr. was hired, the 2020 recruiting class was ranked all the way down at No. 28 with just 7 commits. Now the class has 14 commits and is ranked 15th in the nation and 4th in the ACC. The staff has just eaten up this recruiting cycle and they may be in store for one last big weekend. This upcoming weekend will be the last before the Noles’ full team fall practices begin on the 30th of September. I won’t be surprised if we see more than 1 commit added this weekend, specifically to the 2022 class. Keep an eye out for Mike Metcalf’s “Welcome to Tally” tweets.

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