Early Evaluations: Baseball Through Two Weeks

Wayne McGahee evaluates FSU's performance through the first two weeks.

Florida State has wrapped up their first two weeks of the season undefeated after series wins against Niagara and Georgia, as well as a mid-week win over Jacksonville. Here is how I would rate the Seminoles performances so far.


The 7-8-9 hitters: Sansone, DeLuzio, and De La Calle have been an important part of the 6-0 start for Florida State. They have combined for 20 RBIs through six games on 17 hits and 14 walks. All three have been outstanding in the field as well. DeLuzio has also stole three bases.

Jameis Winston: Winston has pitched four shutout innings through three appearances with 3 strikeouts. He has given up only 1 hit and has not issued a walk. He has one save so far this season.

D.J. Stewart: Stewart was named to multiple preseason All-America teams and it is easy to see why. He is currently batting .474 with 5 RBIs and 9 walks. He had a towering two-run homerun in the second game vs. Georgia. He has scored 10 runs through six games.

Gage Smith: Mr. Reliable Gage Smith has pitched 7.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief. He picked up the win in game two against Georgia. He has given up 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 5 strikeouts. His sidearm delivery is extremely hard to pick up and has given opposing batters fits so far this season.


Justin Gonzalez: After missing all but the first five games last year Gonzalez has started off hot in 2014. He is currently posting a .613 on base percentage and is leading the team in walks with 11. He has also been excellent in the field.

Billy Strode: Strode gave up two runs in a relief appearance on opening day, but in his last two appearances he has been excellent. He has struck out 8 batters in his last 3.1 innings and allowed 0 runs.


Weekend Starting Pitchers: Florida State has gotten at least five innings from Weaver, Liebrandt, and Compton. Through five outings they have only given up six runs combined and have struck out 22 batters while only walking 8.


John Nogowski: Nogo has been a rock at first base. He has a perfect fielding percentage through 6 games. At the plate he has 4 hits and 6 walks to go with 6 RBIs.


Brett Knief and Josh Delph: These two have been alternating between right field and designated hitter and have both done a good job at the plate. Knief has 7 hits and 7 RBIs hitting in the cleanup spot. Delph has 6 hits and 3 RBIs in the leadoff spot.


The Rest of the Bullpen: Outside of Strode, Smith, and Winston Florida State has used six other relievers. There have been some struggles here specifically with the young guys of Burkhead and Blatch. Getting them out there early was a goal of coach Martin to see how they would react. Florida State will need one or two of these guys to step up if they want to compete in the long run.


Jose Brizuela: Brizuela has struggled in the field so far this season with his team high 3 errors. If this continues Florida State may have to look at Casey Smit at the third base position.


Peter Miller: His start against Jacksonville was not the way the senior pitcher wanted to get the season started. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and three walks through two innings before Martin had to pull him. The Jacksonville hitters absolutely had a field day with him on the mound. Florida State will need him to be ready and show much more than he did in his first start if the Seminoles want to make some noise in the post season.

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