Florida State Baseball announced their starting rotation for the 2015 season on Wednesday. Redshirt junior Mike Compton will move into the Friday role. Compton has seen time as the Saturday and Sunday starter the few seasons, but the opening day start is something special.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” Compton said. “Anytime you’re able to pitch, whatever day it is, you have to take that opportunity and take advantage of it. That opening day decision is something special and something I’m going to wear proudly.”
Pitching coach Mike Bell said that experience played a large role in Compton getting the opening day start.
He was still coming back kind of fresh and new last year off of sitting out his sophomore campaign,” Bell said. “There’s no doubt the starts that he has and what he’s been able to accomplish as a pitcher for us. You know he’s going to be able to command the ball and you know he’s going to be able to play defense. There’s no replacement for that experience.”
Sophomore Boomer Biegalski will step into the Saturday role. Biegalski is a former Chiles prospect from Tallahassee that went to the College of Central Florida for one season before coming back to play at Florida State. Biegalski said it was a dream come true for him to be able to for the Seminoles.
“It has been a dream growing up in Tallahassee,” Beigalski said. “It just feels really good to know that I’m here and to hear the news that I’ll be starting Saturday is exciting.
Freshman Cobi Johnson will get the start in the Sunday role. Johnson’s father was a pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and currently works as a pitching coach for their organization. Coach Bell had some very high praise for the freshman.
“Cobi Johnson comes from a background of pitching and has a knowledge of the game,” Bell said. “He understands how to put away hitters. We like what we’re seeing.”
De La Calle Returns From Injury
Senior catcher Danny De La Calle broke his hand during the offseason pitching soft toss to a friend back in his hometown. He’s returned to his catching duties over the last few weeks, but hadn’t been able to hit until this week. De La Calle says that he feels like his hand is 90 to 95-percent healed and that he’s ready to go.
“I want to be the opening day starter,” De La Calle said. “That’s up to the coaches, but if they decide to put me in I can do the job. They can count on me. I believe I’m ready. Definitely.”
Head Coach Mike Martin did say that he would be getting the start this weekend.
“Danny will play on Friday,” Martin said. “He’s fine. He’s not where he will be with the bat, but he will start on Friday.”
Who’s going to protect DJ?
All American D.J. Stewart returns to Florida State as one of the top hitters in all of college baseball. Stewart will remain in the three hole and the Seminole coaches are still trying to sort out who is going to hit before and after him to make sure he isn’t intentionally walked constantly. Head Coach Mike Martin said he needed another day to figure that out, but did talk about one of the guys he’s considering.
“If you have DJ hitting third and Ben DeLuzio hitting second then DJ’s going to get some fastballs,” Martin said. “They aint going to spend many because that man will steal second base. He’s going to be given the green light and he’s going to run.”
As for who’s going to hit in the cleanup role Martin said he’s got three players in mind, but he’s not ready to make a decision yet.