Florida State's J.D. Drew has been elected to the 2016 College Baseball Hall of Fame. Drew is one of the most prolific hitters in college baseball history, and was an excellent fielder during his time as a Seminole.
Drew had arguably the best season in college baseball history in 1997 when he became the only player in NCAA Division I history to have 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season. He batted .455 and came through with a triple-triple. He had 106 hits, 110 runs scored, and 100 RBIs that year. He posted an incredible .604 on base percentage. He made only 1 error all season.
He was named a two-time consensus All-American in 1996 and 1997. In 1997 he was named Player of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, and Sporting News. He was also the ACC Player of the Year.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin Sr. had all the praise for Drew.
“What a tremendous honor for a great Seminole and clearly a fantastic baseball player,” said Mike Martin to Seminoles.com. “Obviously, he was one of the best in the history of our program and that is saying something. I don’t toss this description around lightly, but J.D. Drew was a game changer. I’m so happy for him and his family and I’m proud that he represents Florida State baseball.”
Drew was drafted fifth overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, and played 14 years in the Majors.