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FSU baseball uses pitching depth to prepare for unexpected adversity

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:39:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With February just a few days away, it’s time to get ready for baseball season, and Florida State fans should be very excited about what they can expect to see from this year’s team.

The Noles began official team practices Friday afternoon, with a focus on getting guys up to speed and conditioned to where they need to be on opening day.

It’ll also allow the coaching staff to build up their bullpen and starting pitching rotation.

With so many unknowns that could spawn this season due to COVID-19 related issues, head coach Mike Martin Jr. and his staff feel they’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure the program is equipped to handle any sudden changes.

Junior said his guys will be put in the best situation to overcome any adversity as they hope to make another run to Omaha this season.

“That’s what we’re doing, we generally build up five and you’ll find your four out of that. But we’re building up eight this year. We have to because you never know what’s going to happen," said Martin Jr. "Thank goodness it’s a year where we have depth, we have guys that can do it. That’s the plan to build them all up, if we need to shift gears and take someone and make them a closer, it’s a lot easier to do that than it is to all of a sudden, 'oh no we need a starter, let’s build him up.'”

FSU opens up their 2021 campaign at home on Feb. 19, against North Florida.