Martin Jr. Named Rising Assistant
The Seminole assistant coach works with the hitters, oversees the catchers and serves as recruiting coordinator.
Credit: Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Mike Martin Jr. was named one of 10 rising assistant coaches in college baseball following the conclusion of the 2013 season as announced by Perfect Game USA.
Martin Jr. just completed his 16th season as an assistant coach at Florida State and is widely recognized as one of the bright young minds in the game. The former Seminole All-American serves as FSU’s third base coach while working with the hitters and overseeing the catchers. He assumed the role of recruiting coordinator at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
The Seminoles finished the 2013 season ranked in the top 25 nationally in eight offensive categories including walks (3rd), doubles (3rd), on-base percentage (5th), doubles per game (7th), hit-by-pitches (8th), runs (11th), scoring (22nd) and sac-flies (24th). Florida State closed out the 2013 season with six players hitting over .275 including three over .300. The Seminoles finished with a .287 team batting average.
One of the biggest surprises from the 2013 season came from junior catcher Stephen McGee, who had a breakout year both offensively and defensively before foregoing his senior year to pursue a career at the major league level. McGee finished the 2013 season posting single-season career-highs in hits (59), runs (50), doubles (16), home runs (9) and RBI (52). The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native hit .286 on the year with a team-high 55 walks as he started all 64 games. Defensively, McGee threw out 33.3 percent of would-be base stealers while posting a .990 fielding percentage. McGee was the first Florida State player drafted in 2013 selected in the ninth round by the LA Angels.
Under Martin Jr.’s 16-year guidance, the Seminoles have batted .311, slugged .488 and averaged 8.05 runs per game. Florida State has also played in six College World Series, 13 Super Regionals, 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and won 74 percent of its games with Martin Jr. on staff.
Mike Bell also honored by Perfect Game
After being named the top assistant coach of 2012 by Perfect Game USA, Florida State associate head coach Mike Bell was featured by Perfect Game once again as one of 16 ‘Best of the Rest’ assistant coaches in 2013.
Bell led the Seminole pitching staff to its lowest ERA since 1995 and the third lowest in the Martin era. Seminole pitchers compiled a 2.92 ERA in 567.2 innings of work in 2013 recording 501 strikeouts.