Jan. 31, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Mike Compton will miss the 2013 season as the sophomore right hander will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his right elbow.
The news comes just over two weeks before the Seminoles open the 2013 campaign on Friday, February 15 with a three-game series against the University of Rhode Island on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
“It was disappointing for all of us to hear the news regarding Mike Compton,” said head coach Mike Martin. “We are hopeful he will be ready to go in 2014. Mike was one of our leaders in the clubhouse and in the classroom as he posted a 3.95 GPA this past fall. He will definitely be missed but we also see this as an opportunity for someone else to step in and fill the No. 2 spot in the rotation.”
The Branson, Mo., native posted a 12-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts in his first season at Florida State in 2012. The right hander made an immediate impact in FSU’s starting rotation earning a spot in the weekend rotation in the series opener against Hofstra. He would maintain that spot in the rotation throughout the Seminoles’ run to the College World Series.
Compton finished the season tied for the second most wins nationally while leading all freshmen in that category. He was the first 10-game winner in the ACC in 2012 and closed out the year as the only player in the league to reach double-digit victories. Compton went on to finish 13th in the ACC in ERA en route to earning second team all-conference honors.
Compton made three starts in the NCAA Tournament and picked up wins against Samford and Stony Brook. In both outings, the Seminole pitcher worked 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs. Compton was the pitcher of record in FSU’s 5-2 victory over Samford to clinch the Tallahassee Regional. He then helped Florida State stave off elimination in Omaha as he led the Seminoles to a 12-2 victory over Stony Brook in the College World Series.
He finished his freshman campaign with 64 strikeouts in 91.0 innings of work while holding opponents to a .260 batting average. Compton allowed two earned runs or less in 16 of his 18 starts, while yielding no runs three times.
A strong freshman year opened the door for high acclaim in 2013 as Compton earned preseason third team All-America nods from both Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Along with sophomore left hander Brandon Leibrandt, Martin is looking at senior Scott Sitz (RHP), junior Peter Miller (RHP) and sophomore Luke Weaver (RHP) as the team’s four starting pitchers at the present time.