TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Catcher Mat Nelson continues to rack up postseason recognition after a breakout 2021 season for the Seminoles. The Largo, Florida, native led the Florida State offense all season, slashing .330/.436/.773 with 23 home runs, the most in the country. Nelson led FSU with 17 doubles, 64 hits, 66 RBI (most in the ACC) and was second on the team with four stolen bases and 31 walks.
Among Nelson’s accolades are: Perfect Game/Rawlings Player of the Year • Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC • NCBWA District Player of the Year and First Team All-American • Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball & Perfect Game/Rawlings First Team All-American • ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region • Finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (best all-around player) and Buster Posey Award (best catcher) • Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (best all-around player) • No. 54 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects
Behind the plate, Nelson threw out 16 would-be basestealers and was FSU’s defensive leader all season. He led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for the 43rd consecutive season, one shy of the all-time record for consecutive postseason appearances.
Nelson was the eighth Seminole, and first since DJ Stewart in 2014, to win ACC Player of the Year. His 23 home runs this season were the most for a Nole since Buster Posey, the only other FSU catcher to win Player of the Year, had 26 in 2008.
Starting pitcher Parker Messick finished 2021 8-2 with a 3.10 earned run average and 126 strikeouts over 90.0 innings pitched. The redshirt freshman from Plant City, Florida, made 16 starts and opponents hit just .234 against the left-hander. Messick had 11 consecutive starts in the middle of the season with at least 5.0 innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed.
Among Messick’s recognition are: ACC Pitcher & Freshman of the Year and First Team All-ACC and All-ACC Freshman Team • NCBWA, Perfect Game/Rawlings & Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American • NCBWA Second Team Freshman All-American • ABCA/Rawlings Third Team All-Region • Semifinalist for the John Olerud Award (best two-way player)
Messick will pitch this summer for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will feature 48 players in 2021. The Collegiate team will be split into two teams, the Stars and Stripes, and will go head-to-head in 11 games beginning on July 2. Ten of the team’s 11 games will be played in the cities of the Appalachian League, which is in its first season as a summer collegiate league as part of MLB and USA Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline. The Collegiate National Team will also play a game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, on July 4, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The game will be streamed on USABaseball.com and on USA Baseball’s Facebook and YouTube channels. For a complete schedule, visit USABaseball.com. Fans are encouraged to follow @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for all the latest news and information on the Collegiate National Team this summer.
Messick is the 27th Seminole to pitch for the Collegiate National Team.
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