Mike Martin, Jr. enters his second season as the Florida State baseball head coach in 2021, following a 12-5 record in his first season. Shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seminoles ended Martin’s inaugural campaign with three straight wins, including a road shutout at No. 1 Florida.
In Martin’s first year as head coach, the Seminoles had one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, finishing third by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.
In 2020, Florida State finished second in the country with 43 hit by pitches and third nationally with 116 walks. Martin’s pitching staff proved to be one of the nation’s elite as well, ranking fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (12.1) and in the Top 20 in earned run average (2.50) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.27).
Behind its hit by pitch and walk totals, the Noles ranked 17th in on-base percentage (.415) and runs scored (135, 7.94 per game).
Martin helped oversee the growth of a handful of players, including sophomore outfielder Elijah Cabell, who finished in the Top 10 in the country in home runs (eighth) and RBI (fourth) while leading the NCAA with 15 hit by pitches.
Senior pitcher Chase Haney led the country with 12 appearances and led FSU with three wins. Antonio Velez was in the Top 25 in WHIP (10th), hits allowed per nine innings (17th) and ERA (22nd). Velez and freshman pitcher Parker Messick combined to allow just three hits in FSU’s 2-0 win at No. 1 Florida on March 10.
Martin was elevated to head coach on June 21, 2019, after 22 years as a Seminole assistant coach at his alma mater. Focusing on hitting and recruiting, the former All-American catcher for the Seminoles compiled eight straight Top 10 recruiting classes from 2011-2018, while his offenses had a combined .300 batting average in his tenure.
As an assistant coach, Martin and Florida State made the postseason and won at least 40 games every year, with eight College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA super regionals and six Atlantic Coast Conference titles. He coached 17 Major Leaguers, 16 freshman All-Americans, 21 first-team All-Americans and 41 student-athletes who have earned first, second or third team All-America accolades. In all, 77 Seminoles earned All-ACC honors and 65 hitters have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft during that stretch.
Martin coached four Seminole hitters that captured National Player of the Year honors – Shane Robinson, Tony Thomas, Buster Posey and James Ramsey.
Prior to joining Florida State’s staff, Martin was FSU’s starting catcher from 1993-95, leading FSU to the College World Series in 1994 and 1995. He was drafted out of college by San Diego in the ninth round in 1995. Before coming to Florida State, Martin played high school ball at the Maclay School in Tallahassee and at Manatee Community College in 1992.
Martin has two sons, Tyler, an infielder for the Seminoles, and T.J.
|Totals as Player (3 years)||152-57-0||.727||44-25||12-6|
|Totals as Asst. Coach (22 years)||1,060-406-1||.723||409-194||91-52|
|Totals as Head Coach (1 years)||12-5||.706||1-2||--|
|Totals (26 years)||1,224-468-1||.723||454-221||103-58|
|CJ Van Eyk||2020||Blue Jays||2||42|
|Shane Drohan||2020||Red Sox||5||148|
|Cobi Johnson||2018||Blue Jays||30||896|
|Danny De La Calle||2015||Rays||9||268|
|Ryan Strauss||2008||White Sox||9||270|
|Tony Thomas, Jr.||2007||Cubs||3||97|
|Matt Diaz||1999||Devil Rays||17||505|
|Marshall McDougall||1999||Red Sox||26||799|