Seth Maness, a five-year Major League Baseball pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, was named Florida State’s graduate assistant on August 18, 2022.
Maness, from Pinehurst, North Carolina, was selected in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of East Carolina and pitched five seasons in the Major Leagues. As a rookie in 2013, Maness appeared in 66 games as the St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant and reached the World Series. Maness and the Cardinals also reached the postseason in 2014 and 2015, and he had a 1.46 ERA over 17 career postseason games.
Maness finished his career with the Kansas City Royals in 2017, pitching in 252 career games with an 18-10 record over five years.
Maness was most recently the Coordinator of Player Development at UNC Wilmington, where he assisted the Seahawks’ pitching staff. Under Jarrett, Maness will use his professional experiences to assist with practices, workouts, scouting reports and updated video and technology usage.
“Throughout his recruitment I quickly realized how talented Seth was as a pitcher and infielder,” Jarrett said. “He showed phenomenal instincts for the game and savvy on the mound. At East Carolina, he quickly evolved into one of college baseball’s most elite pitchers where his competitiveness and dedication to his teams was second to none.
“It was awesome to follow his outstanding career in the big leagues, which was so well deserved. He will be quite the addition to our program.”
Recruited by Jarrett at East Carolina, Maness was a four-time first-team Conference USA player from 2008-11 and he still holds ECU records for career wins (38), career strikeouts (334), starts by a pitcher (61) and innings pitched (411.2). He was the 2008 Conference USA Freshman of the Year and 2010 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year.
Maness earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Carolina in 2012 and will be working towards his Master’s degree in sport management at Florida State.