College | Story | 3/6/2021

College Reports: March 6

Kyler Peterson        
Photo: Parker Messick (Larry Novey/Florida State Athletics)
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Players Covered: Parker Messick (Florida State), Andrew Abbott (Virginia), Zach Messinger (Virginia)

Parker Messick, LHP, Florida State

Messick had a strong showing last year out of the Noles pen, only allowing one earned run over 11 2/3 while striking out 19. The strong showing over the 2020 campaign as well as the fall was enough for Mike Martin Jr. to name Messick the Friday night starter.

Messick dominated the Virginia lineup, tossing eight scoreless innings while surrendering only three hits and striking out 11. The lefty stands at a stocky 6-foot, 225-pound build and throws from a drop-and-drive delivery with a nice tempo. The southpaw is a bulldog competitor and is not afraid to challenge batters.

Messick’s fastball operated from 90-92 mph and touched 93, holding throughout the entire outing. He dominated with his changeup at 80-84 mph and utilized it as his out pitch. Messick’s changeup has become a real weapon and is better with each outing. The pitch has fade and big depth almost to that of a curveball. Hitters could not pick it up and swung through it the whole night. Messick throws both a curveball at 75-77 and a slider in the low-80s. He very sparingly threw his slider and favored the curve during the outing. The slider is typically tighter with the curve having slightly more depth. Messick threw his curve for strikes and utilized it to keep hitters off balance.

The lefty has showed steady progress since being put in the starter role. Messick’s competitiveness and confidence is something you can’t teach and it should be fun to watch as he continues to flourish as a starter.

Andrew Abbott, LHP, Virginia

Virginia was fortunate to get Abbott back, but thanks to the shortened five round draft, that was just the case. The lefty was strikeout machine Friday night, punching out 14 over 5 2/3 innings.

Standing at 6-foot, 185 pounds, Abbott has a smallish build with narrow shoulders and waist. The southpaw’s delivery is easy and low effort. His fastball had natural cut, sitting at 91-93 mph, touching 94. Abbott got several of his strikeouts on his curveball which operated at 78-80 mph with 11-5 shape. He threw the breaking ball for strikes over and over again with consistent shape and depth. It’s already a major league pitch and projects to be a future plus offering. Abbott also mixed in a firm changeup at 85-87 mph but he lacked the feel for it and struggled to command the pitch throughout the outing.

The emphasis of focus for Abbott will be developing his change and throwing it consistently for strikes. Abbott has continued the success that he left off from last year and should be selected within the first few rounds come July.

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