Wyatt Crowell: the starry left-hander of the Seminoles

This summer, Florida State had two members of its vaunted pitching team to represent the United States. Specifically, second-year pitchers Carson Montgomery and Wyatt Crowell pitched for the United States Collegiate National Team throughout their offseason. The Tallahassee housemates spent several weeks training and competing via intra-squad scrums, which eventually led to a 10-day overseas trip to the Netherlands.

“I’ve never been out of the country, so it was a great experience for me,” Crowell said. “Just seeing all the different restaurants and dishes was really cool.”

Although the college students absorbed all aspects of European culture, the mission of their trip focused on the Honkbalweek Haarlem, an international baseball tournament first held in 1961. There the American team played seven games, but Crowell and Montgomery only appeared in two games each. .

Montgomery went three solid innings without allowing runs and struck out four. Crowell pitched 1.1 innings, stoked three and allowed just two base runners against the Netherlands and Curacao. The latter of the two surprised the Seminoles southpaw with a noticeable age difference.

“They were all like 30-40 year old guys, I was so confused when we showed up on the pitch, but it was really cool,” Crowell said. “I had to face Roger Bernadina, who played for the Nationals [MLB player 2008-14].”

In the end, the American team left with a bronze medal and an unforgettable experience. When Crowell returned to the United States, he parted ways with baseball and enjoyed some well-deserved rest at home. The Cumming, Georgia native moved back to suburban Atlanta despite his family recently moving to Pensacola. The 20-year-old, although only a few weeks older, has been soaking up the sun by the lake with old neighborhood friends.

His relaxing end to the summer was more than justified due to the grueling spring season which saw Crowell push over 50 innings up the hill. Comparatively, as a rookie, Crowell impacted the game both as a hitter and pitcher. In 2021, he finished with just over 16 runs and a 3.86 ERA. In 2022, with the bat out of his hands, the left-handed pitcher finished with an extremely impressive 6-1 record and 2.12 ERA. That earned him 2022 regional second-team honors and boosted his 2023 MLB draft stock to the first five rounds.

This meaningful transition away from hitting and into a bullpen charge at the helm of the team is exactly what Crowell asked for. Pitching has always been his favorite, but he hopes for even more this year.

“I would love to start,” Crowell said. “I worked a lot on my change because I know it’s very important to have a three-height mix.”

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding Seminole baseball’s season this spring because of new head coach Link Jarrett. Crowell appreciated the attention to detail from Jarrett and new pitching coach Chuck Ristano. Every Sunday, the team receives weekly schedules for practices, which, in turn, keeps the team organized and in unison on daily goals and objectives.

Crowell and the Seminoles have had an extended delay for fall practices with field renovations taking place at Dick Howser Stadium, including a new playing surface and updated turf in the batter’s box and turf. faults. If all goes according to plan, Florida State is expected to begin official fall workouts in mid-October; scrimmages and games will also be finalized and announced in October.

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