The Jesuit baseball team announced via Twitter Tuesday that sophomore left-handed pitcher Clayton Kwiatkowski committed to Florida State, making him the eighth Tiger on the roster to have orally committed to a Division I program.
Kwiatkowski, who played JV baseball for the Tigers last year, was selected this summer as an alternate for the 15U National Team Trials roster.
Kwiatkowski joins Jesuit teammate Ronnie Ramirez, a junior right-handed pitcher, as a Florida State commit. Ramirez, who transferred from Plant after his freshman season, committed to the Seminoles in August 2012.
With a third of his team committed to play baseball at the next level, Jesuit coach Richie Warren said there will be internal competition for playing time. He expects Kwiatkowski, though, to have his chance to shine on the mound.
“Last year, Ronnie played a lot of innings. Clayton could have that same kind of year,” Warren said, “getting some big outs for us in key situations down the road.”
Kwiatkowski’s fastball can get up to 88 mph, but the sophomore’s secondary pitches set him apart, Warren said. Kwiatkowski is young, but Warren said the left-hander has put much consideration into the recruiting process and his future.
“It’s pretty rare to have a sophomore commit, but recruiting at the high level programs is changing,” Warren said. “He just thought that Florida State gave him the best opportunity, down the road, to achieve his baseball goals.”