The Texas Aggie baseball program saw two key components of its 2012 team get picked in the first…
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It's a foregone conclusion that junior Michael Wacha will be selected in the middle of the first round which equates to a $2.5 million signing bonus, so he's definitely gone and won't be coming back for his senior season.
It's worth keeping an eye on Tyler Naquin. He's listed as a late first round pick by a composite of mock drafts. If he is taken in the late first round, his signing bonus is about $1.7 million and he'll be gone. But in reading a lot of draft information, teams are split on Naquin. Some think he's a tweener. Scouts love his arm and his range at the corner outfield spots, but they are very concerned about his lack of power for a right fielder. On the other hand, there is a difference of opinion whether Naquin has the range to play center field and the discipline to be an adequate hitter at the top of a MLB lineup.
So while I think he'll be taken in the first round, it's not a slam dunk and you simply never know if 2-3 teams that like him in the first round go another direction and then he falls into the second or third round. He'll still probably go either way, but if he drops and gets bent out of shape over it, there's an outside shot he could come back...highly doubtful, but worth watching.
Really, this year A&M has few draft risks from the signing class. Yeah, Nick Williams is a guy that I've seen projected anywhere from the late second round to the fifth round. He's a toolsy guy with a huge ceiling but raw....typically not somebody that will step in and anchor a spot in the middle of the batting order. His big negative on his scouting report is his inability to hit a breaking pitch. That's not a good sign for short term contribution at the college level, so while I think getting Williams could be a huge addition for a couple of years down the road, I'm not sure he's a guy that steps in from day one and starts. But I could be wrong.
So in my mind, that really leaves one big A&M signee to watch that will have a huge impact on next year's team as the potential Friday night starter. That's MCC stud right-handed pitcher Eric Brooks. He had a 10-1 record for MCC with a 1.79 ERA and 92 K's in 78 innings of work. He originally played for UH and transferred out to MCC where he really blossomed this season. I've seen him projected from as high as the fourth round to outside the 10th round with most listing him as a 7th-8th round selection. I think he shows up at A&M, but if somebody were to take a flier on him in the third or fourth round, then it could get dicey.
6-foot-6 Grayson Long from Barbers Hill is another to keep an eye on, but his stock has been slowly trailing off so barring a surprise pick in the top 4-5 rounds, I think he'll be in College Station next season.
There may be a late spring signee that's a risk, but as of now I think that's the draft landscape for Aggie baseball fans. Brooks is the one to really watch.
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