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College  | Story  | 4/10/2024

Team Sheet: Texas A&M

Isaiah Burrows     
What Happened: The Aggies went 2-1 over a three-game weekend series against Mississippi State and are living up to their Top-10 overall ranking in the country. They followed it up with another series win at home and continue to roll.

Strengths: Offensive Firepower

The trio of Gavin Grahovac, Jace LaViolette and Braden Montgomery is the best trio of bats in the country. It’s explosive power, speed and ability to get on base at a high rate with those three. Throughout the lineup there’s big bouts of power with Jackson Appel or contact-types like Ali Camarillo and Hayden Schott. There’s a handful of true freshmen standing out, as well. The offense is absolutely potent and one of the best—if not the best— in college baseball.

Weakness: Bullpen

The bullpen has been up-and-down at points this year and it crept its head at during the Mississippi State series. There are some younger arms in the ‘pen still trying to figure it out as the year goes along. The bullpen does seem more susceptible to hard contact, via the long ball, as well. It has strong points with some high-90s arms, but has been inconsistent as well.

Best Player on the Field: Braden Montgomery, OF

Montgomery is tearing the cover off the ball this spring, and it's aiming to be a potential Top 10 pick come July. The tools speak for themselves at this point. It's an 80-grade generational type arm in the outfield and a comfortable switch-hit tool with plus bat speed from both sides. It's comfortable plus in-game power that plays to both parts of the field, and his recent stretch shows just how explosive his operation is in the box. Facing Mississippi State in our look, Montgomery sent 96 mph high and away to the seats in left-center (402 feet) before turning on a low-and-inside heater at the same velocity his next AB.

It's simply explosive, and the hit tool refinements has helped show the power surge as of late. He's cut down his strikeout and chase rate and getting on base at a more consistent clip. He's a good athlete, though more of a 50-grade runner, with high end tools across the board. Montgomery is near the country leader in homers, but his overall array of tools and polish at the plate make him an early name off the board come July.

Jace LaViolette, OF

LaViolette is our No. 1 prospect coming into an early edition of our 2025 draft board, and he's collecting another year of dominance following an eye-popping freshman campaign. It's high end physical tools with good refinement to the offensive profile. The power jumps off the page from the left side. It's easy 70-raw juice that plays—and even leaves— the deepest parts of the yard. He's a consistent triple-digit exit velocity threat each time up, it's hot off the barrel. He creates natural leverage out front, and when the levers are synced up, it goes a long way.

LaViolette has long had the juice since his prep days, but his overall barrel skills and hit tool has made strides the past two years with the Aggies. This year, he's walking just as much as he is striking out. He's a good athlete and 50-type runner that is handling center field well this season for TAMU, though the frame and arm most likely moves him to a corner. He ran multiple sub 4.3 home-to-first times in our look against Mississippi State.

He ran into some hard luck in our look via some hard line-drive outs, but he turned on a couple doubles down the line on Day 3. The offensive impact and left-handed power is top of class, combined with the refined hit tool and athlete on the grass and this is a potential high-end profile for next year.

Gavin Grahovac, 3B
On the same field with two potential first round picks over the next two years, Grahovac was arguably the best player on the field in our series look at Mississippi State. The true freshman has had no issues adjusting to SEC play, as he's done nothing but perform at such a high level. Batting leadoff, Grahovac's blend of power and speed makes this Aggies' order one of the best in the entire country.

Grahovac is a high-end athlete with a blend of physicality to his game. The power jumped off the page right away as he was a standout Game 1, going leadoff solo tank to left and following it up with a towering grand slam. It's a loose, full uphill swing with lots of lift and hitting against a real firm front side. The power is loud to pull, but can play a bit to all fields and even going deepest part of center. What became more evident throughout the weekend was his consistent bat-to-ball and ability to put the ball in play from the leadoff spot. He wore out the opposite field and stayed on pitches in the zone, never selling out for anything and working short-to-long.

Defensively, Grahovac's athleticism can play him a bit all over but he's handled his own at third with an above-average arm across. The power/speed tool set is near the top of his class. He's been a table setter in all facets this year, and will be a fun watch over the next few years.

Ryan Prager, LHP

Prager is logging innings at a high rate for the Aggies this year as the Friday night starter. The lefty comes equipped with a real three-pitch mix alongside a starter's build and overall arsenal. The fastball lives mostly 90-91 but plays up with good downhill angle and aided deception in the arm action. It gets upwards of 20 inches of IVB as well. It gets in on batters, and everything else plays off it. He mixes in a firm low-80s slider with late sweep and sound command. The changeup has good depth in the upper-70s and projects as a fringier third offering.

Prager's command makes him the most enticing. It's three for strikes and using all four quads of the zone. His fastball command gets him ahead seemingly each time around with two off-speeds that play off of it. He doesn't induce just soft contact either, he misses bats at a high rate and can mix-and-match with some of the best in college baseball. Prager projects as a solid backend starter type with a real mix and he simply knows how to pitch. He has the makings of a 6-8th round type in this year's upcoming draft.

Justin Lamkin, LHP

Lamkin is one of the top sophomores on our latest 2025 draft board and he brings a lot to like. He has eaten innings and continues to churn out solid outing after solid outing. He is a physical 6-foot-4, 220-pound framed lefty with a potent two-pitch mix.

The fastball was up to 93 and lived mostly 89-92 with big crossfire from a loose, whippy low three-quarter slot. It's hidden through the back and plays at a good angle. His slider is a plus offering with great action and bite, a late two-plane sweeper type with late depth in the 79-82 range. He also mixed in a low-80s changeup that stayed mostly true in its shape and needs more polish as a third offering.

Velocity may not jump off the page, but Lamkin tunnels pitches awfully well and changes eye levels. He's in the zone, competitive with all three and racked up 12 strikeouts in our most recent look against Mississippi State. He works with great pace and is simply a tough at-bat with his arm slot and deceptiveness with spin. Lamkin is a name to know for next year.

Ali Camarillo, SS

Camarillo may not jump off the page in a star-studded lineup, but he's a well-rounded athlete and gets it done defensively handling the 6-hole for the Aggies. He's swinging it well this year, and the glove has been very good for some time now. He's a glue-type that is much needed for his squad.

Camarillo came up with big swings in big spots over the weekend series. It's good barrel skills and all-fields contact, getting the head out front and letting the hands eat. It's a simple, but athletic operation in the box with looseness to the hands. It's minimal power projection at the plate, but he can impact a few to the pull-side gap and beyond.

Camarillo has some twitch to his game with real snap to the leather and plus actions up the middle. He's a sound glove with a good arm across that sticks up the middle at the next level. The defensive prowess and tool set leads the profile, but Camarillo's stick has come alive in big moments. He has good foot speed in all facets and is a well-rounded player that brings much-needed stability on both sides.

Caden Sorrell, OF

Another impact true freshman, Sorrell was very impressive at the plate and in the field. There's good tools across the board with budding upside. Facing a high-90s draft arm, Sorrell more than held his own with a majestic pull-side homer and double down the left field line. It's a smooth left handed swing and very rhythmic in the box with minimal parts. It's above-average bat speed with some big whip through the zone. There is more power in the frame and the makings of a real polished hit tool that can develop over the next few years.

Sorrell is an impact runner who can get into high gear, he can potentially handle all three outfield spots over the next few years with his quick twitch first step and athleticism. Combined with the hit/power tools and there's a lot to like that Sorrell brings to the table. The athlete and projection is big here and there's considerable upside. The tools and well-roundedness to his game really opened eyes and will be one to watch going forward.